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Sectors: Employment, Social Affairs

Beneficiaries: Corporations

Regions: Candidate countries, European Union

Category: Call for proposals


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Responsible: European commission


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This call for proposals aims to encourage measures and initiatives related to the adaptation of social dialogue to changes in employment and work related challenges.

Priorities and funded actions:

– Strengthening the involvement of social partners in the European Semester and enhancing their contribution to EU policy making;
– Building and reinforcing the capacity of national (cross-industry and/or sectoral) social partners to engage in national social dialogue and to participate in and contribute to European social dialogue, in particular in those Member States where social dialogue is underdeveloped.

– Implementing (parts of) the work programme of European social dialogue committees by joint employers’ and workers’ organisations; 
– Fostering the implementation of European social dialogue outcomes, reinforcing their impact and visibility, supporting follow-up and reporting;
– Strenghtening synergies and exchanges between European sectoral social dialogue committees and/or between the sectoral committees and the cross-industry level, including through projects developing a multi-sectoral approach on themes of common interest.  

Among financed actions
– Measures to prepare European social dialogue, such as preparatory surveys, meetings and conferences;
– Measures regarded as part of social dialogue within the meaning of Articles 154 and 155 TFEU, such as negotiations, preparatory meetings for negotiations or activities relating to the implementation of negotiated agreements and other negotiated outcomes;
– Measures to implement the European social partners’ work programmes (such as the organisation of round tables, exchanges of experience and networks of key actors);
– Measures to disseminate, promote, monitor and evaluate European social dialogue activities and outcomes, e.g. through European or national events, peer learning or reviews, studies and (paper or electronic) publications (including the translation);
– Measures to improve the coordination, functioning and effectiveness of European social dialogue, including through the identification and development of joint approaches by the social dialogue committees, such as the exchange of good practice and related joint training events;
– Measures to strengthen the capacity of social partners to contribute to European social dialogue with particular attention to Central and Eastern European Member States and Candidate Countries, e.g. through information and training seminars aiming at developing legal expertise or organisational/administrative skills, or at expanding membership and representativeness;
– Measures to further develop and strengthen the membership of European social partner organisations;