Social dialogue & conflict resolution mechanisms


Workshop on social dialogue and conflict resolution mechanisms: conciliation, mediation, arbitration in Estonia, Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovenia - 29-31 October 2003, Prague

Venue: Ministry of Health, Palackeho namesti 4, Prague 2

Research discussion papers outlining the position in the five countries: Estonia, Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovenia

Wednesday 29 October (schedule for Thursday 30 October ; Friday 31 October)

Chair: Christian Welz, Research Manager, European Foundation for the Improvement for Living and Working Conditions

12.30 Registration

13.00 Welcome address

Willy Buschak, Acting Director, European Foundation for the Improvement for Living and Working Conditions
Dagmar Tomkova, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Czech Republic
Lena Skiöld, Work Life and EU Enlargement Project, Stockholm [abstract]

14.00 Social dialogue and conflict resolution mechanisms: background of the project

Timo Kauppinen, Research Manager, European Foundation for the Improvement for Living and Working Conditions [abstract]

14.20 Conciliation, mediation and arbitration in the European Union

Fernando Valdes Dal-Re, Madrid Complutense University, Spain [abstract]

14.40 Debate

15.00 Coffee

15.30 Group work 1: Today’s situation and SWOT analysis on national conflict resolution mechanisms

17.00-18.30 Feedback from the rapporteurs of each working group and comments by Fernando Valdes Dal-Re.


Thursday 30 October

Chair: Timo Kauppinen, Research Manager, European Foundation for the Improvement for Living and Working Conditions

9.00 Models of conflict resolution in the EU

The Irish Model, Kieran Mulvey, Chief Executive, Labour Relations Commission, Ireland [abstract]
The Finnish Model, Martti Kairinen, University of Turku, Finland [abstract]

9.40-10.00 Debate

10.05 Coffee break

10.30 Group work 2: Future Challenges for conflict resolution

11.30 Feedback from the rapporteurs of each working group and comments by Martti Kairinen

12.30 Lunch

14.00 The German Model: Christian Welz, European Foundation for the Improvement for Living and Working Conditions [abstract]

14.30 Guidelines for a national development plan

Timo Kauppinen, Research Manager, European Foundation for the Improvement for Living and Working Conditions [abstract]

14.45 Debate

15.15 Coffee break

15.30 Group work 3: Drafting of national development plans: How to improve conflict resolution mechanisms

17.30-19.00 Feedback from the rapporteurs of each working group and comments by Kieran Mulvey


Friday 31 October

Chair: Timo Kauppinen, Research Manager, European Foundation for the Improvement for Living and Working Conditions

9.00 Models of conflict resolution in the EU:

The Dutch Model: Ces J. Vos, Ministry of Labour, Netherlands [abstract]
Social dialogue and conflict resolution - the ILO perspective: Ludek Rychly, ILO, Geneva [abstract]

9.20 Debate

9.40 Group work 4: Finalising the national development plans for conflict resolution mechanisms

11.15 Coffee break

11.30 Presentation of the national development plans and comments by Ces J. Vos, Ludek Rychly, Fernando Valdes Dal-Re, Martti Kairinen and Kieran Mulvey

12.30 Concluding remarks and follow-up of the project

13.00 End of the workshop

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