Jubilee Year 2015


30 years EZA, 30 years European Social Dialogue, 30 years Christian and Social Workers' Education in Europe – that is the motto of EZA’s jubilee year 2015.

EZA was founded on 29th January 1985 in Brussels. The objective of EZA’s founders was workers' education based on Christian and social values. For this purpose, ten workers' organizations from Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France and Ireland initially joined together.

Today EZA has 58 members, a candidate member, four associate members and seven observers in Europe. Each year, approximately 70 training events are organized throughout Europe. In addition, EZA has conducted several research projects in recent years and offers further training courses for managers of workers' organizations.

The range of topics is diverse, ranging from social dialogue in the process of European enlargement and integration, the role of social partners, structural challenges in the labour market, more and better jobs, the balance between flexibility and security, to equal opportunities, compatibility of work and family life, and the mobility and migration of employees.

Each year, EZA publishes an annual programme and provides information about its work in a quarterly newsletter “Öffnet internen Link im aktuellen FensterEZA News”, the series of papers “Öffnet internen Link im aktuellen FensterContributions to Social Dialogue” and its Öffnet internen Link im aktuellen Fensterannual report.

European social dialogue also began 30 years ago, on the initiative of then President of the Commission Jacques Delors as the "Val Duchesse social dialogue process". The aim was to involve, in the internal market process, the social partners represented by the European Trade Union Confederation, the Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe and the European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation. As a result of the meetings between these social partners, several joint statements on employment, general and vocational education and other social issues were adopted.

EZA would also like to bring these things to mind for its jubilee year 2015.


Statement on behalf of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on the occasion of the General Assembly of the European Centre for Workers’ Questions

Read out by the Head of the Commission's Representation in Hungary, Dr. Tamás Szűcs Budapest, 29 November 2014 Dear President Pronk, Dear members of the European Centre for Workers' Questions, Ladies and Gentlemen, Let me start by extending the greetings of the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, who very much regrets not being able to attend in...read more

Interview with Bartho Pronk, President of EZA

Interview with Piergiorgio Sciacqua, Co-President of EZA


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