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Social dialogue

European social dialogue refers to discussions, consultations, negotiations and joint actions involving organisations representing both employers and workers at European level. Social dialogue processes are of an increasing importance for the health of the economy, whether at the sectoral, national or European level.

However, not all the pertinent actors are involved or well aware of the added value brought by social dialogue to industrial relations in Europe. Among them, European construction craftsmen and SMEs are underrepresented while they constitute around 99.9% of all the enterprises of the sector.

The European Social Dialogue Committee for Construction was created in 1999 by FIEC (European Construction Industry Federation) and EFBWW (European Federation of Building and Wood Workers). In 2007 EBC was integrated with the status of observer within the employers’ delegation for this committee. 

The EBC Board of Directors appointed Andrea Marconi (ANAEPA, Italy) and Riccardo Viaggi (EBC Secretary General) to represent EBC at the committee meetings.


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