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 endeavors 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 channeled 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.

Component 2 focuses on the improvement of social dialogue at the local level, by improving the structure and functioning of the local Economic and Social Councils (LESCs), with prospects of reviving the ones that are not functioning.

Calls for expression of interest within Component 1 and Component 2:

Enhanced participation of the ESCs in shaping the economic and social agenda at the national and local levels

The present calls for expression of interest aim at prospecting consultants and/or consulting companies with economic, legal and industrial relations background, who will be interested in undertaking the tasks explained. The activities will be coordinated by Ms Cristina Mihes, Senior Specialist in Social Dialogue and Labour Law of the Budapest ILO office.

Details on the calls on the following link: Activity 1.1.1 1.4.2 2.1.4 – Call for Expression of Interest_EN