European Hospital & Healthcare Employers’ Association

HOSPEEM’s summary on European Commission Expert Panel Opinion on Effective Ways of Investing in Health on the organisation of resilient health and social care following the COVID-19 pandemic

Following the publication of the Expert Panel’s opinion on Effective Ways of Investing in Health on the organisation of resilient health and social care following the COVID-19 pandemic, HOSPEEM drafted a summary focusing on the health workforce.

About the opinion

The opinion identifies the building blocks of resilient health and social care, explores the elements and conditions for capacity building to strengthen health system resilience, addresses healthcare needs of vulnerable patients at times of crisis, and defines a blueprint for health systems’ resilience testing.

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Download the European Commission Expert Panel’s opinion

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Input for new initiatives at EU, national, regional or local level in the frame of the Action Plan on the European Pillar of Social Rights

Brussels, 13 November 2020

The European Hospital and Healthcare Employers’ Association (HOSPEEM) welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the envisioned Action Plan on the European Pillar of Social Rights, in particular on Principle 8, which encourages the EU Member States to support the increased capacity of social partners to promote social dialogue.

Since HOSPEEM’s recognition as European sectoral social partner in 2006, we have been active in capacity building of national employers’ organisation in forms of EU-funded projects, focusing among others on East Central and Southern Europe, including accession countries [1],[2],[3] and by participating in the Eurofound research study on capacity building for effective social dialogue in the European Union. Besides HOSPEEM’s recruitment efforts, we met with former European Commissioner Marianne Thyssen’s cabinet staff, raising awareness and inquiring support from the European institutions. Likewise, we have sent meeting requests to various Permanent Representations to the EU to discuss this very topic.

As the recently published Eurofound representativeness study for the human health sector revealed, there are nine EU Member States[4] where employer organisations exist and active in collective bargaining but are not affiliated to HOSPEEM. As a direct consequence, those organisations and countries do not have the opportunity to represent their national interest and contribute to the agenda-setting and decision-making in the frame of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committees. Additionally, their voices are not being heard when, for example, European sectoral social partners close framework agreements which can be transposed in binding legislation across the EU (cf. Council Directive 2010/32/EU). The study also noted that there are seven EU Member States[5] where “there is no sectoral employer organisation”.

Whereas HOSPEEM sees Eurofound’s findings as an excellent opportunity to increase its membership and hence its representation at European level, we also believe that European institutions and Members States miss the opportunity to draw on the full potential of EU legislation, such as TFEU Art. 154, further strengthening the delivery of a strong social Europe for just transitions.

We are aware that the existence of autonomous employer organisations, with the mandate to negotiate collective bargaining at the national level, is still limited in various EU Member States among others due to historical and organisational national structures. We, therefore, welcome the European Commission Communication on the 2020 European Semester: Country-specific recommendations highlighting that “a well-functioning social dialogue is key to ensure that measures taken are successful, inclusive and sustainable” and that “in some Member States there is clearly room for a better functioning social dialogue”.

To echo the quadripartite statement on the Relaunch of Social Dialogue[6], HOSPEEM would like to stress that trust, formal and timely consultation with the social partners as well as support through robust EU-funding is a pre-requisite for a well-functioning social dialogue. Furthermore, the independence of social dialogue and social partners from the national government and political influence is essential, to fully representing the interest of workers and employers alike.

We, therefore, call upon the European Commission, in collaboration with EU Member States and consultation with European social partners to develop coherent structures and implement robust mechanisms as well as initiatives for:

  • the formation of employer organisations on a national level; and
  • encourage already established employer organisations to become actively involved in European sectoral social dialogue structures while respecting national specificities and autonomy.
[1] HOSPEEM (2008) HOSPEEM-EPSU Project on Strengthening social dialogue in the hospital sector in the new Member States and candidate countries https://hospeem.org/activities/projects/strengthening-social-dialogue-in-the-hospital-sector-in-the-new-member-states-and-candidate-countries/
[2] HOSPEEM (2011) HOSPEEM-EPSU Project on Strengthening social dialogue in the hospital sector in the Baltic countries https://hospeem.org/activities/projects/strengthening-social-dialogue-in-the-hospital-sector-in-the-baltic-countries/
[3] HOSPEEM (2019) HOSPEEM-EPSU Project on Strengthening social dialogue in the hospital sector https://hospeem.org/activities/hospeem-epsu-project-2019-2020-on-strengthening-social-dialogue-in-the-hospital-sector-in-the-east-south-and-central-europe/
[4] Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, and Portugal (The Bulgarian employers’ organisation left HOSPEEM in beginning of 2020 and the Belgian employers’ organisation joined HOSPEEM mid-2020.)
[5] Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Malta, and Poland
[6] co-signed by the European Commission, the European Council, and the cross-sectoral social partners in June 2016

Download the HOSPEEM response to the EPSRS (Pdf)

HOSPEEM July newsletter is published

In this July 2020 edition, you will find the Joint Statement on the 10th anniversary of the Multi-sectoral guidelines to tackle third-party violence and harassment related to work as well as the latest COVID-19 related news. This newsletter includes also other relevant news,  Member’s news, EU news, events and publications for hospital employers.

27 July 2020 HOSPEEM Newsletter 2020 – Issue 3

HOSPEEM April newsletter is published

In this April 2020 edition, you will find the HOSPEEM statement on the COVID-19 outbreak and on the CEEP launch of the EU platform “SGIs facing COVID-19” as well as information on the latest HOSPEEM General Assembly, and HOSPEEM-EPSU Social Dialogue meeting and project.

This newsletter includes also other relevant news, EU news, events and publications for hospital employers.

HOSPEEM Newsletter 2020– Issue 2 (29 April 2020)

Regional Workshop 3: Central Europe

The third Regional Workshop of the HOSPEEMEPSU joint project “Strengthening Social Dialogue in the Hospital Sector in the East, South and Central Europe” will take place in Zagreb, Croatia. The workshop is organised by HSSMS-MT (EPSU affiliate, Croatia) and co-organised by EPSU. ***Due to exceptional circumstances, the workshop is postponed to Spring 2021 – Date TBC.***

The geographical focus of this third workshop is on Central Europe, specifically targeted at Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia. Please find also information  the EPSU dedicated project webpage.

Agenda and media release

Draft agenda, as of 16.06.2020

General

Strengthening Social Dialogue project description (2019-2020)
European Sectoral Social Dialogue activities overview (2006-2019)

*** Due to the exceptional circumstances, this workshop is likely to be postponed to Spring 2021***

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EPSU has also published a webpage on this topic.

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This project has received financial support from the European Union

The year 2019 at a glance: HOSPEEM Activity report

The HOSPEEM Activity Report 2019 is published. This activity report presents key information on HOSPEEM and the main activities carried out during the year.

2019 has been a year rich in achievements for HOSPEEM ensuring that the views of hospital and healthcare employers are being heard at the highest level.

Firstly, the HOSPEEM-EPSU project on “Strengthening Social Dialogue in the hospital sector in the East, South and Central Europe” has successfully started with regional workshops taking place in Bucharest in June 2019 and in Rome in November 2019.

Secondly, several HOSPEEM experts and representatives shared their knowledge across Europe joining their efforts to actively represent members’ views in the European arena.

Thirdly, a new work programme 2020-2022 for the European sectoral social dialogue was successfully adopted.

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Dissemination Workshop

The Dissemination Workshop of the HOSPEEMEPSU joint project “Strengthening Social Dialogue in the Hospital Sector in the East, South and Central Europe”, will take place in Brussels, Belgium. The workshop is organised by HOSPEEM. ***Due to exceptional circumstances, the workshop is postponed to Summer 2021. Date TBC***

Further information is coming soon on this event.#EUSocDia

General

Strengthening Social Dialogue project description (2019-2020)
European Sectoral Social Dialogue activities overview (2006-2019)

Workshop 1: Eastern Europe, Bucharest, Romania (14.06.2019)
Workshop 2: Southern Europe, Rome, Italy (15.05.2019)
Workshop 3: Central Europe, Zagreb, Croatia

EPSU has also published a webpage on this topic.

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This project has received financial support from the European Union

HOSPEEM-EPSU Joint Work Programme 2020-2022 for the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in the Hospital Sector

At the last meeting of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Hospital Sector (SSDC-HS) in 2019, HOSPEEM and EPSU reached a final agreement of the Joint Work-Programme 2020-2022. It is structured around four major thematic priorities, i.e Occupational Safety and health, recruitment and retention of the health workforce,  Continuing Professional Development and Life-Long Learning, European/ EU-level healthcare policy. Each sub-theme is presented with specific objectives, deliverables and a timeline.

PDF - 304.4 koDownload the Joint Work Programme – EN

PDF - 304.4 koDownload the Joint Work Programme – streamlined version – EN

Regional Workshop 2: Southern Europe

The second Regional Workshop of the HOSPEEMEPSU joint project “Strengthening Social Dialogue in the Hospital Sector in the East, South and Central Europe”, took place on 15 November 2019 in Rome, Italy. The workshop was organised by ARAN (HOSPEEM member, Italy) and co-organised by HOSPEEM.

The geographical focus of this second workshop is on Southern Europe, specifically targeted at Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain. The event aimed to gather EPSU affiliates and HOSPEEM members as well as representatives from trade unions and employers from the six targeted countries and from beyond as well as academia. HOSPEEM and EPSU members from other EU Member States were invited to participate to share their experiences.

Agenda and media release

Agenda (As of 04.11.2019)
Media release

Presentations (As of 20.11.2019)

Welcome, Antonio Bartolini (Agenzia per la Rappresentanza Negoziale delle Pubbliche Amministrazioni-ARAN)
Presentation of the project, Luca Scarpiello (European Federation of Public Service Unions-EPSU)
Introduction to the European Social Dialogue, Kristine Krivmane (European Commission)
Relevant activities of the Hospital Sector, Sara Fasoli (European Hospital and Healthcare Employers’ Association-HOSPEEM)
Survey findings for Italy, Portugal and Spain, Marta Kahancová (Central European Labour Studies Institute-CELSI)
Survey findings for Cyprus, Greece and Malta, Barbora Holubová (Central European Labour Studies Institute-CELSI)
Social dialogue and involvement of national social partners, Simone Mohrs (European Hospital and Healthcare Employers’ Association-HOSPEEM),
The Swedish social partners involvement in the European Semester, Sandra Bergendorff (Swedish Association of Local Authorities-SALAR) and Göran Zettergren (The Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees-TCO)

Report and fact sheets (Coming soon)

Fact Sheet Cyprus
Fact Sheet Greece
Fact Sheet Italy
Fact Sheet Malta
Fact Sheet Portugal
Fact Sheet Spain
Regional Workshop report – Southern Europe

Photos and graphics (Coming soon)
Photo Gallery
Graphics: View Gallery or download in PDF or JPEG

General

Workshop 1: Eastern Europe, Bucharest, Romania (14.06.2019)
Workshop 3: Central Europe, Zagreb, Croatia (15.05.2019)
Strengthening Social Dialogue project description (2019-2020)
European Sectoral Social Dialogue activities overview (2006-2019)

#EUSocDia

The event is organised with the support of ARAN in collaboration with FIASO and INMI.

EPSU has also published an article on this topic.

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This project has received financial support from the European Union

Graphic Recording – Regional Workshop 1: Eastern Europe – Bucharest, 14 June 2019

GRAPHICS GALLERY “Strengthening Social Dialogue in the Hospital Sector in the East, South and Central Europe

Graphics credits: Chris Malapitan - HOSPEEM & EPSU, 2019

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