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Latest developments

This section gives the opportunity to keep up to date in the field of (interprofessional) European Social Dialogue.

Ad hoc working group on social partner involvement in EU economic and social governance set-up

The European social partners intend to launch a reflection in the social dialogue committee with the aim of defining a shared vision on the consequences that the current debate on European economic governance will have on social dialogue at EU and national levels. It was decided to set up an ad hoc working group, which met for the first time on 20 March.

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Failure of the revision of the working time Directive negotiations

Following attempts by and the failure of the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council to revise the Working Time Directive, the European social partners ETUC, BUSINESSEUROPE, UEAPME and CEEP launched negotiations in November 2011 on the revision of this directive. The negotiations were now broken off.

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European Commission legislative work programme 2013 – ‘socially empty’ and threat to European social dialogue

On 23 October, the European Commission launched its legislative programme for 2013, which could be considered the most meagre programme ever in relation to actions in the social area. Apart from being an almost blank sheet in this area, the programme also represents a serious threat to European social dialogue at both interprofessional and sectoral level.

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