Dear Commissioner Schmit,
European Union : harnessing its full potential for managing fair transitions published by the
European Commission on 25 January 2023. If we appreciate the fact that it does take into account
some of our concerns expressed during the many hearings and consultations organised by your
services throughout 2022, it does not propose any solution as regards the future organisation and
financing of Sectoral Social Dialogue Committees (SSDCs).
it is also stressing that it has never been so crucial in shaping and delivering fair transitions and crisis
management. We therefore expect the Commission to maintain both its logistical and financial
support for sectoral social dialogue committees and to enhance its political support.
Sectoral Social Dialogue Committees, notably the idea of multi-annual “project based” financing,
which could endanger both the autonomy of the social partners and their capacity to come up with
meaningful outcomes. The lack of security and predictability of financing could also threaten the
existence of some SSDCs.
reiterate their views on the future of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue, and more specifically
as regards the modalities of the social dialogue committee meetings.
operates, we strongly urge the Commission to come up with new proposals that fully respect social
partners’ autonomy and avoid a severe devaluation of European sectoral social dialogue.
This implies that any proposal should avoid project-based financing as :
• It represents, especially for the smallest organisations, a huge administrative burden, and in
the long-run the end of social dialogue. Our social dialogue should focus on the content and
not on organisational matters.
• It represents an extremely rigid and uncertain framework (there is only one call for
submission per year and it takes six to seven months at least before knowing whether a
project has been approved or not), which does not allow the social partners to adapt their
initiatives to a fast changing environment and to define an efficient planning of their work
• It could imply an allocation of funds based on the foreseen outcome of the social dialogue
leading to less autonomy of the social partners.
subject to the same re-organisation. As social partners, it is reminded that we are deemed experts
in our respective sectors. We would therefore find it extremely difficult to understand if a
differentiated treatment would apply to these expert groups.
Commission has said that it will keep the responsibility for the logistics and funding of negotiation
meetings; we would like the Commission to confirm this.
that the necessary financial and political support is made available to the sectoral social partners
without increasing the burden on them.
For the European employers’ organisations
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European Social Affairs
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