In March 2012, the EU Social Partners adopted their fourth multiannual work programme for 2012-2014. This work programme covers a period of three years and includes the following issues and activities: youth employment, in-depth employment analyis; gender equality; education and lifelong learning; mobility and economic migration; better implementation and impact of social dialogue instruments; reinforcing the capacities of social partner organisations, social partners' involvement in the EU economic governance.
During the Employment Summit of 07 May 2009 in Prague, the European Social Partners presented their third joint work programme for 2009-2010.
Through this new programme they reinforce their commitment to jointly
address Europe’s major social, economic and environmental challenges.
This calls for an active role by the social partners at all levels
alongside that of the public authorities. This Work Programme spells
out the autonomous initiatives which the European Social Partners will
undertake during 2009-2010.
In March 2006, the Social Partners set the seal on their second multiannual work programme for 2006-2008.
This commits the participants to action in a range of areas including:
negotiating a framework agreement on harassment and violence at work
(this was concluded in April 2007); concluding a joint analysis on the
key challenges facing European labour markets; implementing a new
integrated programme (which includes joint action to manage change,
building social dialogue in the new EU Member States, etc.); following
up existing agreements.
The EU Social Partners adopted their first joint multiannual work programme for the period 2003-2005 at the Summit in Genval on 22 November 2002. In this framework, the social partners concluded the first agreements in a new generation of “autonomous” initiatives, whereby implementation at the national level was entrusted to the social partners themselves. This fresh approach allowed the conclusion of three important framework agreements on telework (2002), on work-related stress (2004), and on harassment and violence at work (2007). A framework of actions for the development of lifelong skills and qualifications (2002) and a framework of action on equality between men and women (2005) were also adopted.