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Launch of the third phase of PESSIS - Promoting employers' social services in social dialogue

On the 21st January 2016, the third phase of the PESSIS project was launched in a kick-off meeting organized by EASPD bringing together partners from both European level and national level.  


The project aims to lead to the creation of a European network representing employers in the social services sector (from the social economy). This will help to ensure that social services employers become recognized social partners at European level and take part in the European Social Dialogue (ESD). Social Partners have a structural involvement in all EU policies related to employment and social affairs. Furthermore, bringing this relevant workforce into ESD will strengthen European Social Dialogue as a whole and improve its coverage of the EU workforce. PESSIS III is a European project funded by the European Commission’s Programme on Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue. The project lasts 24 months (15 November 2015 – 15 November 2017)


Coordinated by EASPD, the projects focuses on the social and economic role of the social services sector in Europe. It is the follow up of the projects PESSIS I and PESSIS II. It represents the third step of a longer term process aiming at establishing a representative platform for employers in the social services sector at European level.


Main Outcomes:
  • 5 country studies on the state of play of social dialogue structures in the social services sector in the UK, Hungary, Romania, Portugal and the Slovak Republic
  • an updated European report, covering data from 22 Country Reports
  • 3 National action plans towards involvement of national employers' platforms in ESD
  • a Joint Declaration and a sectoral agreement on issues of importance to the sector
  • 3 National positions of adherence on the Joint Declaration
  • Final Conference
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Thomas Bignal, Policy Officer / +32 2 282 46 19