Brussels Daily
04 Mar 2015


Brussels Daily

Social dialogue in Europe: together for a new start

Tomorrow the European Commission will organise, in Brussels, a High-Level Conference bringing together leaders of European and national employers’ and workers’ organisations, Members of the European Parliament and representatives from the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU. This Conference, called A new start for social dialogue, is an important step forward in strengthening and deepening dialogue with a broad cross-section of social partners in order to better address the economic and social challenges faced in Europe, as set out in the Political Guidelines and Work Programme of the European Commission. Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, Valdis Dombrovskis, said: “This High-Level Conference is the first of many steps where the Commission will reaffirm its commitment to engaging with employers and workers in shaping the European policies that affect us all. This is becoming increasingly important: not least considering the Commission’s mandate in EU economic governance, and the challenge of helping cement the recovery of the European economy in a sustainable and fair way.” Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, commented: “Today’s economic and social challenges require a thriving social dialogue at both EU and national level. Where social dialogue is strong, economies are more competitive and socially resilient. The involvement of social partners in the design and implementation of policies is crucial to strengthen competitiveness and fairness, and is a prerequisite for the functioning of Europe’s social market economy”. Read the  press release,  memo and brochure on social dialogue.

Third European Citizens’ Initiative submitted to the Commission

The Commission has officially received the third successful European Citizens’ Initiative, with properly validated support from at least one million European citizens in at least seven Member States. Support for the Stop Vivisection ECI, whose organisers call on the EU to propose a European legislative framework aimed at phasing out animal experiments, has been checked and validated by the national authorities of the Member States. Support for the initiative crossed the minimum threshold in Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. Overall, the ECI received 1,173,130 validated statements of support. Within the next three months, the Commission will invite the organisers to Brussels to explain their ideas in more depth, and a public hearing will be arranged in the European Parliament. Then the Commission must decide whether it will act by adopting legislation, act in some other way to achieve the goals of the ECI, or not act at all. Whichever route is taken, the Commission must explain its reasoning through a Communication adopted by the whole College of Commissioners.

Commissioner Vĕra Jourová in the European Parliament to celebrate International’s Women Day

Commissioner Vĕra Jourová will deliver a key-note speech at the interparliamentary meeting on “Empowering Women and Girls through Education” organised on 5 March by the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM). After the meeting, Commissioner Jourová and FEMM Chair Iratxe García Pérez (S&D, ES) will hold a press conference at 12:30 CET in the European Parliament’s press room “Anna Politkovskaya”.

Read full: Daily News 04 / 03 / 2015


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