These “autonomous agreements” are “voluntary” because they are concluded with or without the Commission`s initiative, but cannot be implemented by the method of a Council decision under Article 155, paragraph 2, of the EUSVER, although they are “implemented under this provision … specific procedures and procedures applicable to social partners and Member States.” Examples of self-governing interprofessional agreements include telework (2002), work-related stress (2004), harassment and violence in the workplace (2007) and inclusive labour markets (2010). At the sector level, too, there are autonomous agreements – for example. B, “the European licence agreement for drivers performing a cross-border interoperability service” (2004); So far, only one cross-sector agreement – the agreement on protecting workers` health through the proper use of crystalline silica and the products that contain it” (2006) – has been concluded. On 25 January 2006, the negotiating teams of BusinessEurope (formerly UNICE) /UEAPME, CEEP and CES agreed on a second work programme for the period 2006-2008. The aim of the EU`s second social dialogue programme was to promote growth, employment and the modernisation of the European social model. The 2006-2008 work programme also included the conclusion of two “autonomous” framework agreements similar to those related to telework and work-related stress. A framework agreement was harassment and violence in the workplace (signed on 26 April 2007); the other agreement will cover either disadvantaged workers or lifelong learning. As far as terminology is concerned, the social partners have decided to maintain the concept of a `voluntary agreement` for previous agreements (telework and stress), but to move on to the concept of `autonomous agreements` for future European framework agreements. A voluntary agreement does not change the recipient`s obligation to file an income tax return. All income you earn, including income from voluntary agreements, must be included in your return. If you want help with an amount, you can use our Child Assistance and Privilege Calculator to find out what you can pay or receive as part of a formula assessment.

The European social dialogue is one of the most important examples of this new “alternative” mode of governance; In its 2002 communication entitled “European Social Dialogue, a Force for Innovation and Change” (COM (2002) 341 final, 26 June 2002), the Commission declares that social dialogue is “the key to better governance” and calls for greater participation of social partners “on a voluntary basis”. The 2004 communication, entitled “Partnership for Change in an Enlarged Europe – Strengthening the Contribution of European Social Dialogue” (COM (2004) 557 final, 12 August 2004), places particular emphasis on voluntary agreements (called “autonomous agreements” in communication).