The European Sectoral Social Dialogue for Gas was first established in 2008 with a reinforcement of actions in 2019 and is supported by the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion. The recognised European Sectoral Social Partners in the Social Dialogue Committee are industriAll European Trade Union (hereafter industriAll Europe) and EPSU representing the trade unions and Eurogas, representing the employers’ organisations.
Their priorities of work are:
- A future-proof gas sector: getting a common understanding of the challenges and opportunities ahead
- Just transition in the gas sector: anticipating the changes needed in the workforce.
In 2020, the European Sectoral Social Partners committed to carry out a joint project entitled Challenges and opportunities for employment in the gas sector in the context of the European Energy Transition: Ensuring a Just Transition for workers. The project is financially supported by the European Commission, Budget Line VP/ 2020/001 – Support for Social Dialogue. It will run for 24 months starting on 1 March 2021.
The objective of the project is to support the European Social Partners in getting a better understanding of the employment structure and challenges ahead in the context of the energy transition, the European Green Deal objectives, the - 55% emission reduction target by 2030 and the objective to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. It will address the uncertainties for the current and future workforce in the sectors and support the anticipation of change to support a Just Transition.
In order to support the project, the European Sectoral Social Partners are seeking external expertise.