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The historic enlargement of the European Union is of high importance to CoESS and has direct consequences on the CoESS membership. According to the CoESS Statutes (Article 1.5), the associate member representing the state which becomes a member of the European Union, automatically becomes an active member of CoESS, with the rights and obligations incumbent on this position. Therefore, CoESS warmly welcomes the member federations of Cyprus, the Czech Republik, Estonia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. CoESS is extremely pleased with their new active membership status and is looking forward to a strengthening of its cooperation with these member federations.

To ensure a more proactive approach on the issue of maritime security, the CoESS Board has decided to establish a new CoESS Working Committee on Maritime Security. Conveyancing Course The official election and nomination of the Chairman of the New Working Committee, will take place at the next CoESS General Assembly in Madrid on 13 October 2004. Especially for the “CoESS Newsletter”, Sabine Hanciaux, new major EC interlocutor for the private security sector (as Administrator at the European Commission, attached to the Unit “Social Dialogue – Industrial Relations – Adaptation to Change”, in charge with sectoral social dialogue, see “on the move” last page) highlights seven main elements of the EU Social Dialogue : the key historical stages; the provisions for social dialogue in the Treaty, namely articles 138 and 139 ECT ; the outcome of the social dialogue up to now; the functioning of the sectoral social dialogue committees; the liaison forum; the social dialogue in the sector of private security and -last but not least- the challenge of enlargement to European social dialogue.

This first step towards a constructive social dialogue is referred to as the “Val Duchesse process”. This concept refers to the invitation launched in 1985 by Jacques DELORS to the European social partners to cooperate with a view to improving growth and employment. In 1992, the Treaty of Maastricht adopted the “Protocol on social policy”, stipulating that the social partners must be consulted on social questions and may negotiate framework agreements between themselves. In 1997, the Treaty of Amsterdam confirmed the fundamental role of the social partners and provided appropriate legal basis for the social dialogue.

This at least is one part of the Treaty which did not lead to disagreement at the December 2003 European Council. The European social partners have adopted more than 230 joint sectoral texts and around 40 cross-industry texts (joint opinions, declarations, recommendations).