“We need a European social dialogue,” Schulz says

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“If we want a social market economy in Europe, we need a European – I repeat – a European social dialogue,” said European Parliament president Martin Schulz on Thursday during a high level conference on social dialogue in Brussels.

The European Commission gathered employers and trade unions in a day-long discussion on how to push forward social dialogue in the after-math of the crisis.

European social dialogue refers to discussions, consultations, negotiations and joint actions involving organisations representing the two sides of industry (employers and workers). It was launched 30 years ago in Val Duchesse and was aimed at involving the European social partners in the internal market process.

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