European Hospital & Healthcare Employers’ Association

Negotiation, consultation and autonomy of EU Social Partners – 20 years of the Social Partners' Agreement

The European Commission held a major conference on Social Dialogue in Warsaw on 24-25 November 2011 to commemorate 20 years of the social partners’ agreement.

The aim of this conference was to recall the process from the adoption of the European Social Partners’ Agreement of 1991 to the integration of the Maastricht Social Protocol into the Amsterdam Treaty (currently Arts 154 and 155) and to place it into the current context, assessing what changes it brought about both in EU primary and secondary law, how the consultation and negotiation process between EU social partners evolved, what concrete results it has led to, and an evaluation of the current state of social dialogue.

HOSPEEM and EPSU as representatives of the sectoral social dialogue committee participated in the session on “Implementation of agreements by Directive – Social Partners’ experience,” to speak about sharps. The session was then followed by a DVD on Sharps injuries produced by the European Commission.

European Commission video on Sharps injuries

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HOSPEEM Presentation – Agreement on Sharp Injuries – Godfrey PERERA

EPSU Presentation – EC 20 years ESD Directive – Mathias MAUCHER

Conference Programme


For more information contact

HOSPEEM: Elisa Benedetti
EPSU: Mathias Maucher



Structure of HOSPEEM:

The General Assembly is the principal deciding body of HOSPEEM.

The Steering Committee is composed by maximum 7 seats: the Secretary General, the two Vice- Secretary Generals and maximum 4 members of the General Assembly. The Steering Committee has full authority, subject to the powers that are the exclusive competence of the General Assembly.

The Financial Advisory Committee is composed of members of the Association elected by the General Assembly with simple majority of votes. The Financial Advisory Committee advises the Steering Committee of the Association on financial issues and carries out internal auditing tasks.

The HOSPEEM Board is composed of the Secretary General and two Vice-Secretary Generals. The Board is responsible for dealing with HOSPEEM regular business and for providing support to the activities of the Steering Committee.

The Secretariat undertakes all HOSPEEM activities.

Working Group(s) deals with specific topics and enters in negotiations of the hospital sector social dialogue.

Who we are

The European Hospital and Healthcare Employers’ Association (HOSPEEM) represents at the European level national employers’ organisations operating in the hospital and healthcare sector.

HOSPEEM ws formed in 2005 in order to represent the interests of European Hospital and Healthcare Employers on workforce and industrial relations issues.
HOSPEEM was created by the members of the European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation and of Enterprises of General Economic Interest (CEEP) who felt that there was a need for a separate, distinct voice on health workforce issues at European level.

HOSPEEM has members across the European Union both in the state or regionally controlled hospital sector and in the private health sector. HOSPEEM members are health employer organisations with the powers to negotiate on pay and on terms and conditions of service with their respective Trade Union partners. HOSPEEM members are also concerned with ensuring good employment practice for healthcare staff.

Since July 2006, HOSPEEM has been officially recognised by the European Commission as a European Social Partner in the Hospital Sector Social Dialogue alongside the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU).
Through the European Sectoral Social dialogue, the association will try to ensure that employers’ views are properly taken into account by EU institutions when launching policies that have a direct impact on management and labour relations in the hospital and health care sector at European and national level.

The goals of the Association are:
To establish, with its social partners, a European autonomous frame in order to develop management and labour relations in the hospital and health care sector delivering Services of General Interest, which deserves a specific approach because of the nature of activities carried out.
To act as the principal source of advice on social policies, including employment and industrial relations vis-à-vis the European Institutions.

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