The delegation of National Trade Union Confederation of Moldova, led by Igor Zubcu, President of CNSM, is participating in the 15th Congress of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) from 23-26 May 2023, which started today, May 23, in Berlin, Germany. About 600 delegates, representing 93 national trade union organizations from 41 European countries, including representatives from 10 European sectoral trade union federations, are attending the Congress.

A number of important leaders from the European Union are taking part in the opening of the Congress: Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights, Olaf Scholz, Federal Chancellor of Germany, Hubertus Heil, Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs of Germany.

For four days, European trade union leaders will discuss trade union priorities for protecting the rights and interests of trade union members in European countries. Delegates will exchange views on new business models for European trade union organisations, challenges for the future of work, strengthening the European Trade Union Confederation. The Congress will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ETUC.

The Congress will elect the new ETUC leadership, discuss the ETUC Activity Report for 2019-2023, the ETUC Constitution, and adopt several important documents for the European trade union movement, including the Berlin Manifesto and the ETUC Strategic Action Programme for 2023-2027.

The National Trade Union Confederation of Moldova became a member of the European Trade Union Confederation on 27 October 2022. ETUC is the main trade union organisation representing workers at European level. In its role as European social partner, ETUC coordinates the national and sectoral policies of its affiliates on social and economic issues, in particular within the EU institutional processes.

ETUC was founded in 1973 and has a membership of over 90 trade union organisations, comprising over 45 million trade union members.