Industrial relations and social dialogue: Support for social dialogue
In line with the remarks in the budget of the European Union, budget heading 04 03 01 05 is intended to cover grants for information and training measures for workers' organisations in accordance with Article 154 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The measures should help workers' organisations to contribute to addressing the overarching EU employment and social policy challenges as laid down in particular in:
- the Europe 2020 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 Communications Towards a job-rich recovery (COM(2012)173), Moving Youth into Employment (COM(2012)727) and Towards Social Investment for Growth and Cohesion – including implementing the European Social Fund 2014-2020 (COM(2013)83);
- the Commission Communication Strengthening the social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union (COM(2013)690).
Objectives of this call include measures and initiatives to strengthen the capacity of workers' organisations to address, at EU/transnational level, changes in employment, work and social dialogue related challenges,such as modernisation of the labour market, quality of work, anticipation, preparation and management of change and restructuring, the greening of the economy, flexicurity, skills, mobility and migration, youth employment, health and safety at work, 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. Measures which contribute to addressing the employment and social dimensions of EU priorities relating to the recovery from the crisis, taking into account increasing inequalities within and between Member States, and to reaching the objectives and targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy and its flagship initiatives, will be particularly welcome. The deadlines for the submission of applications are as follows:
- 2 May 2014 – indicative amount foreseen depending on the quality of proposals submitted: EUR 4 000 000;
- 25 August 2014 – indicative amount foreseen depending on the quality of proposals submitted: EUR 4 500 000.
The foreseen budgetary allocation to this call is EUR 8 500 000. The European Commission reserves the right not to disburse the total available funds.
To be eligible, applicants must:
- Be properly constituted and registered legal persons. In application of Article 131 of the Financial Regulation, social partner organisations without legal personality are also eligible provided that the conditions of the Financial Regulation related theret oare met;
- Fall within one of the following categories:
- Social partners (i) European social partner organisations currently consulted in accordance with Article 154 TFEU7
(ii) European-level social partner organisations not covered in (i) above, for example those involved in the preparation and launch of European social dialogue at sectoral level
(iii) National or regional social partner organisations, as long as the project is part of a European approach
- Organisations linked to industrial relations
- Non-profit-making organisations, research centres/institutes, universities
- Non-profit-making networks of companies or of workers' organisations
- Public authorities Public authorities, including related associations and government services or agencies
- 4 International organisations International organisations (such as UN Agencies) active in the fields of social dialogue and/or industrial relations9
The lead applicant must have its registered office in one of the EU Member States10; Co-applicants must have their registered office in one of the EU Member States or the Candidate Countries.
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