On 30 November, the Social Employers members gathered to hold the last Governance meetings of the year, to adopt the annual budget and workplan for 2022 and to discuss the membership and policy updates.
The General Assembly welcomed the Network of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (“The Net”) from Greece as an associate member. The organisation’s objective is to represent all non-profit providers in social services towards the Greek government and the EU institutions.
On this occasion, the General Assembly adopted the workplan for 2022, highlighting the main activities and priorities. The Social Employers will continue their social dialogue capacity building work through the FORESEE project and other future initiatives. One of the key objectives of 2022 is, of course, to see the European sectoral social dialogue committee for social services officially launched. The application, jointly submitted with EPSU, will be examined as part of the Commission’s review of the EU sectoral social dialogue process, scheduled for 2022.
In addition, the Social Employers plan to continue contributing to the different EC initiatives and represent the social employers’ interests. In this regard, the General Assembly adopted the Social Employers and EPSU draft joint position paper on a European Care Strategy. The joint position paper, dedicated to social services workforce needs and challenges in order to implement the care strategy, will soon be released in different languages.
The Social Employers will also continue developing its communication and the different projects to address key topics for the social services sector, such as: attractiveness, Covid-19 consequences, access to EU funds, inclusion of foreign workers and capacity building for social dialogue.