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Background


Four members coming from 4 different countries created EASE. There is of course an explanation about the reason why those organisations, and no other ones, decided to create EASE. At the very beginning, the idea was proposed by EOSE - the European Observatoire of Sport and Employment - in the framework of a European project. In fact, different researches about social dialogue in the sport sector in Europe demonstrate that only 3 countries have the experience of negotiation of a National Collective Agreement at national level. The 3 employer organisations coming from Sweden, the Netherlands and France involved in those agreements met each others in different meetings and realised that they shared the same idea of the sport sector at national level. Therefore, they decided - with the English employer organisation (SkillsActive) - to create EASE on 22nd January 2003 in order to defend at European level the identity of the sport and active leisure sector as a whole. At European level, sport and active leisure must be understood as a whole sector or branch gathering different sub–sectors together (not-for-profit sport, professional sport and active leisure) which are making its diversity and also its identity.

  • CoSMoS
    CoSMoS (Conseil Social du Mouvement Sportif) is a French employer organisation of 4000 members, mainly representative in the not-for-profit and professional sport. More...

  • SkillsActive
    SkillsActive is a membership organisation for employers in the sport and active leisure sector (not-for-profit sport, professional sport and active leisure). More...

  • WOS
    The Werkgeversorganisatie in de sport - WOS - is the employer organisation for the sport sector that puts itself to aim, to look after the interests of its members on the broad area of labour relations. The WOS was founded on 8th April 1986 and is representative in the not-for-profit sport. More...

  • Arbetsgivaralliansen
    The Arbetsgivaralliansen is an independent confederation of Sweden employers such as sporting and educational associations. More...

  • Common characteristics
    All the members share the same expectations concerning social dialogue at European level. Today, they focus on learning from each other. They expect to have contacts with other countries in order to share experiences, in the management of issues for instance. They also expect to discuss with trades unions about some common issues, which can be solved at European level.
    They are all optimistic about the chance of success in EASE which will be demonstrated by the creation of a Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for sports. But, all are very aware that it would be possible only with the political and financial support of the European Commission.
    When the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee will be created, all the members evoke the same topic of discussion : education and training. 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.

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