Today [21 November 2019] CEEP, European cross-industry social partner representing employers and providers of public services, holds the final dissemination conference for its the project “Social services in European cross-industry Social dialogue: towards a strong and deeper involvement”.

Co-funded by the European Commission, this CEEP project was co-organised with the following national social services organisations from across Europe: UDES – French association of social enterprises, UNISOC – Belgian national employer organisation for non-profit organisations, and ALAL – Lithuanian association of local authorities. It aims at providing a better understanding of how social dialogue is organised in social services, focusing on the situation in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Hungary, Lithuania, Malta and Romania.

In her opening remarks, Valeria Ronzitti, CEEP General Secretary, emphasised the importance of social services and of social dialogue, and how they can support each other. “The aim of this project is three-fold: it raises political awareness about the key role played by your services to ensure the stability of the EU economy and citizens’ participation in the social and economic life”, said Ms Ronzitti.

She continued:It also is a major contribution to further raise the involvement of social services in cross-industry social dialogue. Social dialogue provides means and solutions to cooperate with institutions, both at EU and at national level. And social services have their place at the table, when the EU must strive for more balance between economic and social.”

The main purpose of the 21 November Final Conference was to discuss and promote the outcome of the project, which are presented in the following study and report (also available in Bulgarian, French, Hungarian, Lithuanian and Romanian).

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