1st Seminar – Perspectives and Challenges of the Woodworking Industries in Europe

Date: 07.12.2017

Venue: Ipanema Park Hotel, Serralves  street 124 4150-125, Oporto

The project focused on challenges faced and solutions offered by the Woodworking Industries and aimed at developing common opinion and deriving recommendations to the companies and workers involved, so that a real practical on-the-ground effect of this project can be measured in five years’ time.

This first seminar focused on two main issues, formaldehyde and working conditions. In the morning session the European Commission’s DG Employment representative Mrs. Karola Grodzki made an intervention on the issue of the protection of workers against occupational cancer and the Commission’s proposals to amend Directive 2004/37/EC and related aspects.
Through the seminar, the formaldehyde challenge brought together individuals, trade union representatives, employers and workers, committed to find a better way to work and address the issue. This proved to be a good approach in facing the current and future challenges. The parties are considering to have a joint declaration on how to act further and agree on a potential European action guide on formaldehyde for use in all concerned factories.
Partners agreed that the seminar had been very successful and had started an important and necessary debate.


Focus on European Woodworking Sector Attractiveness 2nd Seminar Perspectives and Challenges of the Woodworking Industries in Europe

Date: 30.11.2018

Venue:  Olaias Park Hotel, Lisbon

The Seminar was organised around the theme of the European Woodworking Sector Attractiveness and provided a good insight on the strengths and challenges the sector’s image is facing today, as well as some concrete examples of the best practices and solutions that have been tested and/or implemented in Croatia, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom and Belgium.

The Woodworking Industry needs to make efforts to appeal to the next generations by using the appropriate tools. Within this context, social media play a crucial role in promoting the sector’s strengths and attractiveness. The use of images has a key role in the promotion process: wood isn’t only a natural material but is also beautiful, esthetical, sustainable, modern and inspiring for innovative solutions.
The Seminar allowed a thought-provoking brainstorming and best-practices exchange. It is now time for the Social Partners to put in practice the recommendations and keep improving the communication on sector attractiveness.


Final Conference Perspectives and Challenges of the Woodworking Industries in Europe Joint CEI-Bois / EFBWW / EPF Project

Date: 24.05.2019

Venue: Hotel Solverde, Porto

During the Final Conference, that took place on the 24 of May 2019, in Porto, the Social Partners underlined the importance of the Social Dialogue as a platform for bringing together the Social actors and allowing to join forces to face new European Woodworking Industry challenges. The Partners welcomed the signature of the European Action Guide and highlighted the need for further actions and increased future collaboration.

For more information on the project you can visit: http://pcwie.com

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