A high level conference marking the new start for social dialogue took place in Brussels on 5 March in the presence of the President of the European Commission.
The Commission is committed to strengthening the dialogue with social partners.
Social dialogue at all levels is a prerequisite for the functioning of Europe’s social market economy and crucial to promote both competitiveness and fairness.
The event discussed concrete ways to strengthen social dialogue throughout the EU with EU cross-industry social partners and their national affiliates from all Member States, as well as EU sector social partner organisations.
The conference was opened by European Commission Vice-President Dombrovskis, European Parliament President Martin Schulz and on behalf of the Council Presidency Minister of Welfare of the Republic of Latvia Uldis Augulis. Introductory remarks were also delivered by leaders of EU cross-industry social partners’ organisations (Markus J. Beyrer, Director General, BUSINESSEUROPE; Hans-Joachim Reck, President, CEEP; Gunilla Almgren, President, UEAPME; Bernadette Ségol, General Secretary, ETUC).
The conference included a number of workshops:
The event was closed with final remarks by Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, Commissioner Marianne Thyssen and the leaders of the EU social partner organisations (Bernadette Ségol, General Secretary, ETUC; Peter Faross, Secretary General, UEAPME; Valeria Ronzitti, General Secretary, CEEP; Emma Marcegaglia, President, BUSINESSEUROPE).
President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered the closing address.