A number of organisations from the sport and active leisure sector have decided to come together to address social affairs linked to business issues at European level. To take this forward in a structured way, they founded EASE in 2003.
EASE stands for European Association of Sport Employers. EASE is a European not-for-profit organisation registered in France . It is an independent membership association of national sport and active leisure employer organisations wishing to promote social dialogue. More...

"Social dialogue in the sport and active leisure sector: IMPLEMENT, AFFILIATE, CREATE - IMPACT project”

Using the results of both the RBT project (2006) and the CC-project (2008), the IMPACT project aimed to further reinforce the representativeness of EASE while continuing to prepare with UNI Europa Sport the official European social dialogue in the sport and active leisure sector, including the sub-sectors not-for-profit sport, active leisure and professional sport, in parallel with what is developed in professional football.
The project activities were developed from 1st July 2010 to 31st December 2011 through 3 levels of social dialogue and the 3 identified sub-sectors. More...

European Commission's point of view

Social dialogue is defined by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to include all types of negotiation, consultation or simply exchange of information between, or among, representatives of governments, employers and workers, on issues of common interest related to economic and social policy.

It can exist as a tripartite process, with the government as an official party to the dialogue or it may consist of bipartite relations between labour and management (or trade unions and employer organisations), with or without indirect government involvement.
Dialogue can be informal or institutionalised and often it is a combination of both.
It takes place at either national, regional or company level.
It can be inter–professional, sectoral or a combination of all of those.

The social dialogue and the quality of industrial relations are at the centre of the European social model. More...

Database social partners

Database of the employer and employee organisations in the EU25 (as of 31.12.2006)

Statement on EU social dialogue in the sport sector, 12th Dec. 2012

EASE and UNI Europa Sport, the social partners in the European sport sector, concluded the first meeting of a two year test phase for a European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee today in Brussels. The meeting was chaired by Jean-Paul Tricart, the head of the European Commission's social dialogue unit. More...

Commission's Communication on Sport, Jan. 2011

The European Commission adopted a Communication entitled “Developing the European Dimension in Sport” on 18th January 2011 that flows from the European Union new role under the Lisbon Treaty to support and coordinate sport policy measures taken by Member States.
The Commission confirms its support to the EU social partners and announces the launching in 2012 of a test phase of 2 years of the ESSDC for sports and active leisure.
EASE issued a Common position on the article on EU social dialogue.