A Just, Competitive and Protective Europe
The European Union of Christian Democratic Workers (EUCDW) is the family of Christian Democratic workers’ organisations, organisations whose roots run deep in the history of the European continent and which have pioneered the European project from its inception.
Tracing back its roots to the Encyclical Rerum Novarum by Pope Leo XIII 125 years ago, which guided Europe’s Founding Fathers – Robert Schuman, Alcide De Gasperi, and Konrad Adenauer – EUCDW is committed to strengthening the Social Market Economy which lies at the heart of the European Union, successfully combining sustainable economic competitiveness with social justice.
Highlight this year was the XII Statutory Congress of the European Union of Christian Democratic Workers on 14 and 15 December 2018, which was attended by over 100 delegates of the Christian-democratic workers’ movements in Europe, with the re-election of MEP Elmar Brok as President of our association and keynote speakers including European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Marianne Thyssen, Austrian Federal Minister for Education and Research dr. Heinz Fassmann and EPP Vice President and Campaign Director Dara Murphy,
The European Union of Christian Democratic Workers (EUCDW) is the voice and official association of Christian Democratic workers in the EPP.
Led by its President Elmar BROK, Secretary General Ivo BELET and Treasurer Ria OOMEN-RUIJTEN, the European Union of Christian Democratic Workers (EUCDW) is the voice and official association of Christian Democratic workers in the European People’s Party (EPP).
Our association brings together 24 member organisations from 18 European countries, including Christian-democratic trade unions, Christian-social movements and workers’ associations in political parties. Apart from being active within the structures of the EPP, we are committed in the European Parliament and provide ground for training and cooperation to prepare the Christian-democratic workers’ movement to build tomorrow’s Europe.
Founded as part of the EPP Family in 1977, the Christian workers movement is among its largest and oldest member associations, and continues to strive for the future of the European Social Market Economy.
To find out more about EUCDW, contact our headquarters via firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +32 2 285 41 64. Of course, you can also find us on Twitter and Facebook!
A Just, Competitive and Protective Europe
EUCDW Congress Document
Declaration on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the EUCDW
EUCDW Resolution 'Europe must Protect its Strategic Interests'
EUCDW Resolution 'Towards a Pillar of Social Rights', adopted by the EPP Congress with an overwhelming majority on 29 – 30 March 2017.
European Commission unveils proposal for the revision of EU rules on posted workers.
EPP Group in the European Parliament adopts ambitious position paper on a ‘modern social Europe’.
Concerns on potential risk for workers' rights block proposal on Societas Unius Personae in European Parliament.
EUCDW calls for a European solution for the plight of refugees on our European doorsteps.
EUCDW shares concerns of Christian-democratic workers’ organisations and calls for respect for highest social and environmental standards.
EUCDW calls for proposal respecting our high social and fiscal standards and protecting workers' right to co-decision
Common Initiative of EUCDW on the Economic and Social Situation in Greece.
On the 30th anniversary of the European Social Dialogue, EUCDW joins the call for ’A New Start for Social Dialogue’ in Europe.
On 20 and 21 November 2019, the XXVI EPP Congress and an EUCDW Board meeting took place in Zagreb.
The 2018 Congress of the EUCDW took place on 14-15 December 2018 in Vienna, Austria.
During the EPP Congress in Helsinki, the EUCDW organised a thought-provoking panel discussion on "a New Social Contract for Europe".
The third Board meeting of 2018 was held in Brussels, Belgium.
The second Board meeting of 2018 was held in Brussels, Belgium.
The first board meeting of 2018 was held in Timisoara, Romania.
40 Years of European Union of Christian Democratic Workers
The EUCDW held its 2nd Board meeting of 2017 in Slovenia
Should the Accounting Rules of the Stability and Growth Pact on Public Investment be Modified?
The right to unite, justice for all, fair wages, solidarity - 'The World Belongs to Everyone' captures the social movement inspired by Rerum Novarum.
29 - 30 March 2017 marked the XXIV Congress of the European People’s Party (EPP), centring on the Future of Europe.
The EUCDW held its 1st Board meeting of 2017 in Austria
On 14 December 2016, the EPP Workers’ Group convened in Strasbourg, France, to discuss the proposal for the revision of the Directive on posted workers.
Third EUCDW Board Meeting of 2016.
On 6 July 2016, the EPP Workers' Group convened in Strasbourg.
Second EUCDW Board Meeting of 2016.
EUCDW network event 'The Way Forward for the Social Market Economy' on the occasion of 125 years Rerum Novarum.
First EUCDW Board Meeting of 2016.
Third EUCDW Board Meeting of 2015.
EUCDW Open Presidium with EZA and the EPP Workers' Group.
EUCDW Presidium Meeting in preparation of the 2015 EPP Statutory Congress in Madrid, Spain.
Second EUCDW Board Meeting of 2015.
First EUCDW Board Meeting of 2015.