WorkorganisationandworkplaceMore than 200 participants explored and debated work organisation and skill development practices that benefit both employers and employees at a joint Cedefop, Eurofound and European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) seminar in Brussels on 19 November.

The seminar was an opportunity to present to policy-makers, academics, practitioners and representatives of national authorities, European institutions, enterprises and trade unions the findings  of Cedefop's European skills and jobs (ESJ) survey and Eurofound's Third European Company Survey.

The event also marked the 40-year anniversary of Cedefop and Eurofound – the two longest established EU agencies – and recognised the EESC’s strong tripartite role in EU policy-making. Both agencies are tripartite organisations with a governing structure of employers, trade unions and governments.

EESC Vice President Gonçalo Lobo Xavier underlined that for four decades the two agencies have provided timely and relevant expertise to improve citizens’ wellbeing. Both are more relevant than ever, he added.

Cedefop Director James Calleja praised the role of social partners in the agency’s creation and highlighted the cooperation with Eurofound and EESC.

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