Cluster seminar in Rome, 4-5 December 2017

This is the second of two seminars, with the second seminar focusing on a different set of countries, bringing together social partners representatives from Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Romania and Slovenia with representatives from the European Commission and the Managing Authority responsible for the Operational Programme in Italy (Countries invited but not present were AT and ES).

It is clear that in order to be able to develop their role as social partners and enhance social dialogue, some national social partner organisations need financial support. A better use of the European Social Fund is essential to support the existence of well-structured bipartite social dialogue at all appropriate levels in the EU Member States, especially at local and regional levels. It can also play an important role to achieve better implementation of social dialogue outcomes.

Discussions were structured around the level of involvement of social partners in the delivery and management of ESF activities, as well as the identification of how the ESF facilitates capacity building to support social dialogue. The seminar also enabled social partners, along with managing authorities, to identify future capacity building activities in the context of the ESF.