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Full name Council of European Professional and Managerial Staff
Founded 1993
Members 6 million from national trade union organisations in Europe and European Trade Union Federations
Key people Martin Jefflén, President 2013-; Carlo Parietti, President 2006-2012; - Michel Rousselot, President 1993-2005
Office location Brussels, Belgium
Country Europe

The Council of European Professional and Managerial Staff (EUROCADRES) is an recognised[1] cross-industry social partner in the European Social Dialogue[2] and in collective bargaining, representing Professional and Managerial Staff (P&MS) in Europe.[3] EUROCADRES is associated to the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), but is fully independent and addresses only Professional and Managerial Staff issues. At European level EUROCADRES participates, in association with CEC - European Managers, in the cross-industry social dialogue with workers' representatives - European Trade Union Confederation - ETUC, and employers' representatives -BUSINESSEUROPE, CEEP - European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation and of Enterprises of General Economic Interest, UEAPME - European Association of Craft and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises.[4] With more than 15% of employees holding professional or managerial positions, EUROCADRES represents[5] almost 6 million employees in all sectors of business, in industry as well as in the civil and public services.[6]

EUROCADRES convenes its Congress, which is the policy-making body, every four years. In the intervening years, affiliates are summoned to a General Assembly. All EUROCADRES activities and policies between Congresses are controlled by the Executive Committee with national representatives and industry federation delegates including the President and Vice-Presidents elected by a secret ballot of the Congress. The President (Martin Jefflén, Swedish) represents EUROCADRES in cooperation with the Vice-Presidents.

The Secretariat is located in Brussels.


In 1992, the European Union entered into a new phase, after the signature of the Maastricht treaty that opened the way to the Euro and recognised the role of social partners, with the setting up of a framework for social dialogue. In parallel, the trade union movement had just marked a new milestone: the seventh ETUC (European trade union confederation) congress in 1991 modernised the structures and opened the door to the European sectoral entities as member organisations.

From then on, the European dimension was to play a crucial role.[7]

Professional and managerial staff, whose numbers were growing, were actively involved in the economic and social life of all European countries. They were members of many different types of organisation. In the various countries, the professionals' and managers' national organisations, with their work experience within the FIET (International Federation of Commercial, Clerical, Professional and Technical Employees) Committee for professional and managerial staff, or within NAR (Nordic Professional Council), wanted to be provided with an organisation able to represent them and to act at European level. Thus EUROCADRES was born, on 24 February 1993 in Luxembourg.

Delegates represented 40 organisations and came from 15 countries. They decided to establish the Council of European Professional and Managerial Staff under the name EUROCADRES. Bertil Blomqvist (Sweden) and Peter Lamb (United Kingdom) were elected Vice Presidents whilst Michel Rousselot (France) was elected President. The action programme adopted by the Assembly covered employment, mobility, training, the roles of professional and managerial staff, management methods, working conditions and equal opportunities and served as the basis for action taken by EUROCADRES. Soon after, EUROCADRES took the European stage by joining the Europe-wide demonstration organised by the ETUC on 2 April 1993 calling for a coordinated employment policy. In 1999 a joint agreement[8] with CEC European Managers was signed. In 2013 the Council of European Professional and Managerial Staff is celebrating its 20th Anniversary.

Areas of action[edit]

EUROCADRES Networks[edit]

EUROCADRES - Femanet: European network for female managers

EUROCADRES - Startpro: transition from student to professional life

EUROCADRES Members[edit]

European Trade Union Federations[edit]

  • EFBWW - European Federation of Building and Woodworkers
  • EFFAT - European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions
  • EPSU - European Federation of Public Service Unions
  • ETF - European Transport Workers' Federation
  • ETUCE - European Trade Union Committee for Education
  • IndustriALL European Trade Union
  • UNI Europa

European National Trade Union Organisations[edit]


  • GPA-djp / ÖGB - Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund


  • ABVV/FGTB - Algemeen Belgisch Vakverbond / Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique
  • SETCA/BBTK (nl) - Syndicat des employés techniciens et cadres
  • ACV/CSC - Algemeen Christelijk Vakverbond / Confédération des Syndicats Chrétiens
  • CNE trade union (fr) (CNE) - Centrale Nationale des Employés
  • LBC/NVK (nl) - Landelijke Bediendecentrale / Nationaal Verbond voor kaderpersoneel
  • CGSLB/ACLVB - Centrale Générale des Syndicats Libéraux de Belgique / Algemeine Centrale der Liberale Vakbonden van Belgie


  • CITUB - Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Bulgaria
  • PODKREPA - Confederation of Labour


  • SZH - Sindikat Željezničara Hrvatske


  • CMK OS - Czech Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions
  • OS ECHO - Trade union of energy and chemical workers
  • OSP VV - Odborový svaz pracovníků vědy a výzkumu


  • AC - Akademikernes Centralorganisation
  • FTF - Funktionærernes og Tjenestemændenes Fællesråd
  • TL - Teknisk Landsforbund


  • TALO - Teenistujate Ametiliitude Organisatsioon


  • AKAVA - Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland
  • STTK - Toimihenkilökeskusjärjestöry




  • GSEE - Geniki Synomospondia Ergaton Ellados
  • OTOE - Greek Federation of Bank employee Unions


  • ESZT - Értelmiségi Szakszervezeti Tömörülés




  • LCGB - Lëtzebuerger Chrëschtleche Gewerkschafts-Bond
  • OGB-L - Confédération Générale du Travail de Luxembourg







  • CCOO - Confederación Sindical de Comisiones Obreras
  • PTC-CCOO - Profesionales Tecnicos y cuadros
  • UGT-E - Unión General de Trabajadores
  • UTC-UGT - Unión de Técnicos y Cuadros de la Unión General de Trabajadores





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