Social dialogue in the candidate countries

Mer, 22/05/2002
Ven, 24/05/2002


Social dialogue and EMU in the Candidate Countries Workshop

Vienna, 22-24 May 2002
Trade Union Training Centre
Seminarzentrum, Strudlhofgasse 10, Wien

Programme

Wednesday 22 May (schedule for Thursday 23 May ; Friday 24 May)

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

12.00 Registration and welcome buffet

13.00 Welcome address

Raymond-Pierre Bodin, Director, European Foundation for the Improvement for Living and Working Conditions [abstract]
Lena Skiöld, Head of Information, Work Life and EU Enlargement Project, Stockholm [abstract]

13.30 Presentation of the participants

Introductory speeches

14.00 EMU, social dialogue, and the Europeanisation of industrial relations [abstract]

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

14.20 EMU and social dialogue: a trade union perspective [abstract]

Reiner Hoffman, Director ETUI, Brussels

14.40 EMU and social dialogue: an employers' federation perspective [abstract]

Eric van Laer, Social Affairs Counsellor, UNIZO, Brussels

15.00-15.45 Debate

15.45-16.00 Coffee break

16.00-17.30 Group work 1: Today's political and economic situation in Estonia, Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovenia

17.30-19.00 Feedback from the rapporteurs of each working group

19.00 Working dinner


Thursday 23 May

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

Introductory speeches

9.00 ILO and the promotion of social dialogue [abstract]

Junko Ishikawa, Senior Social Dialogue Specialist in InFocus Programme on Social Dialogue, Labour Law and Labour Administration, ILO

09.20 The role of social partnership in preparing for EMU in Ireland [abstract]

Kieran Mulvey, Chief Executive, Labour Relations Commission, Ireland

9.40-10.15 Debate

10.15-10.30 Coffee break

10.30 - 11.30 Group work 2: EMU and social dialogue in Estonia, Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovenia

11.30-12.30 Feedback from the rapporteurs of each working group

12.30-14.00 Lunch

Introductory speeches

14.00 The role of national development plans in the preparation for EMU: the Finnish national competitiveness plan

Olli Aulio, Chief Inspector, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Finland [abstract]

14.20 Guidelines for a national development plan [abstract]

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

14.40-15.15 Debate

15.15-15.30 Coffee break

15.30-17.30 Group work 3: Drafting of national development plans for EMU in Estonia, Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovenia

17.30-19.00 Feedback from the rapporteurs of each working group

19.00 Working dinner


Friday 24 May

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

Introductory speech

9.00 The vision of the European Parliament: EMU, social dialogue and enlargement [abstract]

Lothar Bauer, Principal Administrator, Division for Social and Legal Affairs, European Parliament, Luxembourg

9.20-9.40 Debate

9.40-11.15 Group work 4: Finalising the national development plans in Estonia, Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovenia

11.15-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-12.30 Panel: Presentation of the national development plans

12.30 - 13.00 Closing session

Concluding remarks and follow-up of the project

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