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Call for Proposals VP/2013/001 Industrial relations and social dialogue

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Call for Proposals VP/2013/001  Industrial relations and social dialogue

 The deadline for the submission of applications is 20 June 2013 for actions commencing no earlier than 20 October 2013 and no later than 31 December 2013.


 Objectives of this call include 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, 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 exit 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.


On the basis of these objectives, two sub-programmes have been defined:

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


I. Support for European social dialogue

This first sub-programme is divided into eight categories of action:

  •  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 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 conferences and other initiatives to disseminate and evaluate the results of European social dialogue through European or national events, or through studies, paper or electronic publications (including the translation);
  • measures to improve the coordination, functioning and effectiveness of Europeansocial 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);
  •  measures by social partners which contribute to the employment and social dimensions of the Europe 2020 Strategy and actions to implement the European Employment Strategy (EES) and to monitor and analyse its impact on labour markets;
  •  measures to support the European social partners and social dialogue committees undertake and contribute to impact assessment of the employment and social dimensions of EU initiatives.
  • II. Improving expertise in the field of industrial relations  The aim of this sub-programme is to improve expertise in industrial relations (especially in European and comparative terms), to promote the exchange of information and experience among parties actively involved in industrial relations (companies, workers public authorities and research centres) and to promote the development of industrial relations in Europe.

The following actions may be co-financed:

  •  general seminars or conferences on industrial relations, including preparatory studies, the organisation of round tables, exchanges of experience and networks of key actors and/or experts;
  •  initiatives to further the collection and use of information on national industrial relations systems and on developments at European level;
  •  initiatives to promote knowledge on effective industrial relations practices, including successful forms of worker participation, particularly in regard to the anticipation, preparation and management of change;
  •  initiatives contributing to the preparation or use (presentation, discussions and dissemination) of the European Commission’s Industrial Relations in Europe report


 Budget and co- financing rate

 The foreseen budgetary allocation to this call is EUR 13 975 000.

Under this call for proposals, the European Commission may decide to finance up to 80% of the total eligible cost of the action. Contributions in kind will not be taken into account.

For illustrative purposes, the average size of a grant awarded in 2012 was in the range of EUR 177 000.

Experience has demonstrated that projects, which include preparatory, follow-up and dissemination activities within the same grant application, tend to contribute most effectively to achieving the objectives of the call for proposals.

The Commission will organise a networking day in Brussels for beneficiaries under the 2013 call (date to be confirmed). Applicants must therefore ensure that the travel, daily subsistence allowances and accommodation costs for up to 2 persons – the Project Manager and possibly the Financial Manager – to attend this meeting in Brussels are included in their proposed project budget. If the applicant fails to do this, the Commission will not be able to fund the beneficiary’s participation in the networking day.

 Who may apply

1. Social partners:

  • European social partner organisations currently consulted in accordance with Article 154 TFEU
  • 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
  • National or regional social partner organisations, as long as the project is part of a European approach

2. Organisations linked to industrial

  • Non-profit-making organisations/research centres/institutes, universities
  • Non-profit-making networks7 of companies or of workers’ organisations

3. 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 relations


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