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BKDP representative among special guests at ETUC Congress

The 15th Congress of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) will take place from Tuesday 23 to Friday 26 May 2023 in Berlin, Germany. It will be attended by a representative of the Belarusian democratic trade unions.

The event will be attended by about 600 national trade union delegates, including general secretaries or chairmen of about 93 national trade union organizations from 41 European countries, 10 European trade union federations, as well as special guests from Europe and other countries.

Belarus is represented by the acting chairman of the Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions (BKDP) Maksim Pazniakou, who is invited to the Congress as a guest. He is also planned to address the participants of the event.

Over four days, European trade union leaders will discuss trade union demands and priorities to ensure fair conditions for workers. They will exchange views on trade union renewal, the future of labor, a new economic model for people and the planet, the future of Europe and the strengthening of the ETUC.

The Congress will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the European Trade Union Confederation: 50 years of struggle for workers.

The Congress will elect a new leadership team for the ETUC, approve the 2019-2023 activity report, amend the ETUC Constitution and adopt key documents, including the Berlin Manifesto and the ETUC Action Program 2023-2027.

German politicians including Olaf Scholz, German Federal Chancellor, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, Hubertus Heil, German Federal Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Nicholas Schmit, European Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights and others will also speak at the Congress.

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