Information and training measures for workers' organisations






Mar 08 2023


May 31 2023



This call aims at strengthening the capacity of workers' organisations to address, at EU/transnational level, challenges related to changes in employment and work and social dialogue.

Definitions used in the context of this call:

a) “Social partner organisation” is either an organisation representing workers – often also referred to as "trade union" – or an organisation representing employers. They engage in some form of "social dialogue", discussing and often negotiating such issues as wages, working conditions, training, etc.

b) European-level social partner organisations (or “European-level social partners”): either organisations that are consulted in accordance with Article 154 TFEU or other European social partner organisations fulfilling the definition of social partner organisations representing workers (also referred to as trade union) or employers at regional, national or European level that are engaged in "social dialogue" i.e. the discussion and negotiation of wages, working conditions, training, etc. that are not included in this list, but which: (1) demonstrate that they represent several national social partners (fulfilling as well the definition above); (2) have a mandate of these organisations to engage in social dialogue at European level on their behalf; and (3) are involved in the preparation and functioning of European social dialogue at sector level.


Actions that address the following themes will be particularly welcome:

  • modernisation of the labour market, job creation and youth employment, employment in SMEs;
  • new forms of work, including platform work;
  • quality of work, anticipation, preparation and management of change and restructuring;
  • digitalisation of the economy and society (including artifical intelligence);
  • transition to a climate-neutral economy;
  • skills development including re- and upskilling; skills intelligence;
  • intra-EU labour mobility, migration; youth employment, health and safety at work, modernisation of social protection systems;
  • reconciliation of work and family life, gender equality, action in the field of anti-discrimination, healthier and longer working lives, active inclusion and decent work,
  • tackling the employment, social and economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis and Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, and the particular role of workers’ organisations / social partners, in this respect.

Actions are also expected to contribute to the priorities and activities of European social dialogue, including those laid down in the work programmes of the EU cross-industry and sectoral social dialogue committees, as well as those that form part of the June 2016 Statement of the Presidency of the Council, the European Commission and the European social partners on "a new start for social dialogue". In that context, particular emphasis is put on strengthening collective bargaining, including on minimum wage, and the involvement of social partners in the European Semester and enhancing their contribution to EU policy making.

Measures which contribute to addressing the employment, social and economic challenges as identified in the European Pillar of Social Rights will also be particularly welcome.

Expected Impact:

Proposals are expected to contribute to strengthening the capacity of workers’ organisations to address, at EU/transnational level, challenges related to changes in employment and work and social dialogue. They should further contribute to the promotion of social dialogue at cross-industry and sectoral level in accordance with Article 154 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), and to the development of European social dialogue in its different dimensions of information exchange, consultation, negotiation and joint action. Their impact can also consist in a strengthened capacity of national social partners following the Covid crisis.

Expected results consist in improved expertise for workers' representatives for participation in European social dialogue, better understanding of issues discussed in European social dialogue, sharing of ideas/experience on European social dialogue as well as improving the capacity of workers' organisations.