INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
The Economic and Social Council is the only tripartite social dialogue institution at national level, with a consultative role to the Government in the development and implementation of economic and social policies. The ESC has an advisory role, and issues opinions and recommendations to the Government on matters pertaining to economic development; labour market policies; wage and price policies in the field of labour and social insurance; social protection; healthcare; environment; fiscal policy; working conditions and occupational safety and health; education; culture; professional development, vocational training and other fields of economic and social interest of the employers and workers.
A number of progress reports by the European Commission indicate a need to further develop social dialogue among main stakeholders in the economy. In this direction, the International Labour Organization assists the country in its endeavours to advance the social dialogue as an essential element of the European Social Model, which promotes competitiveness, sharing of gains and enhancing economic prosperity and social well-being. This assistance is channelled through the project Strengthening Social Dialogue, funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Labour Organization.
The overall objective of the Strengthening Social Dialogue Project is to improve the social dialogue as a means to create more and better jobs. This will be achieved through institutional and legislative improvement along with activities aimed at strengthening the capacities of the tripartite actors to engage effectively in social dialogue. The project consists of three specific components, namely:
|Specific objective 1||Enhanced participation of the ESC in shaping the national economic and social reform agenda|
|Specific objective 2||Enhanced participation of local ESCs in formulation and implementation of local employment policies|
|Specific objective 3||Increased effectiveness of Trade Unions and Employers’ Organizations|
Component 1 aims at improving the functioning and visibility of the ESC through devising methods for increasing its influence and overcoming challenges in funding, opinion making and tracking the follow up to its recommendations/opinions/advice. The Action will facilitate national reflection on necessary changes to the current legal and institutional frameworks of the ESC and will assist the tripartite constituents in seeking customized solutions to current legal and practical bottlenecks.
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