2. Enlargement

Józef Niemiec (send a mail)
Advisor: Sarah King (send a mail)
Sec: Andrea Lewis (send a mail)
Tel: +32 2 2240441
fax: +32 2 2240454/55

The ETUC warmly welcomed the enlargement of the EU to ten new Member States in May 2004, as well as Bulgaria and Romania in 2007. Well before these events, the ETUC grasped the importance of reuniting eastern and western Europe, and admitted trade union organisations from the former candidate countries into its own membership.
The ETUC works with these affiliates to build a strong framework for social dialogue, with the aim of promoting workers’ rights, equalising working and living conditions between the new and old Member States, and encouraging the democratic participation of all citizens.