EASE was founded by four organisations from England, France, Sweden and The Netherlands. The idea to create EASE was formed by EOSE – the European Observatoire of Sport and Employment.
Research on information about Social Dialogue in Europe learned that only three countries had experience on negotiations of a National Collective Agreement. These countries were France, Sweden and The Netherlands.
Together with England (SkillsActive) EASE was founded in January 2003. The main purpose of EASE is to provide a platform for further European coöperation and development on the subject of labour relations for the sports sector and encouragement of developments on a European Social Dialogue.
At European level, sport and active leisure should be regarded as one sector or branch gathering with three sub–sectors (not-for-profit sport, professional sport and active leisure).
The first issue is to build a unique sectoral social dialogue committee for all sports. There is no legal definition of "sport". The sport and active leisure sector, as generally defined in the EU Member States, embraces a number of enterprises covered by the European Communities' Nomenclature of Activities (NACE). The NACE defines the sector under the headings "Sports and recreation education" and "Sports activities", under the codes 85.51 and 93.1.
Three main segmentations of the sport and active leisure sector can be done : - not-for-profit sport, - professional sport, - active leisure. The social dialogue does not concern the public sector. It is possible to provide fairly clear definitions and limits of the sport and active leisure sector: it is made up of several segments organised around the productions of differentiated services.
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Today, employers have their say in the sport and active leisure sector at the European level through EASE and have an important part to play in the building of an effective employer network across the European Union. Read more.