Centre Européen de Ressources des Groupements d’Employeurs
The European Information and Resource Centre (CERGE) defines itself as the official network of employers’ alliances. It gathers together all available information and competencies relating to employers’ alliances. Its main aim is to expand employers’ alliances in Europe and to oversee quality assurance.
CERGE was founded on 22nd February 2008 in Brussels by representatives of the French, Belgian and German EA Resources and Information Centres. Following its inaugural meeting, the Committee of Regions introduced the “Response to the European Commission’s Common Principles of Flexicurity” at the European Convention.
CERGE and its members have access to guides and materials regarding the formation of employers’ alliances, as well as to numerous investigations and studies on the subject. Contact CERGE and the members of your choice and language area for more information.
An important prerequisite to the transfer of the EA model to a country in which there are as yet no employers’ alliances is a transfer study. The study will consider:
- The legal conditions for the foundation of EAs
- The political framework
- The situation of small and medium-sized businesses in the region
The principles of the transfer as an integral part of EAs
- Consolidated working relationships with existing entrepreneurial flexibility
- The altruism of employer cooperation
- Fair wages
- Protection against wage claims when no equity capital is being generated
- Small and medium-sized businesses as a target group and Quality standards
In order to be able to estimate the chances of the formation of an EA, a feasibility study must be compiled. This includes:
- Preliminary considerations regarding an EA in the selected region
- Regional analysis
- Survey of the needs and interests of businesses/employers in the region
- Decision by the businesses/employers in the region regarding the foundation of an EA
The foundation of an EA involves the following steps:
- Detailed requirement analysis in each individual business
- The formation of jobs from the part-time positions identified
- Preparation for the foundation: selection of the legal status and the drafting of a business plan
The foundation of the organisation, establishment of the financial, technical and personnel-related preconditions, hiring of initial employees
CERGE and CERGE-members have access to a broad spectrum of information and consultation materials. Contact the members of your choice and language area for more information.
The legal conditions for employers’ alliances vary from country to country. In order that flexicurity – flexibility and security for employers and employees – is guaranteed in the employers’ alliances across Europe, quality standards have been developed.
Globalisation has caused new challenges for companies, employees, social partnerships those active in regional development.
Employers’ alliances see themselves as components within a larger strategy whereby these challenges can be met as a local, regional, national and European level.