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Europe’s Liberal Democrats have not just jumped on the recent bandwagon of environmentalism. It is rather the case that the ideas and principles of the ELDR Party in these fields are now coming to the fore. Since the early 1980’s, Liberals have established comprehensive policies on environmental sustainability, energy production, as well as on European agricultural policy. Find an overview of 35 years of adopted liberal policies within this area or consult the different resolutions below.


  • 18/02/2017
    EFFAT promotes the social reform of the CAP
    On the occasion of the regional conference of the Germanspeaking agricultural trade unions, end of February 2017 in Vienna, the trade unions involved agreed on a joint action in the EFFAT campaign "For a social European agricultural policy". In this way, the agriculture trade unions want to...
  • 15/02/2017
    Time for OUR recovery: European Trade Union movement kicks off EU pay rise campaign
    Corporate Europe has recovered from the crisis but while the top 1% reap almost all the economic gains, workers haven’t seen a pay rise in years.To turn the tide, the European trade union movement has launched the campaign ‘It’s time for OUR Recovery – Europe needs a pay rise’.Rather than costing...
  • 08/02/2017
    Workers’ cross border solidarity blocks Starbucks’ strikebreaking attempt
    As after three negotiating rounds in the German fast food sector the employers had not come up with any substantial offer, NGG, the German Food, Beverages and Hospitality Trade Union, had started strike actions. Starbucks reaction was to recruit workers in Poland to “volunteer” to “support”...
  • 06/02/2017
    EP plenary vote on 15 February on CETA: Joint briefing from the European Trade Union Federations
    The European trade union federations share a number of common concerns about CETA as it is now being proposed to the European Parliament. The Joint Interpretative Instrument (JII) does not go far enough in clarifying or adequately addressing these concerns. For these reasons, we ask you not to...
  • 12/01/2017
    EFFAT Agriculture sector responds to the European Commission communication on European Pillar of Social Rights
    On 8 March 2016, the European Commission (COM) launched a public consultation on strengthening the European Union’s social base termed the “European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR)”. Rural areas in Europe are going through the current crisis virtually unprotected. For this reason, the political...
  • 16/12/2016
    Stand up for undocumented workers!
    Excluding undocumented workers from contributing to and benefitting from education and other public services costs EU citizens far more than including them, says a brochure published for the International Migrants Day (December 18) by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and Union...



  • 24/11/2015
    Sharing economy: No! if it leads to unfair competition and social dumping
    Concerned over the rapid diffusion of the “sharing economy” in tourism (i.e. Internet based offers for accommodation and transport, such as Airbnb and Uber), EFFAT adopted a common position during the latest Executive Committee meeting. The text calls on policy makers to avoid that the...
  • 15/09/2015
    EFFAT invites to express solidarity with Finnish unions fighting anti-union legislation
    Finland’s trade unions are mobilizing against the new right-wing coalition government’s plan to unilaterally cut pay and benefits negotiated through collective bargaining, and are asking for solidarity and support.On September 9, after unions refused to agree to the proposals, the government...
  • 07/08/2015
    Migrant Workers in the Meat Sector - A guide to your rights !
    Representing together over 12 million workers employed in agriculture and plantations, the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF) and its regional organization the European Federation of Food, Agriculture, Tourism Trade...
  • 03/07/2015
    Better Regulation Package - EFFAT denounces threat to social and environmental standards
    EFFAT has published its position paper on the better Regulation package released by the European Commission and highlights its concern over a potential dismantle of labour, social and environmental standards.EFFAT generally agrees with some of the supposed objectives of the Better Regulation...
  • 09/06/2015
    Better Regulation Watchdog Network sends open letter to the Commission
    Last week the Better Regulation Watchdog Network took action and sent an open letter to Members of the European Parliament. The action was carried out following the European Commission's recent proposal for an Inter-Institutional Agreement and the Commission communication on Better Regulation for...
  • 21/05/2015
    MEP Evelyn Regner supports Back2OurFuture youth campaign
    MEP Evelyn Regner supports Back2OurFuture youth campaignAustrian MEP Evelyn Regner has expressed her support for the Back2OurFuture campaign that aims to tackle youth unemployment.Referring to the campaign, she said that “it clearly shows the kind of vision that young people have of European...




EFFAT is the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions. As a European Trade Union Federation representing 120 national trade unions from 35 European countries, EFFAT defends the interests of more than 22 million workers towards the European Institutions, European employers’ associations and transnational companies. EFFAT is a member of the ETUC and the European regional organisation of the IUF.