Thursday, 24 March 2011

EU Tripartite Social Summit 24 March 2011

Today, just before the European Council, the European social partners are meeting the representatives of the European Union (European Council, Commission, Hungarian presidency of the Council) for the dialogue known as the Tripartite Social Summit.

The Council secretariat published some generalities ahead of the meeting, but at least they express the modernising spirit of the Treaty:

Background: Tripartite Social Summit 24 March 2011 (2 pages)

Industrial relations

One aspect, the relationship between employers and employees and their representatives, is presented in much more detail in the freshly published 'Industrial Relations in Europe 2010' report (232 pages), downloadable from this page of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.


Businesseurope's 'Message to the EU Council (sic!) meeting on 25-25 March 2011' is supportive of the main proposals on the table of the European Council, but is afraid of the lack of ambition and pace of renewal in many of the member states of the European Union.

Businesseurope wants to see progress in seven broad policy fields described as urgent priorities, and it wishes for the EU institutions to deliver reforms to enhance competitiveness.


In Brussels and elsewhere, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) arranges demonstrations and protests against the economic governance proposals being discussed:

European Council: the ETUC is opposed to European Economic Governance that would jeopardise wages and social rights (23 March 2011)

Ralf Grahn