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 Council Meeting: Appointment of New Members

During its meeting on 20 May 2015 in Sofia (Bulgaria), the Council of EZA, the European Centre for Workers‘ Questions, unanimously appointed (co-opted) three new members of the council: Gabriele Stauner (Fritz Pirkl Institute of the European Centre for Workers’ Questions in Bavaria, EZAB), Bjørn van Heusden (WOW, World Organisation of Workers) and Franjo Topić (HKD Napredak, Hrvatsko kulturno...read more

New liaison officers at GEPO

Thomas Eschbach and Andreas Welte, corporate chaplains at the diocese of Speyer (Germany), are at the moment the liaison officers of the EZA member organization GEPO (Groupe Européen de Pastorale Ouvrière or European Pastoral Workers’ Group). During their visit of the EZA Secretariat in Königswinter in May 2015, activities of GEPO and the European Centre for Workers‘ Questions were...read more

EZA Delegation Received by EU Commissioner Marianne Thyssen

The increased priority of the Social Dialogue on the most recent agenda of the European Commission and an exchange of experiences in conducting this European Social Dialogue: these were two main topics of the meeting between Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, and a delegation from EZA (the European Centre for Workers’ Questions) led...read more

In the spotlight: Sigrid Schraml, Secretary General of the EZA since 1 May 2015

EZA initiative to combat youth unemployment in Europe through vocational training

EZA Contributions to Social Dialoge