Expansion of the European Union

CEETTAR and EFFAT believe that

  • The restructuring and modernisation of rural structures for the new member states represent a major challenge,
  • Accompanying measures (professional training, general retraining, rural services) in are vital in this context,
  • The role of trade unions and employer associations is not sufficiently developed in the new member states,
  • Despite recent progress, national administrations too often limit themselves to a passive role,
  • Social partners are only provided with inadequate information on important European developments and programmes, which threatens economic and social cohesion.
  • the participation of the Central and Eastern European countries (CEE) to the development of rural development should be intensified

The social partners also emphasize that

  • A policy of accompanying measures (initial and continuing vocational training, re-training measures outside the enterprise, rural services) is an essential solution;
  • The social dialogue will contribute to the consolidation of the structures of the association, in order that the social partners be able to carry out their tasks in the areas of competence assigned to them by the European Treaties.