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The Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee was set up in 1999.
This sector covers:
In Europe, the agriculture sector employs some 12.2m people (6% of the EU workforce), in more than 7.3m agricultural businesses (2007). The majority of agricultural workers are self-employed, but the sector is also characterised by a high number of seasonal or casual workers.
The sector's major challenge is the global financial crisis which has contributed to price falls for many agricultural commodities and is expected to seriously affect the short term perspectives of the sector in the EU. Trade liberalisation discussions in the WTO have a direct impact on this sector and further restructuring is expected. Climate change is also a major concern.
The Committee is currently focusing on:
Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee.
See also "European sectoral social dialogue – recent developments" (2010 brochure).