Social forum

Article 27
Social forum

  1. The Contracting Parties shall take due account of the social dimension and they shall recognise the need to involve the social partners at all appropriate levels by promoting the social dialogue in relation to the monitoring of the implementation of this Treaty and its effects.
  2. They shall consider the importance of focusing their attention on the following key areas:(a) workers’ fundamental rights according to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the European Social Charter, the Community Charter of the Fundamental Social Rights of Workers, and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union;(b) labour laws – in relation to the promotion of improved working conditions and standards of living;(c) health and safety at work – in relation to improvements in the working environment concerning the health and safety of workers in the transport sector;(d) equal opportunities – with a focus on the introduction, where necessary, of the principle that men and women ought to receive equal pay for equal work.
  3.  For addressing these social matters, the Contracting Parties shall agree to establish a Social Forum. Each Contracting Party, in accordance with its internal procedures, shall designate its representatives, who may take part in the relevant meetings of the Social Forum. The representation shall cover the governments, as well as the organisations of workers and employers and as any other relevant bodies, which are considered appropriate in accordance with the discussed topics. The European social dialogue committees related to the transport sector shall be present and participate in the meetings, as well as representatives of the European Economic and Social Committee. The Social Forum shall establish its rules of procedure.