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September - November 2011

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23/09/2011 - European Employers’ Network (EEN) at BusinessEurope

The EEN, which is organised several times per year by BusinessEurope, offers a regular platform of information, discussion and exchanges of experience on issues of concern for European employers associations’ representatives. The following subjects were discussed:

  • Tripartite Social Summit on 17 October 2011: discussion on the main messages to be brought forward and designation of the EEN member to be included in the BusinessEurope delegation
  • Working time: discussion on latest developments regarding the revision of the directive
  • Posting of workers: presentation by the European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC) of joint initiative of European social partners in the construction sector in view of upcoming Commission’s proposals on posting of workers
  • EU sector skills councils: presentation by two sectors (commerce and textile) in which a sector skills council has been set up and exchange of information in order to assess the effectiveness of EU sector skills councils in different sectors
  • Activities in the cross-industry social dialogue: Social Dialogue Work Programme after 2011 and new round of projects on social dialogue and on active ageing
  • Activities in the sectoral social dialogue: exchange of information on the basis of the monitor report and ongoing social impact assessments
  • Update on other social affairs dossiers: BusinessEurope publications on “putting Europe to work”; restructuring; corporate social responsibility; pregnant workers

10/10/2011 - Liaison Forum at the European Commission DG EMPL

The “Liaison Forum”, which is organised several times per year by DG EMPL, offers a regular platform of information, discussion and exchanges of experience on subjects of interest for EU social partner representatives. The following subjects were presented and discussed:

  • Minutes of the Extraordinary Liaison Forum of the contribution and potential of European social dialogue to improving health and safety at work of 19 May 2011
  • Introduction: recent and forthcoming developments for European social dialogue and industrial relations, by Jean-Paul Tricart, DG EMPL, Head of Unit for "Social Dialogue, Industrial Relations"
  • Social dialogue issues:
    • Social Protocol 20 Years Conference held on 24-25 November 2011 in Warsaw (Poland), input and participation of sectoral social partners
    • Networking day for beneficiaries of calls for proposals VP/2011/001 and VP/2011/002: purpose, agenda, follow-up, by Stefaan Ceuppens
    • Representativeness studies: state of play 2011 and discussion of a 2012 draft work programme
  • Europe 2020 Flagship initiative "Youth on the Move": state of implementation of DG EMPL - led actions, by Christiane Westphal
  • Impact assessments: update on the involvement of social partners and consultation on sectoral social dialogue committees, by Frank Siebern-Thomas
  • European Years 2011/2012:
    • European Year of Volunteering 2011: preliminary results presented by John MacDonald, Head of Task Force, followed by a discussion on the role of social partners
    • European Year for Active Ageing 2012: outlook presented by Ralf Jacob, Head of Unit DG EMPL/D3, followed by a discussion on the role of social partners
  • Key priorities and expected outcomes of European sectoral social dialogue in 2012, Tour de table of social partner representatives
  • Preparation of the next thematic Liaison Forum on capacity-building and social partner projects to be held on 12 December 2011, Tour de table of social partner representatives
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19/10/2011 - Annual summit of the NGO “Fit for work Europe” in Brussels

Organised for the third time, this annual summit of “Fit for work Europe” brought together a coalition of European and national politicians, economists, occupational health specialists, and other healthcare experts to consider practical steps and solutions towards making musculoskeletal diseases (MSDs) a public health and work priority at both EU and national levels. Divided into two sessions, this meeting was dedicated to the following issues:

  • Session 1: Change with us: practical steps and solutions towards making MSDs a public health and work priority at the EU and national levels
    • The importance of making MSDs a priority at national and European level by Prof. Paul Emery, Co-President, Fit for Work Europe Coalition
    • Why isn't work routinely considered in health care decision making, by Leela Barham, Independent Health Economist
    • Panel’s discussion for making Europe Fit for Work: what needs to be done to set up effective systems at national level?
    • Practical steps and solutions towards making MSDs a health and work priority at the national and EU levels, by Prof. Oliver FitzGerald, National Clinical Director for Rheumatology, Ireland
    • How to make a national priority into a clinical reality, by Juan A. Jover, Rheumatology service, Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Spain
    • Workshop 2: Which policies can be promoted to allow for reasonable workplace accommodation for workers with MSDs to maximise their productivity and wellbeing?
    • Presentation of workshop recommendations by Prof. Stephen Bevan, Co-President, Fit For Work Europe Coalition
  • Session 2: Addressing MSDs and work capacity in EU health and employment policies
    • Recognising workers’ rights; the importance of a healthy workforce, by Lech Wałęsa, Former President of Poland, Fit for Work Global Ambassador
    • Addressing MSDs and work capacity in EU policies, by Edite Estrela MEP, Chair of the European Parliament Interest Group on Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases
    • Placing MSDs within a European framework for the management of chronic conditions, by Isabel de la Mata, European Commission, DG Health and Consumers
    • Fit for Work as an innovation model, fostering innovation management for a healthier Europe, by Patricia Reilly, Cabinet member of Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science
    • How to give MSDs due focus in the workplace across the EU, by Stephen Hughes, MEP
    • The importance of employment policies to help fight social exclusion, by Jean Lambert, MEP
    • Boosting work participation, reducing health inequalities: the importance of early intervention, by Prof. Peter Goldblatt
    • Keeping people in work for the long-term. MSDs and European Union employment policies, by Eva Török, Deputy Head of Cabinet for László Andor, Commissioner for Employment
    • A call to action: conclusions and morning workshop recommendations, by Dr. Antonyia Parvanova, MEP and Co-President, Fit For Work Europe Coalition

21/10/2011 - European social dialogue Committee meeting on industrial cleaning

Jointly organised by UNI Europa and the EFCI, this meeting was dedicated to the following issues:

  • The “Work and Life Quality in New and Growing Jobs” (WALQING) project: addressing quality of work and vulnerable groups in the services:
    • General presentation of the project by Monique Ramioul, Research Institute for Work and Society (HIVA) of the Catholic University of Leuven
    • Specific information on first project findings by Dr. Vassil Kirov, Institute for the Study of the Societies and Knowledge at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
  • Exchange of best practices on standards developed at national level in the cleaning sector: the examples of Austria and Finland: presentation by UNI Europa members Michael Haim (VIDA – Austria) and Tarja Valkosalo (FACT – Finland)
  • The Danish example on unfair competition and the responsible contractor policy: the example of ISS in Denmark presented by UNI Europa member Henriette Olofsen (3F – Denmark)
  • Update on the revision of the EU directives on public procurement by Laila Castaldo (UNI Europa) and Andreas Lill (EFCI)
  • Follow-up on the on-going representativeness study for DG Employment carried out by the European Foundation for the improvement of living and working conditions (Eurofound)
  • Date for next meetings in 2012

25/10/2011 - European Business Services Round Table at the CEN premises

The aim of EBSRT is to develop a common platform for business-related services on issues of mutual interest. It gathers representatives of associations involved in the services sector across Europe. The following subjects were presented and discussed at the premises of the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN):
• The modernisation of EU public procurement rules: presentation of the state of play of the upcoming Commission’s proposal, by Yaroslav Kracun from the European Commission, DG Internal Market and Services, Unit C3
• A response with an industry perspective: presentation by Andreas Lill, EFCI
• ‘Adapting to change’ – Ciett/Eurociett report: presentation by Michael Freytag, Eurociett