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.


EZA continues to grow: Serbian workers’ organisations join the network for the first time

The European Centre for Workers' Questions (EZA) welcomes as observers the Serbian trade union SS BOFOS (Autonomous Trade Union of Employees in Banks, Insurance Companies and other Financial Organizations of Serbia) and the Serbian confederation of trade unions NEZAVISNOST as its first Serbian workers‘ organisations. read more

EZA concept document 2015 came out

Each year, the European Centre for Workers' Questions EZA and its member centres, with the support of the European Commission, implement approximately 70 projects on important topics related to European social dialogue. Target groups are multiplicators of employees' organisations. In the concept document you can find a survey on the questions dealt within the EZA projects and further tips...read more

EZA Calls for Stronger Links between EU and ILO

The European Centre for Workers‘ Questions EZA has called for a closer coordination of activities between EU institutions and the International Labour Organization (ILO) in the effort to mitigate the impact of globalization on working conditions in Europe. The European Union, it was demanded, should try to exercise a stronger influence on the ILO and ensure that all EU member states implement the...read more

EZA networks and platforms

German Works Councils Day 2014 in Bonn

EZA initiative to combat youth unemployment in Europe through vocational training