CEPS/INSTEAD’s Collective bargaining and employment policies research unit, in cooperation with the Conseil économique et social CES (http://www.ces.public.lu) launched the kick-off meeting of the European research project Eurosofin - Social dialogue in the financial sector in Europe: Contribution to anticipation and restructuring which was held on the 23 and 24 of January 2014 at the conference hall of the CES in Luxembourg-Kirchberg.
The aim of the kick-off meeting was to gather experts and share knowledge as well as best practices among experts from the finance sector and social dialogue in the participating countries of the project.
The meeting opened on January 23 with welcome addresses by Dr. Hilmar Schneider, General Director of CEPS/INSTEAD and Marianne Nati-Stoffel, Secretary General of the CES. The speeches were followed by a presentation by Dr. Vassil Kirov and Patrick Thill on project objectives, targets and on the overall methodology. Jean Ries, Head of the Labor Market and Education Unit at the National Statistical Office STATEC presented recent data on employment and working conditions in Luxembourg’s banking sector. Professor Steve Jefferys, Director of Working Lives Research Institute at the Metropolitan University London emphasized irregularities and financial deregulation in the banking sector in the UK. Laurentiu Andronic, expert and representative from Romania’s banking sector trade union federation from gave an overview of developments in the field of social dialogue in the banking sector in Romania. Christophe Teissier, researcher from ASTREES analyzed social dialogue at the enterprise level through the case study of the BNP-Paribas.
During a round table with experts and representatives from the employers’ and trade unions in Luxembourg, as well as with representatives from the European Banking Federation - chaired by Dr. Vassil Kirov and Patrick Thill - an exchange of views and challenges to be currently witnessed in the sector under consideration took place, leading to the implementation of a common research agenda based on transnational priorities in the field of social dialogue in the sector.
The kick-off meeting closed with an internal meeting of the project’s Consortium on the 24 of January 2014. During the internal meeting, a common action plan as well as a methodology was discussed and defined by the Consortium experts.