CEC EUROPEAN MANAGERS: the Voice of Managers in Europe since 1951

CEC European Managers represents around one million managers in the European social dialogue. Managers play a vital role in Europe, both in the companies they work for and as facilitators of dialogue in society: it is about taking the right decisions to prepare a more sustainable and inclusive future. Discover more about CEC in this section.

Who we are

CEC European Managers represents around one million managers in Europe through its national and sectoral federations. Managers play a vital role in Europe, both in the companies they work for and as facilitators of dialogue in society: it is about taking the right decisions to prepare a more sustainable and inclusive future.

At European level, we are one of the six EU cross-industry social partner organisations recognised by the European Commission. As the independent and autonomous voice of managers, we are making sure that the interests of managers as bridge builders between employers and workers are heard – since 1951.

With our action, we bring managerial and leadership issues to the center of the public debate. We are concinved that our knowledge, experience and competence can contribute to find comprehensive solutions to today’s challenges.

Our affliates, active both in the public and private sectors all share one feature: they enjoy a higher degree of authority and autonomy than other employees, as well as more responsibility in defning and achieving the goals of the company they work for. But the people we represent are also active and conscious members of the societies they live in, who know that the common welfare is an absolute pre-condition for a sustainable economic growth.

In its managers’ resolution, CEC European Managers has drafted its own definition of the managers that it represents. We invite you to read more here.

Our mission

As European Social Partner

  • we strive for European integration;
  • we contribute to find a balance between the economic performance of enterprises and income and social protection for the workforce. We raise awareness about the fact that managers and workers need different degrees of security and fexibility;
  • we express and defend the needs and opinions of European managers on current topics such as sustainable development, environmental protection, active ageing, energy self-suffciency, lifelong learning, active ageing, equal opportunities or diversity.

As leadership and policy developers

  • we provide relevant knowledge to managers and policy makers at the cutting edge of leadership and policy research. We take a holistic approach integrating public and private management principles as well as different research traditions;
  • we contribute to strenghten the quality of European management practices by providing best practices and raising awareness;
  • we contribute to the debate on the future of public policies from a managerial point of view

Our history

Managers were among the first categories to understand the need to have a representative organisation at international level. In 1951 the French, German and Italian confederations of managers and executives founded the CIC (International Confederation of Managers). Driven by the desire to participate more actively in the European Social Dialogue and the unification process, this international confederation evolved into a European-based confederation, the CEC – Confédération Européenne des Cadres, which was founded in 1989.

The French, German and Italian federations of managers and executives formed the CIC (International Confederation of Managers).

Our structure

Ludger Ramme


Before being elected as President in 2015 and 2018, Ludger Ramme was Deputy Secretary General of CEC European Managers for three years and Secretary General between 2006 and 2012. He had already been engaged in the European activities of CEC in previous years, especially as Deputy Secretary-General, between 1996 and 2006.

Ludger Ramme studied law in Konstanz, Münster and Barcelona. He gained his first professional experiences as legal consultant for the Federal Ministry of Science and Education in Bonn, before becoming corporate lawyer for the Flamingo Fish trade company in Bremerhaven.

The management of CEC European Managers is ensured by a team of four Officers, elected every three years by the Administration Council at the Congress. The current team, has been elected at the last Congress in Mainz in May 2018.

The team is supported by three employees:

Matteo Matarazzo: Head of Office – matarazzo@cec-managers.org

Jean-Philippe Steeger: Policy and Communication Officer – steeger@cec-managers.org

Georgette Ould: Administration Officer – ould@cec-managers.org


Freedom and equality of opportunities
To guarantee freedom, we need to empower people through positive measures creating spaces of security
in which individuals can develop. Equal treatment and the implementation of truly non-discriminatory policies in all aspects of social life are the founding basis of such spaces.

Solidarity and inclusion
People and their needs must be at the centre of our action. Only a climate of mutual respect for diversity and personal development potentials can create the space for solidarity and inclusion. We need to work on inclusiveness through more participatory processes, a strong stance against intolerance and a trustful working environment.

We believe in a social and company environment in which each individual’s competences are the basis for his/her professional success. The people we represent are characterised by their knowledge and skills, which are put at the service of the company they work for and the society they operate in. We need to increase social mobility and defy structures favouring success with no merit.

The idea of linear and purely quantitative economic progress has proved contrary to the needs and capacities of humans. We need to redefine progress through aligning the idea to values and domain specific visions for it to be measurable. For progress to be sustainable, the process has to be subject to democratic deliberation.

Responsibility and ethics
Managers have a key role in society and need to account to their responsibility through a positive social impact. Behavioural ethics is one of the fundamental values of managers, who must perceive the need to lead by example as a concrete form of civic-mindedness.

We need to mainstream sustainable thinking and behaviour into all domains of life and professional activity. It is our duty to hand over to future generations a healthy environment, an inclusive society and an economy beneficial to all members of society.

Decision-making processes need to be visible and transparent, both in the public arena and at business level, to guarantee the democratic control of institutions and the society. Measures to increase transparency have to respect privacy and be subject to democratic control.

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