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Tripartite Social Summit for Growth and Employment

The Tripartite Social Summit contributes to the effectiveness of social dialogue for the drafting and implementation of the economic and social policies of the European Union (EU). It is a forum for cross-industry social dialogue, used to conduct a dialogue on general policy issues.

ACT

Council Decision 2003/174/EC of 6March2003 establishing a Tripartite Social Summit for Growth and Employment.

SUMMARY

The task of the Tripartite Social Summit is to ensure social dialogue between European institutions and employers’ and workers’ representatives. The Summit takes place within the context of cross-industry dialogue. Its agenda therefore includes issues affecting all economic sectors and workers within the European Union (EU).

In addition, the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) henceforth recognises the Summit’s contribution to the proper conduct of European social dialogue (Article152).

Operation

The Summit meets at least once a year, before the spring European Council. It brings together representatives of:

  • the Council Presidency and the two subsequent Presidencies;
  • the Commission;
  • the social partners, who are divided into two delegations of equal size comprising 10workers' representatives and 10employers' representatives.

The agenda for the Summit is determined jointly by the representatives of the institutions and the social partners.

Background

The Social Summit replaced the Standing Committee on Employment following a joint decision of the social partners at the Laeken Summit in December 2001.

It institutionalises the informal social summits held since December 2000 in the context of the Lisbon Strategy for Jobs and Growth.

References

Act

Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Decision 2003/174/EC

6.3.2003

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OJ L 70, 14.3.2003

Last updated: 25.10.2011

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