Workers' Group - Group II

The Workers' Group (Group II) comprises representatives from national trade unions, confederations and sectoral federations. Its members represent over 80 trade union organisations – the vast majority of them affiliated to the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) or its sectoral federations.

Although the European social model is an example for much of the world, there are still too many people suffering hardship or excluded from society because of poverty, discrimination, lack of education, or other disadvantages.

Group II's key priorities have always been the full employment, the improvement of the living and working conditions of workers in Europe and the well-being of all EU citizens, as well as of workers and their families in other continents.

It is firmly committed to the enlargement and strengthening of the EU, as an area of prosperity, freedom and democracy, mutual support, solidarity and social cohesion, and aims to ensure that workers can play a real part in European policy-making.

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  • Extraordinary meeting of the Workers' Group
    Brussels, Belgium

    The Workers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee organised an extraordinary meeting to discuss, firstly, the results of the 2014 European elections - particularly after the worrying rise of the far-right and anti-EU parties - and the designation of the future President of the European Commission. Participants included MEPs Claude Rolin (EPP), Philippe Lamberts (Greens) and Paloma López (GUE).

    The second part of the morning session was devoted to a presentation of the European Reference Budgets Network, a project that aims at the development of reference budgets or expenditure patterns suited to individual households with a view to helping the latter keep their finances in good shape.

    In the afternoon, participants discussed ways to create a social Europe through a strengthened European social dialogue. The EESC draft opinion on the "Structure and organisation of social dialogue in the context of a genuine economic and monetary union (EMU)"(rapporteur Georges Dassis), served as a basis for the debate. Participants included Patrick Itschert, ETUC Deputy Secretary-General, and former MEP, Alejandro Cercas.

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    Extraordinary meeting of the Workers' Group
    Royal Olympic Hotel, Athanassiou Diakou Street 28-34, 11743 Athens, Greece

    The Workers' Group organised an extraordinary meeting in Athens on the occasion of the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Among the themes discussed were the programme of the Greek presidency and the priorities of the Italian EU presidency that will follow. The second day was devoted to a discussion on the future of the democratic governance of the EU and the social impact of the Troika's role.

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