June - October 2014
This EEN meeting organised by BusinessEurope was dedicated to the following subjects:
§ Tripartite Social Summit on 23 October: information on theme and designation of the EEN member to be included in the BusinessEurope delegation
§ Priorities for the next Commission: exchange of views
§ Activities in the cross-industry social dialogue: in-depth employment analysis; next social dialogue work programme; gender toolkit
§ Activities in the sectoral social dialogue: exchange of information; Commission’s support to sectoral social dialogue; ongoing social impact assessments
§ Update on social affairs dossiers: Strategy Europe 2020 consultation; consultation on future of EU CSR Strategy; working time; job evaluation and classification systems - gender dimension; diversity in employment and at the workplace; undeclared work
Since many years, the European social partners EFCI and UNI Europa raised awareness and tried to influence the Commission on this issue. Therefore, the Office for Infrastructure ans Logistics of the Commission in Brussels (OIB) proposed to organise for the second time a joint conference (the first took place on 18 June 2013). The goal was to introduce the subject to Commission employees, mainly to overcome the resistance of the "clients", i.e. the Commission officials occupying the offices in Brussels.
The EFCI and UNI Europa, in collaboration with DG Employment and OIB organised this event to stress on the diverse advantages of daytime cleaning for clients, companies and the cleaning personnel. At this occasion, EFCI and UNI Europa presented the actions initiated within their Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee, especially their "Joint Declaration on Daytime Cleaning" of March 2007. Then the Belgian social partners (FGTB and ABSU-UGBN) presented their joint campaign of 2012-2013 entitled "To clean during daytime? A world of differences”!
Finally, the representative from OIB described how the principle of daytime cleaning is increasingly put in practice in the Commission premises in Brussels. It was confirmed that OIB is gradually implementing the approach of daytime cleaning in the Commission premises. OIB moreover announced that the next framework contract for cleaning of its premises (expected for 2015) will include this concept and the required technical modalities related to it.
On 16 and 17 September, the German member association BIV organised in Stuttgart its biennial congress on the future of cleaning industries and the newest sectoral trends in Europe.
At this occasion, the Director held a workshop that was divided into the three following main subjects: day time cleaning / the new EU rules on public procurement / the enforcement Directive of the Posting of Workers’ Directive.
12/09/2014 - Conference of the International Association of Building Services Contractors (FIDEN) in Dresden - Germany
FIDEN is an association that assembles contractors active in industrial cleaning and FM. It also includes all sectors helping cleaning businesses to offer the best quality of services at a fair market price and to deal with customers’ demands for cleanliness and hygiene: manufacturers of cleaning machines, tools and detergents; sector-oriented consulting firms; regional and national associations of cleaning contractors. For further information, you can visit the FIDEN website via this link: http://www.fiden.org/en/
At the occasion of its 58th annual congress entitled “Impact of European and National Politics on Industrial Cleaning – What‘s ahead?”, the EFCI Director and the German MEP Hermann Winkler (EPP), expressed their opinion during the session called “New EU Parliament and new EU Commission 2014 – New Politics for the Cleaning Industry?”
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 interest for European employers’ associations. During this meeting, the following subjects were discussed:
§ Priorities for the next European Commission: exchange of views
§ Commission communication entitled “Green Employment Initiative”: discussion on sectoral aspects
§ Activities in cross-industry social dialogue: in-depth employment analysis and next social dialogue work programme
§ Activities in sectoral social dialogue: exchange of information; ongoing social impact assessments
§ Update on social affairs dossiers: future of EU Social Dialogue; mobility; EU Health and Safety Strategic Framework; consultation on future of EU CSR Strategy; Occupational pensions: Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision II (IORP) proposal
07/07/2014 - Information session on the new EU strategic framework on Health and Safety at Work for the period 2014-2020, in the frame of Liaison Forum at DG EMPL
The Commission organised this meeting with EU social partners’ representatives to discuss its communication on the EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020 published on 6 June 2014 (see for all details, the Secretariat note of 10th July 2014).
The presentation was given by a representative of the Unit "Health, Safety and Hygiene at Work" within DG EMPL and was followed by a debate during which many opinions were exchanged. While the trade unions’ representatives stressed the lack of ambition of the new framework, most of employers’ representatives estimated that the Commission has chosen the appropriate means to improve Health and Safety of millions of workers across the EU.