Every year a Tripartite Social Summit is held in Spring giving the European Social Partners a chance to speak directly to Heads of State and Government to discuss and give advice on the main issues on the agenda.
When considering making proposal on social policy issues, the European Commission has to consult with the European Social Partners before finalising their proposal.
On occasion this can lead to the European Social Partners deciding to enter into negotiations with each other. Depending on how these negotiations come about, they can result in framework agreements sent to the Council to be considered as draft legislation, voluntary agreements which social partners take the lead on implementing nationally or joint opinions.
For the last number of years the European Social Partners have agreed a multiannual work programme, planning the work that they will undertake together. The latest work programme covers the period 2012 – 2014. Further information on social dialogue and industrial relations at EU level, including texts from the European Social Dialogue may be found here.
European Social Partners agree framework of actions on youth unemployment
08/08/2013 - The European Social Partners agreed a framework of actions on youth unemployment in June 2013