EU Sources - Capacity-building initiative for social partners - January 31, 2017

In the context of the relaunch of social dialogue announced in 2015, the European Commission set the target to foster the capacity-building among social partners in the EU states. In 2015, a guideline report was prepared by the EU cross-industry social partners to provide some orientation on how social partners can get involved at EU level. An article by Eurofound takes a closer look at the national-level initiatives aimed at strengthening social dialogue among social partners in five EU countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Latvia and Lithuania. In all five countries, the social dialogue structures are rather weak and trade union membership is declining. A lack of both physical and human resources has been identified as contributing to the difficulty of engaging in a meaningful social dialogue, hence the capacity-building approach. This approach has different strategies for different areas of activity, such as informing, organising and protecting their current and potential members.

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