Working Groups

The ECEG and its social partner, supported by the European Commission, set up two working group meetings per year. The ECEG board nominates one chair for each working group. He or she is a national expert of one of ECEG’s member associations and is responsible for the smooth running of the meetings.

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Working Group 1: Competitiveness, Employment and Industrial Policy

Chair: Mr. Jochen Wilkens, managing director at VCI/BAVC, Germany

  • Topics currently discussed:
    • Energy and climate change policy: COP 21, Tiered approach, ETS
    • Impact of digitalisation on the labour market
    • European Pillar of Social Rights
    • Sustainable Employment and Career Development
    • REACH – ECHA info cards
    • Consultation on the regulatory fitness of chemicals legislation (excluding REACH)
    • Re-industrialisation
Working Group 2: Health & Safety and Demographic Change

Chair: Mr. Simon Marsh, managing director at CIA, United Kingdom

  • Topics currently discussed:
    • Responsible Care
    • Sustainable healthcare
    • EU Occupational Safety and Health Directive on Carcinogens and Mutagens
    • REFIT Evaluation of the EU Directives on Occupational Health and Safety
Working Group 3: Education, Training & Lifelong Learning

Chair: Mr. Koen Laenens, managing director at Essenscia, Belgium

  • Topics currently discussed:
    • Digital skills
    • ESCO – European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations
    • European Alliance for Apprenticeship
    • Sector Skills Alliance

The topics discussed at the working group meetings are based on the work programme of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee.