The EU Sport Forum is going to take place in Nicosia, Cyprus on the 19-20 September 2012, and will be organised through four thematic sessions (see detailed programme
(European Association of Sport Employers) represented by its President Marcel Martin and its counterpart on the employee side, UNI Europa Sport
, will be guest speakers on the panel regarding European social dialogue in the field of sport in the morning of 20th September. The European social partners of professional football (EPFL, ECA and FIFPro) will also take part in the panel.
Furthermore, the European Commission will announce the launch of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee (ESSDC) which will enter into a two-year test phase. EASE and UNI Europa Sport established their informal social dialogue for the sport and active leisure sector in 2003 and have since then developed 3 projects with funding from the European Commission (BSDSS project, RBT project and CC-Project – further information about those projects on EASE website).
EASE and UNI Europa Sport mutually recognised each other in 2008 as European social partners for the sector and signed 3 joint position statements related to minimum requirements of employment contracts, health and safety and European social dialogue.
In addition to this joint process, EASE developed the IMPACT project which concentrated on capacity building. As a result of this project, EASE and UNI Europa Sport signed in June 2011 the Joint Statement on the Informal European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for sports and active leisure
After these years of hard work carried out by EASE and UNI Europa Sport, the European Commission will organise in December 2012 in Brussels the first plenary session of the ESSDC (ESSDC are the central bodies for consultation, joint initiatives and negotiation) for sports and active leisure.
EOSE has always been active to support the development of Social Dialogue in the Sport and Active Leisure sector in Europe and it is really a pleasure today to highlight the important step made by the sector.
EOSE has been officially invited by the European Commission and will attend the Forum in September.