Support for social dialogue

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Deadline Date: 15-06-2015
Programme: Employment and Social innovation Programme
Budget description: The Union funding per project will not be less than EUR 108.000
MAX Co-funding rate: 90-95
description: The Commission welcomes in particular projects that provide for a full project cycle, including preparatory, implementation and dissemination, follow-up and reporting activities. Therefore, the duration of actions can be up to 24 months
Applicants: The lead applicant must be a social partner organisation at European, national or regional level. If this is not the case, the application will not be considered eligible and will be rejected.
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In line with the remarks in the budget of the European Union, budget heading
04 03 01 08 is intended to cover grants for promoting social dialogue at cross-industry
and sectoral level in accordance with Article 154 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the
European Union (TFEU), and for developing European social dialogue in its different
dimensions of information exchange, consultation, negotiation and joint action. This
call will therefore be used to finance consultations, meetings, negotiations and other
actions designed to achieve these objectives and to promote actions outlined in the
European Commission's Communication on The European social dialogue, a force for
innovation and change (COM(2002)341), the Communication on Partnership for change
in an enlarged Europe – Enhancing the contribution of European social dialogue
(COM(2004)557) and the Commission Staff Working Document on the Functioning and
potential of European sectoral social dialogue (SEC(2010)964).
The measures should help the social partner organisations (representatives of
management and labour) to contribute to addressing the overarching EU employment
and social policy challenges as laid down in particular in:
 the Strategy Europe 2020: A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth
(COM(2010)2020) and the European Council Conclusions of 25-26 March 2010 and
17 June 2010;
 the Commission Communication Strengthening the social dimension of the Economic
and Monetary Union (COM(2013)690);
 the Annual Growth Survey, the Joint Employment Report and the recommendations
addressed to the Member States in the context of the European Semester;
 the Political Guidelines presented by Jean-Claude Juncker in the Agenda for Jobs,
Growth, Fairness and Democratic Change and the Commission Work Programmes.
Objectives of this call include measures and initiatives related to the adaptation of social
dialogue to changes in employment and work related challenges, such as addressing
modernisation of the labour market, quality of work, anticipation, preparation and
management of change and restructuring, the greening of the economy, flexicurity,
skills, (intra-EU) labour mobility, migration, youth employment, health and safety at
work, modernisation of social protection systems, reconciliation of work and family life,
gender equality, action in the field of anti-discrimination, active ageing, healthier and
longer working lives, active inclusion and decent work.
Actions are expected to contribute to the priorities and activities of European social
dialogue, including those that form part of the European Commission's commitment to
relaunch and strengthen social dialogue. In that context, particular emphasis is put on
strengthening the involvement of social partners in the European Semester and
enhancing their contribution to EU policy making.
Measures which contribute to addressing the employment and social and economic
dimensions of EU priorities relating to the recovery from the crisis, taking into account
the need for social convergence between Member States, and to reaching the objectives

and targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy and its flagship initiatives, will also be
particularly welcome.
Projects proposed 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,
reinforce their impact and visibility, and support follow-up and reporting are a high
Strengthening synergies and exchanges between European social dialogue sectoral
committees and between the sectoral committees and the inter-professional level is a
horizontal objective. Measures to support the European social partners and social
dialogue committees in their contribution to impact assessment of the employment and
social dimensions of EU initiatives will also be particularly welcome.
The budget heading can be used to finance actions involving representatives of the
social partners from the Candidate Countries1. It is also intended to promote equal
participation of women and men in the decision-making bodies of both trade unions and
employers' organisations. These last two components are cross-cutting.
The foreseen budgetary allocation to this call is EUR 8 865 000. The European
Commission reserves the right not to disburse the total available funds.
Applications will be examined and selected taking account of the remarks in the EU
budget, the criteria laid down in this document and the principle of balanced support.
Access for people with disabilities should be guaranteed for measures funded under this
call for proposals.

The following categories of actions are targeted:
 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
 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 monitor and follow up European social dialogue activities and outcomes,
such as initiatives to disseminate and evaluate the results of European social dialogue
1 Where reference is made to the Candidate Countries in this call for proposals, it concerns the
Candidate Countries at the time of the deadline for the submission of applications of this call for

through European or national events, or through 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 new Member States and Candidate
Countries (such as information and training seminars)2;
 measures by social partners which contribute to the process of relaunch and
strengthening of social dialogue initiated by the European Commission, with regard in
particular to the involvement of social partners in the European Semester and their
contribution to EU policy making;
 measures by social partners which contribute to the employment and social and
economic dimensions of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the monitoring and
analysis of its impact on labour markets;
 measures to support the contributions European social partners and social dialogue
committees provide to impact assessment of the employment and social dimensions
of EU initiatives.
Measures that aim mainly at improving expertise in the field of industrial relations,
including through analysis and research and by promoting the exchange of information
and experience among relevant actors, are not covered by this call for proposals. This
type of actions will be funded under a separate call for proposals.
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