European Commission is pleased to announce Social Prerogative and Specific Competencies Lines (SOCPL) grant program to promote social dialogue at cross-industry and sectoral level, developing European social dialogue, and building and strengthening the capacity of national social partners, in particular following the Covid crisis.
Themes and Priorities
This call will be used to finance consultations, meetings, negotiations and other actions, as outlined in the European Commission’s Communication on The European social dialogue, a force for innovation and change, the Communication on Partnership for change in an enlarged Europe – Enhancing the contribution of European social dialogues and the Commission Staff Working Document on the Functioning and potential of European sectoral social dialogue.
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 outcomes;
- 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 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 European social partners and social dialogue committees in their contribution to impact assessment of the employment and social dimensions of EU initiatives.
- measures to maintain, develop and improve the capacity of national social partners, together with EU cross-industry social partners, specifically following the Covid crisis, including the exchange of good practices between a national social partner and an EU cross-industry social partner;
- measures related to technical assistance provided by EU cross-industry social partners for the coordination and support of the Covid related activities of national social partners.
The available call budget is EUR 15 370 000.
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries, affiliated entities and associate organisations) must:
- Be legal entities (public or private bodies).
- In application the Financial Regulation, social partner organisations without legal personality are also eligible provided that the conditions of the Financial Regulation related thereto are met;
- Be established and registered in one of the eligible countries4 , i.e.:
- The single applicant must be a European social partner organisation.
- The coordinator must be a social partner organisation at European, national or regional level.
- Affiliated entities and associate organisations may be part of a single applicant proposal or consortia.
- Other beneficiaries, affiliated entities and associate organisations must fall within one of the following categories: social partners, non-profit-making organisations, universities and research institutes, public authorities, international organisations.
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