Social Affairs

The European Hospitality industry directly employs 10 million workers.

Therefore, EU measures relating to social affairs are important areas of interest for the industry.

Over the years the EU has adopted a large number of legislative measures in the area of social policy. The most important ones fall under the headings of:

  • Organisation of work;
  • Consultation and information of workers;
  • Health and safety of workers;
  • Equal treatment in the workplace; and
  • Work life balance.

Social Dialogue

Since many years, HOTREC is engaged in a sectoral social dialogue at EU level with its trade union counterpart - EFFAT.


EFFAT and HOTREC have worked on a number of issues of common interest, including:

  • "Sharing economy”
  • The impact of reduced VAT on employment;
  • European Qualification and Skills Passport for the Hospitality sector
  • Trends in the hospitality industry.

EFFAT and HOTREC are working together in the development of an OIRA (Online Interactive Risk Assessment) tool for the hospitality sector under the umbrella of OSHA (European Agency for Safety and Health at Work).

As recognised social partner, HOTREC is also consulted by the European Commission, pursuant to article 154 TFEU , before the Commission makes proposal.