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Social partners

The social partners involved in the ↑Bologna Process are employers' federations, unions and unions of students. At the European level, the interests of employers are represented by the Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe (UNICE), those of the employees by Education International (EI) and those of the students by ↑ESIB. The support of the social partners is welcomed by the Bologna signatory states. For example, the employability of graduates, especially of those with Bachelor qualifications, can only be increased in cooperation with the social partners. Employers' federations can contribute to the definition of necessary competences graduates should have. Therefore, in the Bergen Communiqué (2005), the European Ministers stressed the need for even greater dialogue with the social partners in the future.[1]
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Related terms:
↑Lifelong learning; ↑Social dimension

[1] Cf. Bergen, p. 2.

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