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Social dialogue and employee participation

Employment and social policy

Dialogue with the social partners constitutes one of the pillars of the European social model. Firmly anchored in the Treaty establishing the European Community, it embraces discussions, consultations, negotiations and joint actions involving the representative social partner organisations. The European social dialogue, which can be bipartite or tripartite, supplements the national social dialogue arrangements which exist in most Member States. Based on the principles of solidarity, responsibility and participation, it constitutes the main channel through which the social partners contribute to the establishing of European social standards and play a vital role in the governance of the Union.

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