"On demand" Seminars

As part of the Integrated Projects of the EU Social Dialogue, ETUC national member organisations are given the opportunity to submit application for:

 a)    Joint national seminars on EU Social Dialogue

 b)   Trade union only seminar on EU Social Dialogue

 

How to apply to for a Social Dialogue Seminar on Demand

a)    Joint national seminars on EU Social Dialogue

National social partners willing to organise a joint event on a topic linked to EU Social Dialogue should:

  • Submit a joint request (either by letter or by email) to their respective organisations (see below)
  • Address a topic clearly linked to issues that are tackled in the EU SPs work programme or issues that are high in the EU social dialogue agenda (i.e. involvement of social partners in the economic governance, capacity building, follow-up of youth employment framework of actions, etc.);
  • Tackle the interconnection of national and European social dialogue;
  • Organise a seminar with genuine bipartite character, stimulating the interest of both employer / trade union representatives;
  • Focus on one particular country or cover a limited number of EU countries;
  • Incorporate a dissemination strategy so that the results can be publicised to a wider audience.

The joint seminar should be held over one day and the audience has to consist of a balanced mix of trade unionists and employers’ representatives (up to 30). The ETUC and/or BusinessEurope will cover the following costs: accommodation and subsistence (1 night and 2 meals), interpretation (in a language other than the national language, for foreign speakers), meeting room, interpretation booths, a limited budget for translation of documents and local transport costs.

 

 How to proceed to submit a request for a joint national seminar? 

-       Members of the ETUC should contact Ruairi Fitzgerald (rfitzgerald@etuc.org) while members of Businesseurope, UEAPME and CEEP should contact Guillaume Cravero (g.cravero@businesseurope.eu).

If you want to organise a seminar you should express their willingness in writing to one of the two contacts or both.

  b)   Trade Unions’ national seminars on EU Social Dialogue

Similarly as for the joint national seminars, the trade union events are an opportunity for ETUC affiliates based in one of the 28 EU member states to organise a seminar on issues relating to the reinforcement of bipartite social dialogue. In the case of this activity requests do not have to be jointly submitted. The following topics could be addressed: the interconnection of national and European social dialogue; the participation to European social dialogue activities but also the implementation of European social dialogue instruments.

The seminar has to be held over one day and the audience targeted will consist of around 20 national trade union representatives. The ETUC will cover the following costs: accommodation and subsistence (1 night and 2 meals), interpretation (in a language other than the national language, for foreign speakers), meeting room, interpretation booths, a limited budget for translation of documents and local transport costs. 
 
 

How to proceed to submit a request for a trade union national seminar?

To benefit from this opportunity, the confederation(s) interested should fill the this form and send it to Ruairi Fitzgerald, ETUC rfitzgerald@etuc.org; tel: +32 2 224 404 who is also available to help answer further questions.

Please note that the opportunity to organise either a joint or a trade union only seminar on EU social dialogue must be formulated before March 2016 so that the event can be organised within the time period covered by the EU Commission financing. Seminars must take place before the 30 May 2016 at the latest, the date of the end of the project.

Below an overview of the seminars on demand on social dialogue held since January 2008. 

  • ACLVB/ CGSLB (Belgium), "Twinning seminar on the reinforcement of bipartite social dialogue", 18/03/11
  • GSEE (Greece), "The role of European social dialogue in forging inclusion: EU social partners inclusive labour markets framework agreement", 11/02/11
  • UIL (Italy), "Challenges to workers’ mobility in the bordering area of Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia: what perspectives for dialogue at European and national level?", 15/12/10
  • PODKREPA (Bulgaria), "European dimensions and role of the bipartite social dialogue for softens the consequences of the global crisis - the example of France and Belgium", 20/07/10
  • SEK (Cyprus), "Promoting gender equality as a tool towards the advancement of social dialogue on national level", 29/01/10
  • GWU (Malta), "European Social Dialogue", 25/01/10
  • KOZ-SR (Slovakia), "Towards a more effective social dialogue in Slovakia", 19/01/10
  • TUC (UK), "Social dialogue - bringing it back home", 16/12/09
  • LDF, LPS, LPSK (Lithuania), "The Role of Lithuanian trade unions in promoting social dialogue in a time of economic crisis", 03/12/09
  • TUC (UK), "Violence and harassment at work: implementing the EU social partner agreement in the UK", 17/11/09
  • OPZZ, NSZZ Solidarnosc (Poland), "Implementation of the European social dialogue outcomes procedures and practical experiences", 17/11/09
  • SZEF, SZT, LIGA, MSZOSZ, MOSZ, ASZSZ (Hungary), "How to reinforce the bipartite social dialogue in Hungary?", 17/11/09
  • EAKL, TALO (Estonia), "How to use European social dialogue instruments in economic crisis?", 06/11/09
  • CITUB, PODKREPA(Bulgaria), "European perspectives and the social dialogue in Bulgaria - realities, orientations for reinforcement and strategies for the future", 30/06/09
  • CMKOS (Czech Republic), "Implementation of the autonomous agreements of European social partners as used in various countries and national practices of bipartite social dialogue", 22/05/08
  • SEK, DEOK, Turk-Sen (Cyprus ), "Reinforce bipartite social dialogue", 26/05/08
  • EAKL, TALO (Estonia), "European social dialogue seminar", 15/05/08
  • LBAS (Latvia), "Reinforcement of bipartite social dialogue", 20/05/08
  • LDF,  LPS, LPSK  (Lithuania), "The bipartite social dialogue perspectives in Lithuania", 09/06/08
  • KOZ-SR (Slovakia), "Social dialogue seminar", 23/06/08
  • OPZZ, NSZZ Solidarnosc (Poland), "Reinforcement of bilateral social dialogue: challenges to Polish trade unions", 24/06/08