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30 years of European Social Dialogue – positive achievements, challenges and future development prospects

Brussels (Belgium), 03-04.03.2015

Friday 6 March 2015

Exactly 30 years ago, social dialogue was launched by the European Commission at European level. EZA, the European Centre for Workers’ Questions, set up the …







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Jubilee Year 2015

30 years EZA, 30 years European Social Dialogue, 30 years Christian and Social Workers’ Education in Europe – that is the motto of EZA’s jubilee year 2015.

EZA was founded on 29th January 1985 in Brussels. The objective of EZA’s founders was workers’ education based on Christian and social values. For this purpose, ten workers’ organizations from Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France and Ireland initially joined together.

Today EZA has 58 members, a candidate member, four associate members and seven observers in Europe. Each year, approximately 70 training events are organized throughout Europe. In addition, EZA has conducted several research projects in recent years and offers further training courses for managers of workers’ organizations.

The range of topics is diverse, ranging from social dialogue in the process of European enlargement and integration, the role of social partners, structural challenges in the labour market, more and better jobs, the balance between flexibility and security, to equal opportunities, compatibility of work and family life, and the mobility and migration of employees.

Each year, EZA publishes an annual programme and provides information about its work in a quarterly newsletter EZA News, the series of papers Contributions to Social Dialogue and its annual report.

European social dialogue also began 30 years ago, on the initiative of then President of the Commission Jacques Delors as the "Val Duchesse social dialogue process". The aim was to involve, in the internal market process, the social partners represented by the European Trade Union Confederation, the Union of Industrial and Employers’ Confederations of Europe and the European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation. As a result of the meetings between these social partners, several joint statements on employment, general and vocational education and other social issues were adopted.

EZA would also like to bring these things to mind for its jubilee year 2015.


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