February 19, 2021

Strengthening the role of social partners in mitigating the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 crisis


Main purpose: Support national social-partner-organisations to contribute to addressing the overarching EU employment and social policy challenges, as for instance related to: Social Europe, Just Transition, Green Deal, Digital Strategy, European Skills Agenda, European Pillar of Social Rights, etc. Particularly social partner organisations that are most affected by the COVID-19 crisis are targeted. The call intends to support sharing good practices at European level based on the work of the national social partners. Cooperation between EU-level cross-industry and national social partners is paramount.

Programme:European Programme for Employment and Social Innovation "EaSI" 2014-2020

Institution: European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion.

Deadline: 26/04/2021

Budget: 5,000,000 EUR

Financing type: Grant (MAX 95 % of the total eligible costs of the action)

Who is eligible:

a) “social partner organisation” is either an organisation representing workers – often also referred to as "trade union" – or an organisation representing employers. They engage in some form of "social dialogue", discussing and often negotiating such issues as wages, working conditions, training, etc..

b) European-level social partner organisations (or “European-level social partners”): either organisations that are consulted in accordance with Article 154 TFEU (an up-to-date list can be found here) or other European social partner organisations fulfilling the definition of social partner organisations representing workers (also referred to as trade union) or employers at regional, national or European level that are engaged in "social dialogue" i.e. the discussion and negotiation of wages, working conditions, training, etc. that are not included in this list, but which: (1) demonstrate that they represent several national social partners (fulfilling as well the definition above); (2) have a mandate of these organisations to engage in social dialogue at European level on their behalf; and (3) are involved in the preparation and functioning of European social dialogue at sector level.

All enquiries must be made by e-mail only to: empl-vp-2020-012@ec.europa.eu

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