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Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee in Local and Regional Government

In January 2004 a Sectoral Social dialogue Committee for Local and Regional government was set up between EPSU and the Employers Platform of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR-EP). The chair of the committee alternates every two years between EPSU and CEMR.

The Committee is now working on its forth work programme covering the period 2015-2017, adopted in the plenary meeting of December 2014. The work programme identifies the following priorities:

- Represent employers and trade unions in the local and regional government sector in a social dialogue as intended in the Treaties, have discussions and make joint agreements on issues of common interest; AND
- Strengthen the European social dialogue in the local and regional government sector consistent with the recognition of the general principle of local and regional autonomy conferred by the Lisbon Treaty by:

  • organising activities to maintain and reinforce the social dialogue between employer and trade union organisations in local and regional government in the Member States and candidate countries,
  • promoting quality local and regional government public services based on values of social and environmental responsibility and accountability and exchange information on labour market issues and promote the interests and good practice in the local and regional government sector,
  • responding to consultations and other initiatives by the Commission, Parliament and Council ,being pro-active and influencing legislation and policy in the fields of employment, training, social protection, labour law, health and safety related issues,
  • developping and taking agreed positions on issues of policy at the European level for the purposes of dialogue with the European institutions.

Latest Statements and other documents agreed by the Committee include:

See also our meetings documents and minutes. and the Local Government key documents section



EPSU counterpart CEMR as employers organizations highly critical about TTIP as it undermines the autonomy of LRGs

(27 May 2015) In a position adopted last week CEMR critically addresses TTIP and asks for commitments that must comply with local and regional autonomy. It asks that market access commitments in TTIP must comply with local and regional autonomy and clearly states that public services must be out of the scope of TTIP. In a context of budgetary cuts and binding service delivery missions, LRAs’ economic, social and financial sustainability is already threatened and the existing adequate legal (...)

Social dialogue Local and Regional government working group meeting

22 May 2015 Centre Borschette, Brussels List of hotels List of hotels in Brussels (2015) Participation form Part form 22052015 Rules refund Rules refund EN Rules refund FR Rules refund DE Meeting documents

Joint EPSU - CEMR Press Release: High level Conference ‘A new start for social dialogue’ 4 March 2015

“Trusting and involving social partners: a win-win solution to build a social dialogue adapted to the challenges” (Brussels, 4 March 2015) The 5 March High-Level Summit 2015 is expected to be a new step for the European social dialogue with the organisation of the High level conference ‘A new start for social dialogue’, hosted by the European Commission. CEMR and EPSU, as the most representative organisations for Local and Regional Governments as employers and for their workers’ trade unions, (...)

Social dialogue Local and Regional government working group meeting

23 February 2015

Social dialogue Local and Regional government Plenary meeting

16 December 2014

EPSU confirmed as most representative trade union organization for local and regional governments sectoral social dialogue

(EPSU Press release - 2 December 2014) At European level, the European Commission established a Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for local and regional governments in 2004. According to the results of the study EPSU and CEMR are the most important EU-wide representatives of the sector’s employers and employees. The data collected for this study show that both European social partners currently involved in sectoral social dialogue affiliate the majority of national organisations which have (...)

Guidelines adopted on Strengthening Migration and Anti-Discrimination in Local and Regional Government

(18 September 2014) The Social Partners in Local and Regional Government have adopted guidelines on strengthening migration and anti-discrimination in local and regional government in their meeting on 17 September 2014. The social partners in local and regional government ask for a broader policy of social inclusion and diversity but with a particular emphasis in strengthening the inclusion of migrants into the workplace. The social partners would like to take responsibility at European (...)

Social dialogue Local and Regional government working group meeting

17 September 2014

Social dialogue Local and Regional government working group meeting

23 June 2014 Part form List hotels Rules refund EU EN Rules refund EU FR Rules refund EU DE meeting documents

Social dialogue Local and Regional government working group meeting

12 February 2014 part form SD LRG 12 Feb hotel list in Brussels 2014 rules for refund by EU EN rules for refund by EU DE rules for refund by EU FR meeting documents

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