Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

External relations - Bilateral and regional forums

EU-Canada dialogue

In 2017, Canada and the EU started a bilateral dialogue on employment, social affairs and decent work, based on the Strategic Partnership Agreement. The aim of this bilateral dialogue is to deepen the cooperation and provide a forum for peer learning and knowledge sharing between the two administrations.

Union for the Mediterranean

The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) is an intergovernmental Euro-Mediterranean organisation bringing together all countries of the European Union and 15 countries of the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean. One of the UfM's priorities is to promote business development and employment.

Meetings are organised at regular intervals at Ministerial level to discuss the most pressing employment and social affairs challenges in the region as well as to decide on the way forward (via a Ministerial Declaration). A roadmap is then drawn up to implement the commitments made in the Ministerial Declaration. The policy priorities of the latest Ministerial Declaration on Employment and Labour focused on the employment and employability challenges of the most vulnerable, especially among youth and women.

Regular meetings of the Regional Platform on Employment and Labour and the Social Dialogue Forum are organised to follow up on the roadmap and to discuss further all aspects related to employment, employability and decent work.

The Regional Platform on Employment and Labour meet usually twice per year and bring together government representatives, social partners (employer organisations and trade unions) and labour experts, to advance on the implementation of the commitments taken in the Ministerial Declarations on Employment and Labour.

The Social Dialogue Forum meets every three years and brings together representatives from national employers' and workers' organisations from UfM partner countries, relevant Euro-Mediterranean regional social partners’ organisations, as well as representatives from the UfM Co-Presidency, the UfM Secretariat, the European Commission and experts.

The Social Dialogue Forum organised in the framework of the UfM intends to contribute actively and positively to the establishment and development of strong, independent and effective social dialogue, at the bi- and/or tripartite levels in the UfM member countries.

UfM Ministerials on Employment and Labour

UfM Regional Platforms on Employment and Labour

UfM Social Dialogue Fora

  • 5th UfM Social Dialogue Forum (21-22 November 2023, Marseille)
  • 4th UfM Social Dialogue Forum (6-7 October 2020, online)

Other meetings

  • Side-event on Green Jobs and Skills as Drivers of a Just Transition (10 November 2022, COP27, Sharm El Sheikh)
  • UfM Ministerial on Women (26-27 October 2022, Madrid)
  • Closing Ceremony of the UfM Grant Scheme for Employment Promotion: Regional response to the COVID-19 pandemic (14 July 2022, Barcelona)
  • UfM Med4Jobs Stakeholders' Dialogue: Youth Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age (28 April 2022, online)
  • UfM Community of Practice on Monitoring (14 October 2021, Turin/online)
  • TAIEX regional event “Youth Employment Support in the Mediterranean Region: How to use the potential of the model of the reinforced EU Youth Guarantee?” (29 June 2021, online)
  • Workshop on Labour inspections in the Mediterranean Region (10 December 2020, online)

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