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Call: Strengthening the role of social partners in mitigating the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 crisis

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Programme
Acronym EaSI
Type of Fund Action programme
Description of programme
"EaSI - Programme for Employment and Social Innovation"

The Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme is a financing instrument at EU level to promote a high level of quality and sustainable employment, guaranteeing adequate and decent social protection, combating social exclusion and poverty and improving working conditions.

Objectives:

  • Strengthen ownership of EU objectives and coordination of action at EU and national level in the areas of employment, social affairs and inclusion
  • Support the development of adequate social protection systems and labour market policies
  • Modernise EU legislation and ensure its effective application
  • Promote geographical mobility and boost employment opportunities by developing an open labour market
  • Increase the availability and accessibility of microfinance for vulnerable groups and micro-enterprises, and increase access to finance for social enterprises
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Description of programme
"PROGRESS"

The PROGRESS axis of EaSI helps the EU and its countries to improve policies in three thematic sections:

  • employment, in particular to fight youth unemployment
  • social protection, social inclusion and the reduction and prevention of poverty
  • working conditions
Call
Strengthening the role of social partners in mitigating the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 crisis
Description of call
"Strengthening the role of social partners in mitigating the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 crisis"
The call aims at supporting exchanges and dissemination of good practices, innovative approaches and experience, and mutual learning at European level in order to sustain social dialogue activities in the context of the COVID-19 crisis and help national social partners to continue playing their important role in developing and implementing joint responses or contributing to national efforts to protect jobs and support economic recovery strategies. 
The types of activities which may be funded under this call for proposals include:
- promoting and participating in national bi-partite and tripartite social dialogue and collective bargaining to protect jobs and support the economic recovery;
- to fulfilling their role in European social dialogue around the COVID-19 crisis at the cross-industry and sectoral levels in its different dimensions of information exchange, consultation, negotiation and joint action, in particular in the context of the Commission’s priorities and the European Pillar of Social Rights;
- keeping awareness of European social dialogue and improved capacity to participate in it, including in the context of increasing involvement of social partners in the European Semester process and the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility;
- undertaking relevant analytical or training activities;
- continuing the preparation, monitoring, follow-up and/or implementation of joint texts agreed at the cross-industry and sectoral levels. 

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Thematic Focus Capacity Building, Cooperation Networks, Institutional Cooperation, Employment & Labour Market
Funding area EU Member States
Albania / Shqipëria
Iceland / Ísland
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
North Macedonia / Северна Македонија
Norway / Norge
Serbia / Сpбија
Turkey / Türkiye
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Albania / Shqipëria
Iceland / Ísland
Montenegro / Crna Gora/Црна Гора
North Macedonia / Северна Македонија
Norway / Norge
Serbia / Сpбија
Turkey / Türkiye
Eligible applicants Lobby Group / Professional Association / Trade Union, Public Services, Association, NGO / NPO
Applicant details To be eligible, lead applicants and co-applicants must be social partner organisations at European level (in application of Article 197 2. (c)) of the Financial regulation.
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details
The grants shall be awarded to a consortium of a lead applicant and one or more coapplicants.
  • The lead applicant must be a cross-industry social partner organisation at European level;
  • The lead applicant can represent workers or employers. 
Further info The project's duration should indicatively be between between 12 and 24 months
Type of Funding Grants
Financial details Total call budget: 5 million €
Budget per Project: between 1 million € and 5 million €
Co-financing rate: max. 95%
Submission Online via SWIM and via Post
Contact Details https://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=2&langId=en&acronym=contact

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