Tripartite Social Summit, 19/10/2016
The Tripartite Social Summit took place in the afternoon of 19 October, one day before the October European Council.
The main theme of the Social Summit was: "Addressing Europe's common challenges: generating growth, creating jobs and ensuring fairness".
In particular, participants exchanged views on three issues:
- the main challenges in view of the Annual Growth Survey 2017 as part of the European Semester
- the key role of the social partners when putting the New Skills Agenda for Europe into practice
- lessons learnt from integrating refugees into the labour market
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 Slovak 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).