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Capacity building for effective national social dialogue

December 16, 2021

Capacity building for effective national social dialogue

In the context of the preparation of a social dialogue initiative by the European Commission, Eurofound’s updated working paper explores how to further support capacity building for effective national social dialogue following the latest Eurofound publication on the topic (2020).


The report analyses national and sectoral approaches to capacity building for social dialogue in each of the 13 Member States in which Eurofound identifies the most urgent capacity needs (BG, CZ, EE, EL, ES, HR, HU, LT, LV, PL, RO, SI, SK).

The main objectives of this research are to identify capacity needs to be addressed, identify examples of good practice, and assess whether new/different needs have emerged in the context of the current megatrends (climate change, digitalisation/automation) and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report identifies an enabling legal framework and support by the state and public authorities as essential prerequisites for an effective social dialogue, while the autonomy of social partners ranks third. It is likely that these topics will be part of the foreseen Council’s recommendation that will be part of the social dialogue initiative and should be followed up via the European Semester process and its annual Country Specific Recommendations in spring.

Regarding good practices, most of the activities on the employers’ side are clearly focussed on structural capacity initiatives and industrial relations processes, followed by skills projects and influencing the institutional framework.

Finally, the report highlights that the current trends and the COVID-19 pandemic had altered the needs of management and labour. However, the pandemic has not necessarily created new needs, but it has accelerated and intensified needs and challenges that had already existed.

Check your country analysis and recommendations in the entire report HERE.

Latest Eurofound report on capacity building for effective social dialogue in the EU HERE.

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