is the dialogue between the social partners, i.e. the employers and the employees, on the arrangement and development of work-related issues. This dialogue was initiated at the EU level in 1985; it is recognised in Title X (Art 151-161) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union
In 1998, the Insurance Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee (ISSDC
) was set up as one of the today more than 40 sectoral committees
, with Insurance Europe
(then CEA), (then) ACME, and BIPAR
, the European Federation of Insurance Intermediaries, as organisations representing employers, and UNI Europa Finance
representing the industry’s employees. With the transfer of activities from ACME to AMICE at the beginning of 2008, AMICE has taken over the role of representing its members as employers.
Having initiated the process, the Commission withdrew from further involvement in the contents of the work and the process has become purely bilateral between employers and employees. The Commission, however, basically funds the work of the committees. The ISSDC has adopted its own rules of procedure and establishes a yearly work programme. Work is done in several working group meetings throughout the year and at least one plenary to ratify working results.
Since 2011, one major area of work for the ISSDC is the “demographic challenge” for insurers as employers and their staff. A first brochure
, published in 2012, featured a selection of "good practices" illustrating three key aspects from a 2010 joint statement of the social partners. The good practices are presented to serve as guidance for companies wishing to address the issues identified by the social partners: qualifications and life-long learning; work-life balance; and health and safety measures. Mutual and cooperative insurers figure prominently in this collection of outstanding examples.
AMICE participates in the meetings of the working group at the Secretariat level and endeavours to provide speakers from its membership when invited to contribute in this form at working group meetings and plenaries.