Implication des Syndicats dans le semestre européen
Trade Union Involvement in the EU Semester


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National Reports

Social partners respons:
Union demands social top Benelux 13-02-2014:

February 2014: consultation with EC with regard to in depth review Netherlands (exchange of information, main points: autonomeous collective bargaining and wage setting systems, sustainability pension system and sustainability health care system in light ageing population)
March 2014: consultation Labour Foundation (stvda) concept NRP 2014 (exchange of views with government. Dutch report is description of current government policy/legislative proposals therefore little room for open discussion, however position of social partners and importance of social dialogue (and importance of Dutch tripartite Agreement 2012) is recognised in NRP 2014).
March 2014: consultation Social Economic Council Minister of Economic Affairs (responsible for EU 2020 reports) exchange of vieuws social partners with regard to general policy directions and developments) In preparation of this consultation Dutch social partners drafted common declaration establishing need for social economic EU, with adherence EU to human Right Treaties, and ILO treaties, common call for better enforcement PWD in order to combat exclusion and displacement at labour market.
April 2014: informal meeting with Finance department with regard to Stability Programma NL 2014 (Chatham house rules, but sufficient is to say that Dutch SP holds budgettary framework for NRP, therefore interlinkage between both documents is very relevant to TU)

December 2014: consultation with EC regarding the Annual Growth Survey. The in-depth review has identified several imbalances. Mainly the continuing adjustment in the housing market and the high level of indebtedness of the household sector. The scoreboard shows that some indicators are above the threshold: the current account surplus; market share losses for exports; the private sector debt level and public sector debt. The EC wants to examine these imbalances further, in order to see whether these imbalances will unwind or persist.

During the consultation, we have stressed that the possible reforms should not limit workers and Union rights. Creating employment should be the central aim of new policies. The EC is still looking into the Dutch current account surplus. From our perspective, the surplus makes it possible to increase wages, which will also make it easier to decrease household debts, which on the longer run will stimulate domestic demand and private investment.