The project focuses on the creation of a European network representing employers in the social services sector (from the social economy). It ensures that social services employers become recognised social partners at European level and take part in the European Social Dialogue (ESD). Bringing this relevant workforce into ESD will strengthen European Social Dialogue as a whole and improve its coverage of the EU workforce. It is a European project funded by the European Commission’s Programme on Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue. The project lasts 24 months (15 November 2015 – 15 November 2017)

Main outcomes

  • 5 country studies on the state of play of social dialogue structures in the social services sector in the UK, Hungary, Romania, Portugal and the Slovak Republic
  • an updated European report, covering data from 22 Country Reports
  • 3 National action plans towards involvement of national employers’ platforms in ESD
  • a Joint Declaration on a political issue of importance to the sector
  • 3 National positions of adherence on the Joint Declaration
  • a Communication and Dissemination Plan, an Evaluation Plan, and Final Narrative and Financial Reporting to the European Commission
  • Final Conference