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25/11/2011 - Conference in Warsaw on negotiation, consultation and autonomy of EU social partners: 20 years of the Social Partners' Agreement

The Commission has hold a two-day conference in Warsaw with the aim to focus on the history of social partners' agreements, how they work, their scope and nature, how can they be promoted and prospects for the future.
a.) Thursday 24th November
• Session 1: From the social agreement to the Treaty – challenges - Chair: Jean-Paul Tricart, Commission; Jean Lapeyre, Head of mission SYNDEX; Patrick Venturini, Secretary General of AICESIS; and Thérèse de Liedekerke, Managing Director of BusinessEurope
• Session 2: Statements from the Commission and the Presidency of the Council

- László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
- Jolanta Fedak, Minister for Employment and Social Affairs, Poland

• Session 3: From the social agreement to the Treaty – putting EU social dialogue into practice

- Development of autonomous social partner activities and the work programme of cross-industry social dialogue: Leif Dergel, ETUC and Michael Brodie, PPE, UK Section of CEEP
- The 1998 Commission decision and the development of sectoral social dialogue: Uwe Petzhold, EFBWW and Dominique Bailly, Posteurop

• Session 4: How the consultation phase enriches EU social policy

- Chair: Andrew Chapman, Commission; Liliane Volozinskis, Social Affairs Director, UEAPME; Barbara Surdykowska, Solidarnosc; and Madeleine Reid, Commission

• Session 5: Challenges of implementation of autonomous agreements (three examples)

- Chair: Francois Ziegler, Commission; on stress: Henrik Schilder, local government Denmark, CEEP and Maria Helena Andre, ETUC; on telework: Elena Crasta, ETUC and Edyta Doboszynska, ZRP Poland, UEAPME; and on crystalline silica: Andrea Husen, EMF and Michelle Wyart-Remy, co-chair of Nepsi

b.) Friday 25th November
• Session 6: Implementation of agreements by Directive – Social partners' experience

- Chair: Francois Ziegler, Commission; cross-industry example on parental leave: Andrée Debrulle, ETUC and Anu Sajavaara, EK Finland, BusinessEurope; sectoral example on sharps injuries: Matthias Maucher, EPSU and Godfrey Pereira, Secretary General, Hospeem

• Session 7: Implementation of agreements by Directive – challenges and prospects for member states and social partners: Patrick Itschert ETUC; Jørgen Rønnest, Chairman of BusinessEurope’s Social Affairs Committee; and Elisabeth Schroedter, MEP 
• Session 8: European Social dialogue – prospects for the development of the consultation and negotiation dimensions of social dialogue: Bernadette Ségol, ETUC; Philippe de Buck, BusinessEurope; Andrea Benassi, UEAPME and Ralf Resch, CEEP
• Session 9: Closing of Jean-Paul Tricart, Commission; and Radoslaw Mlecko, Deputy Minister for Employment and Social Affairs of Poland