Joint Press

On 8 May, ahead of the Sibiu Summit, CEEP presented its contribution to the EU Strategic Agenda 2019-2024, to be adopted during the June Council meeting. Our input, prepared on the basis of the CEEP Key Priorities 2019-2024, relies on 4 pillars:

  • A Europe of values and freedoms,
  • A fair digital transformation,
  • A sustainable and inclusive climate strategy,
  • A Europe which leads by example.

You can find our contribution here.

The EU social partners’ fifth autonomous work programme, a “Partnership for Inclusive Growth and Employment”, sets the course for EU social partners’ joint actions for 2015-2017. EU social partners also agreed on a joint in-depth employment analysis of the functioning of European labour markets.

Eight years after their first joint labour market analysis, EU social partners provide key recommendations to address challenges stemming from the crisis and structural issues. Those recommendations include the potential of social dialogue to deliver growth and employment, the need to address Europe’s weakness in terms of job creation, the need to foster productivity and the importance of fighting inequalities and poverty.

Presenting together a common analysis and an autonomous work programme reflects the responsibility of EU social partners to overcome the challenges brought forward by the crisis, by creating more and better jobs, increasing EU competitiveness and restoring investments and growth.

EU social partners therefore agreed to:

  • negotiate an autonomous framework agreement on active ageing and an inter-generational approach;
  • step up efforts to improve the implementation of their autonomous framework agreements, with a specific focus on the 8-10 Member States where the implementation has been identified as insufficient;
  • highlight the importance of more public and private investments, in order to reach an optimal growth, to boost job creation and to revive EU industrial base;
  • prepare joint conclusions promoting better reconciliation of work, private and family life and gender equality to reduce the gender pay gap;
  • improve skills development to meet needs of digital economies, as well as effective active labour market policies to address skills mismatches, facilitate transitions from unemployment to employment and to more and better jobs;
  • contribute to the efforts of the EU institutions to develop a mobility package, to address loopholes and enforcement issues on worker mobility and to promote mobility of apprenticeships.

Both documents are available here: a “Partnership for Inclusive Growth and Employment” /  Joint in-depth Employment Analysis.


A ‘toolkit’ of initiatives to promote gender equality is launched today in Madrid in a joint initiative by European employers (CEEP, BusinessEurope, UEAPME) and trade union organisations (ETUC).

About 100 initiatives from 25 European countries are contained in the online toolkit accessible via:


It will be finalised by the EU social partners in the coming weeks.

The initiatives include:

  • A work environment based on social dialogue that offers work-life balance as a pre- requisite for successfully attracting and retaining talented employees at BOLIDEN Sweden
  • An additional day of paid leave for the first day of school in first grade of primary school or kindergarten is given to employees in MERCATOR Slovenia.
  • A calculator ‘Logib-D’ for voluntary measuring pay gap in the workplace between women and men.
  • “Spouse of a craftsman, is a true profession!” an initiative by CAPEB in France on the promotion of women in decision-making which acknowledges the role of co-working spouses, demanding the recognition of their professional activity and legal protection, as well as enhancing their role in the enterprise.
  • A collective agreement concluded by Saint-Gobain Italy for the promotion of “Positive Actions” in favour of gender equality at work, such as targeted training for women, facilitation of access to employment and career progression.
  • The CSC campaign against gender stereotypes: “J’efface les clichés, je bosse pour l’égalité” – “I erase stereotypes, I work for equality’.
  • Actions to encourage girls to choose STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – skills in education: MintRelation and Girls’Day, in Germany.

The European social partners – ETUC, BUSINESSEUROPE, UEAPME and CEEP – signed a ‘Framework of Actions on Gender Equality in 2005 to promote gender equality on the labour market and in the workplace. The toolkit being launched today outlines some of the successful initiatives of the organisations’ members to achieve this.

The toolkit shows the added value of the social dialogue between employers and trade unions, and highlights their commitment and key role in enhancing gender equality throughout the EU. Through such social dialogue reaching equality between women and men can be speeded up.

PDF version of the joint press release: PDF

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