Conference on "Strengthening Social Dialogue in Local and Regional Government sector"

organised by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) and European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU)

12 December 2008

Holiday Inn Hotel, Bajkalská 25/A, 825 03 Bratislava, Slovakia


As part of the Committee’s current work programme and with the support of the European Commission, we are organising two events in Bratislava on 11 and 12 December 2008:

- 11 December a workshop for LRG social partner organisations in Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland.

- 12 December a plenary meeting of the LRG social dialogue Committee for participants to the workshop on 11 December plus representatives from other European countries. This meeting will replace one of the scheduled plenary meetings of the Committee that normally take place in Brussels,

We are pleased to invite you to the plenary meeting on 12 December. The European Commission has provided a grant to reimburse travel and accommodation expenses of at least one trade union and one CEMR member from each of the EU and candidate countries (Turkey, Macedonia and Croatia).

Please note that during the plenary meeting you will be able to listen to and speak English, Bulgarian, Romanian, Hungarian, Czech/Slovak, Polish, French and Swedish.

- Revised agenda for plenary meeting

- Proposal for the work programme

- Registration form

Practical information

Venue and time

The Conference will take place in the Holiday Inn Hotel, Bajkalská 25/A, 825 03 Bratislava, Slovakia, from 09:00 to 16:00 on Friday 12 December 2008.

Transport: from / to the airport and railway station

A hotel limousine service is available. The price is:
• 450 SKK (+/- 15 Euro) from the airport;
• 350 SKK (+/- 12 Euro) from the main train station;
• And 450 SKK (+/- 15 Euro) from the train station Petrzalka.

Public transport and taxis are also available. Further information may be found at:


The project receives funding from the European Commission. This enables EPSU and CEMR to contribute to accommodation and travel costs of at least one trade union and one CEMR member from EU and candidate countries (Turkey, Macedonia and Croatia) attending the Conference (and in addition to participants attending the workshop on 11 December).

EPSU pay directly for 1 night accommodation and meals in the hotel.

EPSU will also contribute to the travel of participants with a maximum of 400 euros. You are therefore requested to use APEX or cheapest tickets. Travel by car will be reimbursed by the equivalent train fare. We will reimburse travel costs after the meeting. In order to be reimbursed, tickets and boarding cards must be kept and sent back to EPSU after the conference with the expense claim. Please note that taxis will not be reimbursed.


During both meetings you will be able to listen to and speak English, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Slovakian/Czech and French. Passive languages to be advised.


Please return the attached registration form (one per participant) duly completed to the EPSU secretariat by 31 October 2008 the latest [by email: or by fax: + 32 2 2501099].

We have made pre-bookings in the hotel and we will have to cancel rooms after that date.

Reservation confirmations will be sent to participants after this deadline.