Through their 2011 joint study on national and sectoral initiatives
, the European social partners conducted an analysis of tripartite and bipartite practices at national and sectoral levels. This joint study has identified a number of issues regarding the involvement of social partners on interlink between climate change, employment and training policies across Europe.
Building upon the 2011 joint study, European social partners wanted to look into more detail at different models of social partner participation and engagement in the transition towards a low-carbon economy, including some which may have emerged since the study took place.
In line with the 2012-2014 work programme, the focus was put on the implications of the greening of the economy on skills needs. The European social partners organized a Joint Conference entitled "Skills needs in greening economies" as part of the Integrated Programme of the EU Social Dialogue 2013-2014 undertaken with the financial support of the European Commission.
In terms of methodology, the European social partners asked a subcontractor / expert (ICF GHK
) to identify existing practices, based on the joint initiative, as well as a number of new initiatives, illustrating concretely these elements and challenges.
The European social partners organized a joint conference to present the main practices identified (80 participants, 40 from each side) and to discuss possible lessons learned on social partner involvement in better responding to changing skills needs in greening economies.
This 1.5 day conference took place on 10th and 11th October 2013, in Brussels.
- The European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion (EMPL), Mr Fernando Vasquez
- Keynote speech on Skills for a Low Carbon Europe by Antonio Ranieri, Senior Expert at the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)
- Presentation of preliminary findings by the experts, ICF GHK
- Sector Skills Councils for Public Utilities, Jerry van den Berge (EPSU)
- BUILD UP Skills, Rolf Rehbold (ZDH, Germany)
- The Green Economy and Competences of Organisations, Mario Vitolo (OBR Campania,
- Green Skills Partnership, Stuart Barber and Richard Blakeley (TUC, UK)
- Klima:aktiv, Johannes Fechner (Austria)
- Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Riccardo Viaggi (European Builders’ Confederation)
- Keynote speech on Employment Challenges and VET policy, by Mr Felix Rohn, European
Commission DG Education and Culture