EU funding call supporting social dialogue between trade unions and employer organisations

Article written by Duncan Barry – Media and Information Executive, MEUSAC
Published on Malta Today – 27.06.18

A new funding call, targeting trade unions and employer organisations, has just been launched by the European Commission under the Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (EaSi) programme aimed at supporting social dialogue.

EaSi helps the European Union and its Member States to improve policies on thematic areas, mainly being employment, social protection, social inclusion, and working conditions.

The funds for this particular call will be used to finance consultations, meetings, negotiations and other joint actions involving the two sides of the industry, that is employers and unions. The call is aimed at fostering the implementation of European social dialogue outcomes while strengthening the involvement of social partners in the European Semester and enhancing their contribution to EU policy-making.

Of a high priority are projects proposed under this call jointly by employers’ and workers’ organisations which aim at implementing parts of the work programme of European social dialogue committees, as well as measures to foster the implementation of European social dialogue outcomes.

Particularly welcomed will be actions such as the employment, social and economic challenges as identified in the European Pillar of Social Rights; the adaptation of social dialogue to changes in employment and work-related challenges, such as the modernisation of the labour market, job creation and job matching; the greening of the economy, flexicurity and skills; (intra-EU) labour mobility, migration, youth employment, health and safety at work, and the modernisation of social protection systems.

The Commission emphasises on the importance that social dialogue gains ground between trade unions and employer organisations. In June 2016, the European Trade Union Federation had signed a statement, giving social dialogue between the two sides a new start, committing them to promote social dialogue. Since then, a number of funding calls were issued to help support social dialogue in all EU Member States.

Eligibility and criteria
The total budget earmarked for this call is estimated at €9,815,250.

The EU grant requested should indicatively be between €150,000 and €650,000.

Under this call for proposals, the EU grant may not exceed 90% of the total eligible costs of the action.

To be eligible, a project must include a lead applicant and at least one co-applicant. The lead applicant must be a social partner organisation at European, national or regional level. Co-applicants may be social partners, non-profit making organisations, universities and research institutes, public authorities or international organisations. If a social partner organisation representing workers is the lead applicant, the mandatory co-applicant must be a social partner organisation representing employers.

Should you wish to receive assistance in the EU funding application process, one can set up an appointment with the EU funding team at MEUSAC on or by calling on 2200 3300. It is of pertinent importance for potential applicants to be aware of the fact that in order to be considered for the funds, applicants must satisfy the programme’s priorities.

The deadline to apply for this call is September 25, 2018.

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