Tripartite Social Summit, 08/03/2017
The main theme of the Tripartite Social Summit was 'The future of Europe: charting the course towards growth, employment and fairness'.
Discussions focused on the following three topics:
- making work pay as a way to promote employment and social inclusion,
- new forms of work and the future of industry
- the European Pillar of social rights and the role of the social partners.
"All policy tools need to be used to strengthen economic growth, job creation and social inclusion. EU institutions, member states and social partners all have to work in partnership to safeguard the economic recovery and to ensure a better future for our EU citizens."Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker in the invitation letter
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 Maltese 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).