European sectoral social dialogue
In 1998, the European Commission has established Committees promoting the dialogue between the social partners in the sectors at European level.
To be recognised at European level, social partners from a sector must meet the following criteria:
relate to specific sectors or categories, and be organised at European level;
consist of organisations which are themselves an integral and recognised part of Member State's social partner structures, and have the capacity to negotiate agreements, and which are representative of several Member States;
have adequate structures to ensure their effective participation in the work of the committees.
There are currently around 35 sectoral Committees recognised at European level. Each Committee adopts its own rules of procedure, and holds at least one plenary meeting per year, dealing with more specific questions at meetings of enlarged secretariats or restricted working parties. The task of preparing meetings, the agenda and following-up work is most frequently delegated to the respective secretariats of the social partners, together with the Commission.
CEC has 9 European sectoral federations: .