Social Europe

DGB-Jugend/Simone M. Neumann

Since the 2000s, Social Europe has experienced many backlashes and trade union rights have been weakened. We build trade union capacities and knowledge about the European social model and promote social dialogue by organizing regional tripartite and sectoral social dialogue activities.

Europe’s social dimension is enshrined in the various founding treaties of the European Union. Social objectives included the promotion of employment, improved living and working conditions, proper social protection; and social dialogue on tripartite, sectoral and company level. Moreover, European social legislation is part of the acquis communautaire that EU members and future members have to adopt.

However, since the 2000s and even more so after the crisis of 2008 and the dominance of a neoliberal economic model, Social Europe has experienced many backlashes and trade union’s influence and some of their fundamental rights have been weakened. Social rights are being played out against market freedom and are deemed disadvantageous in view of “global competition”.

The answer to this cannot be a retreat to national social policy legislation but a re-strengthening of Europe’s social dimension. In view of the EU Commission’s President, Jean-Claude Juncker, declaring that he wants to be “the president of social dialogue”, the times for changes might be favorable.

We build trade union capacities and knowledge about the European social model, we prompt discussions on “fair” competition, European wage coordination or economic governance processes. We promote social dialogue by organizing regional tripartite and sectoral social dialogue activities, allowing for a regional exchange about social policies.

http://www.socialeurope.eu/

Some of our activities are listed here.