Social Affairs

Social Affairs

Social Affairs have been high on the agenda of the Juncker Commission in 2014-2019. With the introduction in 2017 of the European Pillar of Social Rights, many social policies - such as transparent and predictable working conditions and work-life balance, for example - have been prioritised, resulting in updated legislation in these areas. Social Affairs are an important facet of the European project and will undoubtedly continue to be prioritised in the new 2019-24 legislature.

Intergraf works with the European Commission when potential legislation is considered. With our strong links to Commission DGs and officials, as well as our membership of cross-industry groups - such as those led by BusinessEurope - which meet regularly to discuss issues at stake, we ensure that concerns of the graphic industry are heard. Our EU policy work on social affairs covers the following topics:


  • Employment policy
  • Skills and qualifications
  • Health & Safety
  • Moving and working in Europe
  • Rights at work
  • Social protection and social inclusion
  • Involvement in related EU projects (e.g. SPPRING)


Social Dialogue

Intergraf is a member of the Graphical Sector's European Social Dialogue Committee, which organises and takes part in discussions, consultations and joint actions between employers (Intergraf) and trade unions (UNI Europa Graphical & Packaging) in the printing industry, alongside the European Commission. You can download the 2019-21 Work Programme of our Social Dialogue Committee here. Topics discussed in European Social Dialogue fall under the following categories:

  • The technological, social and economic situation and trends of the sector at EU level
  • Digitisation
  • Demographics
  • Skills and follow-up of the 2013/14 joint EU project "Future Skills in the graphical industry"
  • New business models and follow-up of the 2010 joint EU project on "Best practices in socially responsible restructuring of printing companies"
  • State aid and unfair competition
  • Image and environment

Upcoming meetings: The next meeting of European Social Dialogue will take place on 20-21 November 2019 in Brussels. This is a two-day event consisting of a SPPRING project Workshop on 20 November, followed by a European Social Dialogue Working Group on 21 November.

Primary contact: Alison Grace