European Social Partners
1. European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation and of Enterprises of General Economic Interest (CEEP)
CEEP represents the interests of enterprises with public participation
or carrying out activities of general economic interest before the European
institutions by promoting initiatives, formulating proposals and producing
studies and opinions (for example, list of opinions at
It plays an active role with regard to enlargement, through a permanent
2. European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
ETUC represents European workers and has 59 million members. Its site
includes, inter alia, press releases and reports, news articles and working
· European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)
Founded by ETUC in 1978, ETUI carries out research on topics of importance
to trade unions and produces background reports. Its site includes research
notes, publications (Infoletters, the journal "Transfer", reports) and
a bibliographical reference database (ETUILIB).
· European Trade Union Technical Bureau for Health and Safety (TUTB)
Established by ETUC in 1989, TUTB has a clear, comprehensive website.
3. Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe (UNICE)
UNICE is the mouthpiece of European companies; it covers all sectors and
has 35 member-federations in 27 European countries. Its site includes
news, publications, statements, newsletters, and so on.
4. European Confederation of Executives and Managerial Staff (CEC)
CEC is the independent representation of the interests and specific preoccupations
of 1.5 million employed managers at European level.
EUROCADRES, set up under the auspices of ETUC, represents more than 5
million professional and managerial staff throughout Europe.
6. European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME)
UEAPME is the employers' organisation representing the interests, at European
level, of crafts, trades and SMEs in the EU and applicant countries. It
has an enlargement task force.
European Community institutions and bodies
1. Committee of the Regions
2. Council of the European Union
3. Court of Justice of the European Communities
4. Economic and Social Committee
5. European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (Bilbao)
The Agency's site is a vast, constantly updated source of information
on health and safety at work.
6. European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop)
7. European Commission
See in particular the "Directorates-General and Services" and "Official
documents" pages. See also hereunder "A few Commission Directorates-General
8. European Council
To read the Presidency conclusions or access the Presidencies' sites:
9. European Court of Auditors
10. European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Dublin)
· European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO)
The EIROnline site contains information and analysis on the most important
events and issues in industrial relations in Europe. Studies, reports
and bulletin, concerning, inter alia, enlargement.
11. European Investment Bank (EIB)
12. European Parliament
"The social dimension of enlargement: social law and policy in the Czech
Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia" (04/1998):
· Enlargement Task-Force
A useful site, established in 1997. This European Parliament working group
is responsible for following all stages of preparations for EU enlargement.
13. European Training Foundation
The Foundation wishes to contribute to the development of vocational training
systems in the CEECs, the Independent States of the former Soviet Union
and Mongolia. The site includes a "Candidate countries" section with publications
(for example, the series of "background study" reports on employment and
the labour market in the CEECs) (http://www.etf.eu.int/etfweb.nsf/pages/candidatehome).
14. Office for Official Publications of the European Communities (EUR-OP)
N.B.: on http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex,
EUR-Lex provides free access to the Official Journal for a period of 45
days following publication, together with the Treaties, legislation in
15. Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat)