Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue

Grant Sources

Funding for measures to promote social dialogue at cross-industry and sectoral level such as consultations, meetings, negotiations, etc and in the industrial relations field to develop expertise and information exchange on a European basis.

Objectives of Fund

Grants under this budget heading are intended to promote social dialogue at cross-industry and sectoral level, and are used to finance consultations, meetings, negotiations and other actions designed to achieve these objectives.

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 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).

There are separate Calls for Proposals for:

  • Support for European social dialogue.
  • Improving expertise in the field of industrial relations.

Value Notes

2017 Budgets:

  • Social Dialogue – €9.3 million.
  • Improving Expertise in the Field of Industrial Relations: €4.15 million.

Match Funding Restrictions

Financing of up to 80% of the total eligible cost of the action is available, or up to 90% (95% in specific cases) of the total cost of social dialogue actions. Match funding of up to 20% of project costs is therefore required. This must come from the applicant organisation.  Contributions in kind are not accepted.

Who Can Apply

To be eligible, applicants must be properly constituted and registered legal persons.  In application of Article 114 of the Financial Regulation, social partner organisations without legal personality are also eligible, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf and assume financial liability.

Applicants should fall within one of the following categories:

Social Partners

  • European social partner organisations currently consulted in accordance with Article 154 TFEU (ex Art. 138 TEC).
  • European-level social partner organisations not covered in above, for example those involved in the preparation and launch of European social dialogue at sectoral level.
  • 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 and institutes, universities.
  • Non-profit-making networks of companies or of workers’ organisations.

Public Authorities

  • Public authorities, including related associations and government services or agencies.

International Organisations

  • International organisations (such as UN Agencies) active in the fields of social dialogue, industrial relations and/or restructuring.  Organisations’ registered office should be in one of the EU Member States.

Restrictions

The following expenses are ineligible and, therefore, not accepted:

  • Contributions in kind: these are contributions that are not invoiced, such as voluntary work, equipment or premises made available free of charge.
  • Return on capital.
  • Debt and debt service charges.
  • Doubtful debts.
  • Provisions for losses or potential future liabilities.
  • Interest owed.
  • Exchange losses.
  • VAT, unless the beneficiary can show that he/she is unable to recover it according to the applicable national legislation.
  • Excessive or reckless expenditure.
  • Costs declared by the beneficiary and covered by another action or work programme receiving an EU grant.

Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) wishing to undertake measures in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) should apply to the PROGRESS programme.

Eligible Expenditure

Separate Calls for Proposals are made for measures around social dialogue and industrial relations.

Social Dialogue

Funding is used to develop European social dialogue including information exchange, consultation, negotiation and joint action.

In particular, support is available for measures and initiatives related to the adaptation of social dialogue to changes in employment and work and 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.
  • 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.
  • Decent work.

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 priority. 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, are also particularly welcome.

Targeted measures

Targeted measures include the following:

  • 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.
  • To implement the European social partners’ work programmes (such as the organisation of round tables, exchanges of experience and networks of key actors).
  • To monitor and follow up European social dialogue activities and outcomes, such as conferences and other initiatives to disseminate and evaluate the results of European social dialogue through European or national events, or through studies and (paper or electronic) publications (including the translation).
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Measures by social partners which contribute to the employment and social dimensions of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the monitoring and analysis of its impact on labour markets.
  • To support the European social partners and social dialogue committees to undertake and contribute to impact assessment of the employment and social dimensions of EU initiatives.

Industrial Relations

Measures are aimed 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.

In particular, support is available for measures and initiatives related to the adaptation of industrial relations systems to changes in employment and work and related challenges, such as:

  • The employment and social dimensions of EU priorities in the context of the recovery from the crisis (taking into account increasing inequalities within and between Member States).
  • The 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.
  • Decent work.

How To Apply

Useful information:

Applications are made via an online portal – SWIM. Documents relating to the Call for Proposals can be found on the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion website.

Other grant opportunities ending soon can be found by clicking on the names of the funders below:-

Rosa Launches Voices from the Front Line Grants Scheme – ending 15th June 2017

LIFE Programme – Call for Framework Partnership Agreements (FPA) – ending 15th June 2017

M&S Energy – Community Energy Fund Competition Open to Applications (GB) – ending 23rd June 2017

Greggs Foundation – Local Community Projects Fund – ending 24th June 2017

Ministry of Defence – Covenant Fund Small Grants – ending 26th June 2017

EaSI Progress Programme – ending 30th June 2017

 

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