European association for employers operating in
not-for-profit sport, professional sport and active leisure
Back to the Common Position paper of the members of EASE on the Lisbon Treaty, Sept. 2010
In accordance with the TFEU, the Commission is committed to promoting and facilitating European social dialogue at both cross-industry and sectoral levels.
EASE issued a Common position paper on the implementation of TFEU in the areas of social dialogue and sport. EASE reaffirms that there is a need for sport to be fully recognised at European level as an important sector that has potential to contribute significantly to employment and job creation, economic development, social cohesion, education and health. EASE believes that an enhanced involvement by the social partners, alongside the traditional sport movement institutions and government, is a major opportunity to achieve this recognition.
EASE welcomes the confirmation of the importance of social dialogue and the reinforcement of the role that social partners are going to play in the decision-making process of the European Union.
Provisions on social dialogue in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)
The recognised European social partners are involved in two processes defined in the TFEU:
- the consultation process (Article 154),
- the negotiation process (Article 155).
The introduction in the Lisbon Treaty of the Article 152 states that it is not only the European Commission which has the task of promoting European social dialogue but the European Union as a whole.
Regarding the national level, if agreements signed at European level are to be implemented at national level, a real practice of social dialogue has to exist at the national level in the European countries. The incorporation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights to the Treaty on European Union makes it legally binding. Therefore, the fundamental rights like freedom of assembly and of association, the right of collective bargaining and action are now part of community statute law which will help to bridge the gap between the national practices in terms of social dialogue.
Moreover, the European Union has to consult the social partners on all policies having an impact on their sector's working conditions. It is called the social impact assessment. The European Union is therefore obliged to take social and employment requirements into account in defining and implementing its policies and actions.
The European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee (ESSDC) for the sport and active leisure sector
European social dialogue includes discussions, consultations, negotiations and joint actions involving organisations representing the two sides of the industry (employers and workers) and the ESSDCs are the platforms for European social dialogue implementation.
EASE and UNI Europa Sport recognised each other as the European social partners for the sport and active leisure sector in 2008 and work together for the creation of the ESSDC for the whole sport and active leisure sector.
EASE has also noted the growing recognition of the specificity of sport by the European Union and points out that social dialogue is the proper tool to take into account the specific characteristics of sport.
The point 35 of the Action Plan “Pierre de Coubertin” of the White Paper on Sport
EASE supports the point 35 of the Action Plan “Pierre de Coubertin” (White Paper on Sport, July 2007) calling for a study to assess the sport sector's contribution to the Lisbon Agenda (where the goal set was: “making Europe the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion” by 2010).
EASE welcomes the initiative of the European Commission to launch this study which will assess the sport sector's macroeconomic importance in the EU-27.
The data provided by this study will among other things confirm the sector's potential in terms of job creation and justify EASE work as social partner.
Social dialogue and structured dialogue
EASE stresses the difference between social dialogue and structured dialogue as mentioned in the White Paper on Sport: social dialogue involves representatives of the European trade unions and employers' organisations – the social partners – while structured dialogue is open to all the sport stakeholders including the Olympic and Sport Movement. These two forms of dialogue are complementary.
EASE specific recommendations
EASE recommends some themes of discussions, which will allow the European partners to secure the working relation between employers and employees and define minimum employment standards as required by the high worker mobility in the sector.
EASE and UNI Europa Sport signed:
• “Joint recommendations on minimum requirements of employment contracts in the sport sector” - December 2008, London ;
• "Joint statement on health and safety in the sport sector” - April 2009, Lisbon.
EASE also participated in European projects on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) in the sport and active leisure sector.
Database social partners
Database of the employer and employee organisations in the EU25 (as of 31.12.2006)
Statement on EU social dialogue in the sport sector, 12th Dec. 2012
EASE and UNI Europa Sport, the social partners in the European sport sector, concluded the first meeting of a two year test phase for a European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee today in Brussels. The meeting was chaired by Jean-Paul Tricart, the head of the European Commission's social dialogue unit. More...
Commission's Communication on Sport, Jan. 2011
The European Commission adopted a Communication entitled “Developing the European Dimension in Sport” on 18th January 2011 that flows from the European Union new role under the Lisbon Treaty to support and coordinate sport policy measures taken by Member States.