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History

Some milestones of the European Social Dialogue

2010

Adoption of Framework agreement on inclusive labour markets

Prolongation of the 3rd working programme for a period of one year (covering 2011)

2009

3rd multi-annual work programme (2009-2010)

1st revision of a framework agreement (parental leave agreement), incorporated into Directive 2010/18/EU of 8 March 2010

Institutionalisation of the Tripartite social summit for growth and employment in the Lisbon Treaty (Art. 152 TFEU)

2006

Second multi-annual work programme (2006–2008) of the European social partners

2002

20 years of European social dialogue

2003

First tripartite social summit for growth and employment

2002

  • Failure of the negotiations on temporary agency work
  • Adoption of the first autonomous multi-annual work programme (2003–2005) of the European social partners
  • Adoption of the telework agreement (first framework agreement to be implemented by the social partners within the national context)

1997

The agreement was incorporated in the EC Treaty in Amsterdam (Article 138 and 139, now articles 154-155 TFEU).

1995

1st ever concluded framework agreement on parental leave – incorporated into Directive 96/34/EC of 3 June 1996

1991

UNICE, ETUC and CEEP adopted a joint agreement calling for:

  • mandatory consultation of the EU social partners on Commission proposals in the area of social affairs, and
  • an option for negotiation between social partners to lead to framework agreements.

This agreement was first enshrined in the Agreement on Social Policy, annexed to the Maastricht Treaty.

1985

“Val Duchess” process: launch of the bipartite dialogue on the initiative of Jacques Delors (former president of the European Commission).

The social partners start the adoption of joint opinions