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The contract catering social partners adopted 11 joint texts between 1998 and 2010. The bulk of them (7 out of 11) reflect their points of view and joint opinions on European Union economic and sectoral policies. But reciprocal commitments make an appearance too.

The results of social dialogue in the contract catering sector appear to be very varied, ranging from joint opinions of the “lobbying” type (on VAT in catering) to reciprocal commitments (on vocational training, health and safety, corporate social responsibility), via declarations and appeals to private and public clients (on the subject of obesity) and to the European institutions (on the award of contracts).

This sector can be placed without reservation in the category of “sectors building a European dimension”, along with those of private security, industrial cleaning, personal services, culture, temporary agency work and HORECA/tourism. The aim is to project a European quality image in terms of food health and safety, vocational training, combating obesity, and so on.

In addition, the social partners aspire to exert influence over the legislative process in the Community (on a reduced VAT rate, on the award of contracts). For the trade unions, EFFAT is also attempting to raise the issue of combating climate change in its social dialogue with agri-business.

ETUI and Observatoire Social Européen (2010) European Sectoral Social Dialogue Factsheets. Project coordinated by Christophe Degryse, online publication available at www.worker-participation.eu/EU-Social-Dialogue/Sectoral-ESD