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.


30 Years of EZA – Anniversary Celebration in Brussels

The European Centre for Workers‘ Questions (EZA) has celebrated its 30-year anniversary with a ceremonial act in early March 2015. Representatives from EZA member centres and partner institutions as well as friends and colleagues of the organization had been invited to attend the function which was held on the premises of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels. A special...read more

New EZA employee

Esmeralda van den Bosch has assumed the management of EZA’s Brussels office in early March 2015. Ms van den Bosch, who is from Belgium, studied Political Sciences at the Catholic University at Louvain and speaks several languages. The Brussels office of the European Centre for Workers‘ Questions (EZA) is located on Rue de Trêves / Trierstraat 35. Esmeralda van den Bosch can be reached under the...read more

EZA News no. 1/2015

Subjects: Interview with Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, research project of EZA and HIVA: Criteria for a successful social dialogue; EZA platforms and networks: Unión de Centros de Estudios del Mediterráneo (Union of Mediterranean Research Centres, UCEM) DE   EN   ES   FR   ITread more

In the spotlight: Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility

EZA Contributions to Social Dialoge

EZA 2011 - 2014

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