European Social partners are consulted through various procedures.

  1. The Commission has the duty to consult the social partners prior to legislative proposals on social matters (Article 154 TFEU)
  2. European Commission services consult social partners on developments at Union level in all areas (such as trade, internal market, education, industrial policies, etc.) having social implications
  3. Social partners can also participate in all public consultations on nonlegislative initiatives (e.g. Green Papers, White Papers, Communications) launched by the Commission prior to the preparation of an impact assessment.

The ECEG recently participated at the following public and social partner consultations:

  • Public consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights (upcoming, deadline December 2016)
  • Consultation on the regulatory fitness of chemicals legislation (excluding REACH), May 2016
  • Public consultation on the Written Statement Directive ─ employer's obligation to inform employees of the terms of their employment, April 2016
  • First phase consultation of Social Partners under Article 154 TFEU on possible action addressing the challenges of work-life balance faced by working parents and caregivers C(2015)7754final, January 2016
  • Public consultation on EU Social Security Coordination, October 2015
  • Review of the Working Time Directive (Directive 2003/88/EC), March 2015