Tripartite Social Summit, 16/03/2016
The Tripartite Social Summit took place in the afternoon of 16 March, one day before the March European Council.
The main theme of the Social Summit was: "A strong partnership for job creation and inclusive growth".
In particular, participants exchanged views on three issues:
- the experiences in implementing the country-specific recommendations
- the impact of the migration and refugee crisis on the labour market
- the challenges linked to digitalisation
In this context, participants also discussed the progress and overall results of the new start for social dialogue. This initiative, launched in March 2015, aims to strengthen the social dialogue at the European level.
What is the tripartite summit?
The Tripartite Social Summit is a forum for dialogue between the EU institutions at president level and the European social partners at top management level. The summit is co-chaired by the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission and the Head of State or Government of the rotating presidency; this time the latter is the Netherlands Prime Minister. Employers are represented by BusinessEurope, European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services (CEEP) and the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME). Trade unions are represented by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).