October 2014 - March 2015
Organised by BusinessEurope, this meeting served to discuss the following issues:
· Tripartite Social Summit on 19 March: Information on the theme
· Commission high level event regarding the future of EU social dialogue on 5 March
· Mobility: Exchange of views concerning the Commission plan to publish a Labour Mobility Package
· Activities in cross-industry social dialogue: In-depth employment analysis and negotiations on the autonomous work programme
· Activities in sectoral social dialogue: Exchange of information / ongoing social impact assessments
· Update on social affairs dossiers: Working time; Evaluation of EU OSH Directives; CSR; Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision (IORP); Undeclared work; Pregnant workers
Organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), this event gathered all concerned actors in order to discuss the following issues which are closely related to social dialogue:
· The role of social partners in EU economic and political governance;
· The enabling conditions for a well-functioning social dialogue, and how can the EU contribute to creating such conditions?;
· How to improve the structure and especially the content and substance of the EU Social Dialogue;
· Broadening the coverage of collective bargaining;
· Efficiency of transnational collective bargaining;
· European social dialogue's contribution to globalisation with a human dimension;The synergies between social and civil dialogue
Organised by DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s, this event gathered stakeholders (representatives of consumers, service providers and competent authorities) to discuss the non-discrimination principle (Article 20.2 of the Services Directive).
The goal was to exchange opinions from a legal and economic viewpoint, on the non-discrimination principle and challenges inherent in its application. The Commission aims to deliver a Strategy to improve the functioning of the Single Market for goods and services in the autumn of 2015.
Jointly organised by UNI Europa and the EFCI, this meeting was devoted to these issues:
§ Adoption of the work programme 2015-2016
§ Planned update of the “Best Value Guide” for the cleaning industry: State of play and future needs in view of the envisaged joint project
§ Daytime cleaning: discussion on further joint initiatives
§ UNI Europa presentation regarding the transposition of the new EU Directive 2014/24/EU on public procurement in several Member States
§ EFCI/UNI Europa lobbying activities about the Commission proposal for a European Platform on undeclared work: Presentation of UNI Europa/EFCI joint position of 28th November 2014 by Anna Harvey and Andreas Lill; Report by the Director on the state of play of the procedure
§ Statistical survey 2014 (data 2012): Report by the Director on the main results
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 the breakfast meeting, the following 4 subjects were discussed: 1) General 2015 outlook focusing on the employment and social aspects of the Commission 2015 work programme; 2) Specific discussion on the ongoing public consultation on the Working Time Directive; 3) High-level event on social dialogue in March; 4) Exchange of information on respective social dialogue activities.
The meeting aimed to discuss the potential contribution of European social partners to strengthen the overall social dialogue in the EU. Firstly, the new Head of Unit B1 within DG EMPL (Social Dialogue and Industrial Relations) – Mr David Pascal Dion replacing Jean-Paul Tricart since the 1st January 2015) – announced that a conference on the relaunch of social dialogue will be held on 5 March in Brussels. Secondly, a Commission official presented recent statistics on the EU-funded projects concerning Social dialogue, Industrial relations and Workers’ organisation over the last 8 years.
09/12/2014 - Seminar concerning the ongoing Commission evaluation of the 24 Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) EU Directives
On 6 June 2014, the Commission published its new EU Strategic framework on OSH for the period 2014-2020 (see the Secretariat note of 10th July 2014). In this context, the Commission is currently assessing the 24 OSH Directives (Framework Directive 89/391/EEC of 12th June 1989 to encourage improvements in the Safety and Health of Workers at Work, and the 23 related Directives).
The European social partners are involved in this ongoing assessment and the Director attended this seminar organised by DG EMPL. He participated in these 3 following workshops: “Do the Directives work as intended?”, “Maintaining the relevance of the Directives”, “Challenges in implementation of OSH legislation - enforcement and SME’s”. As announced it its 2015 work programme, the Commission aims to publish the final results of this evaluation at the end of 2015.
04/12/2014 - Meeting with the Bulgarian MEP Rapporteur Georgi Pirinski to exchange views about the Commission proposal for an EU platform on undeclared work
Andreas Lill met the Rapporteur to discuss his draft report of 11th November and influence his legislative work for the final EMPL-Committee report.
The Director stressed the EFCI’s interest to obtain an observer status in order to be able attending the Platform meetings, and presented the various joint statements and tools elaborated by the cleaning industry’ social partners over the last 15 years. He then proposed to reduce the number of cross-industry social partners to a maximum of 6 and increase the number of sectoral social partners (see the Secretariat note of 15th December 2014).
The Rapporteur appreciated this information and showed his openness to the suggestions made in the position paper on clear procedures to determine how the selection of the sectors is carried out.
Organised by the European Confederation of Private Employment Services (Eurociett), this lunch debate aimed to discuss the key challenges surrounding undeclared work.
After having published in November his draft report about the Commission proposal for an EU Platform on undeclared work, the Rapporteur Georgi Pirinski presented his views on this file debated at the Parliament and Council. Then, the Eurociett President Annemarie Muntz opened a debate on the implications of undeclared work for the labour market, society and governments.
02/12/2014 - Annual information day of the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products (AISE) in Brussels
AISE focused its annual meeting on the benefits of the Industrial & Institutional (I&I) cleaning sector, which represent almost 20% of the value of the sector in Europe (about 6.5 billion € turnover yearly). The Director was invited to present his view on the theme “Hygiene in offices and public places”. The information day was also devoted to the following issues:
Overview of 2014 AISE activities towards product safety, innovation and sustainability; Need for cleanliness/hygiene in public places, for the health of citizens; Broad variety of applications for professional cleaning: Hygiene in hospitals / Hygiene in food & beverage applications / Hygiene in laundry technique / Hygiene in offices and public places; the complementarity innovation & sustainability: a test for the industry and public authorities; Innovation, regulations & sustainability: challenges / opportunities for I&I companies and their customers.
The final conference of the international research project BARSORIS (Bargaining for Social Rights at Sector Level) aimed to discuss the challenges faced by social partners in improving the quality of work through sectoral social dialogue actions. The Director was invited to present his view on the theme “Opportunities, barriers and positive outcomes of EU sectoral social dialogue”.
Afterwards, a study comparing 7 EU countries (Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, and the UK) was presented to highlight the social partners’ experiences in improving the social rights of non-standard/vulnerable workers via collective bargaining and social dialogue. The findings from national reports focused on 4 sectors: industrial cleaning, hospitals, construction, and temporary agency work.
Jointly organised by the European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC) and its trade union counterpart EFBWW (the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers), the seminar served to present the results of this project aiming to assess the eventual elaboration of a European social Identity card for construction workers.
The meeting was devoted to these issues: Overall presentation of the project findings and overview of the country reports, Social ID cards: a powerful tool to combat social fraud? as well as Social ID cards: a way of stepping up Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the construction industry? Members interested in the EFBWW-FIEC final report, can find the document via this link:
17/11/2014 - European standards conference entitled “Better services: how can European standards can help? – Results of Mandate M/517 on Horizontal Service Standards”
Organised by the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN), the conference aimed to present the results of Mandate M/517 EN about the development of potential Horizontal Services Standards (HSS) (see the Secretariat note of 19th May 2014).
The meeting was dedicated to these issues: Background on Mandate M/517 on HSS; HSS: case study of Techniker Krankenkasse (health insurance company); Main results: proposals for standardisation applicable to services (horizontal dimension). The final report on Mandate M/517 should be ready by March 2015.
Between 2013 and 2014, the social partners of the private security services, CoESS and UNI-Europa, updated their 1999 “Best Value Manual” in order to assist buyers in their tendering processes and in developing quality criteria for selecting the best value provider. The project was done through a call for tender at DG Employment, with the financial contribution of the European Commission. The workshop officially closed the 12-months project by addressing the effect of the new EU public procurement rules on the provision of security services, in particular article 67 of the new Directive according to which the Most Economically Advantageous Tender (MEAT) is now recognised as leading award criterion.
The closing workshop was dedicated to the following topics: the new 2014 EU public procurement rules, the updated “Best Value Manual”, responsible tendering: good practices at national level. As the EFCI is strongly considering updating its 2003 “Best Value Guide” as well, this meeting was very useful to obtain information on the future potential approach regarding content and logistics.
Jointly organised by UNI Europa and the EFCI, this meeting was dedicated to the following subjects:
· Report by the Chair regarding the OIB lunchtime conference on daytime cleaning organised in the Commission premises on 24 September 2014
· Presentation by Eduardo Cobas from the Confederation of European Security Services (CoESS) on: a.) The actualisation of the “Best Value Manual” for the private security sector b.) The European Online interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) tool for the private security sector
· Discussion on the working programme 2015-2016 to be adopted at the first meeting of 2015
· Report on the legislative procedure concerning the Commission proposal for an EU platform to fight against undeclared work
· EFCI/UNI Europa lobbying activities: Joint statement by social partners on the implementation of the new Directive 2014/24/EU on public procurement
· Dates for next meetings in 2015