Industrial relations and social dialogue

Involvement of national social partners in policymaking – 2019

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9 Juin 2020
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Principales conclusions

  • National social dialogue frameworks can be categorised into three groups in their practices involving social partners in policymaking: countries with well-established social dialogue structures working efficiently; countries where social dialogue institutions exist and work but social partners are not fully satisfied with their involvement in policymaking; and countries where social partners do not feel like they are meaningfully involved in policymaking.
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  • National social dialogue frameworks can be categorised into three groups in their practices involving social partners in policymaking: countries with well-established social dialogue structures working efficiently; countries where social dialogue institutions exist and work but social partners are not fully satisfied with their involvement in policymaking; and countries where social partners do not feel like they are meaningfully involved in policymaking.
  • In 2019, social partners in most countries were consulted in policymaking to some extent. Consultations included reforms and policy initiatives within both the country-specific recommendations (CSRs) and the national agenda.
  • Most social partners were also involved in the elaboration of the National Reform Programmes (NRPs) in 2019. However, social partners, notably in Greece, Italy and Hungary, stressed that they were not involved at all or were critical of the quality of involvement.
  • Social partner involvement usually comprised formal consultation on an institutional basis or via bilateral contacts.
  • Most social partners considered the setting used for their involvement appropriate; however, one of the outstanding issues for some social partners is the lack of time allowed for consultation and exchange in the elaboration of the NRP.
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Résumé

This report investigates the quality of the national social partners’ involvement in designing and implementing reforms and policies in the context of the European Semester 2018–2019 and in the elaboration of the National Reform Programmes. As previously reported by Eurofound, there is a positiveRead more

This report investigates the quality of the national social partners’ involvement in designing and implementing reforms and policies in the context of the European Semester 2018–2019 and in the elaboration of the National Reform Programmes. As previously reported by Eurofound, there is a positive correlation between the strength of the national social dialogue and the involvement of the social partners in policymaking. A positive correlation is also visible between a well-functioning national social dialogue and the involvement of the social partners in the European Semester. In some cases, both processes are almost fully aligned as part of a continuum in social policy practice. Based on examples of reforms and policy initiatives discussed and implemented since 2018, the picture that emerges is one of stable and relatively effective performance in most countries. Nevertheless, social partners in several countries remain dissatisfied that their views are not truly influential in policymaking, although this perception – of being heard, but not listened to – varies across countries and stakeholders.

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  • Rapport

    Nombre de pages: 
    64
    Nº de référence: 
    EF19017
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-2067-0
    Nº de catalogue: 
    TJ-AY-20-001-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/296829
    Catalogue info

    Involvement of national social partners in policymaking – 2019

    This report investigates the quality of the national social partners’ involvement in designing and implementing reforms and policies in the context of the European Semester 2018–2019 and in the elaboration of the National Reform Programmes. As previously reported by Eurofound, there is a positive correlation between the strength of the national social dialogue and the involvement of the social partners in policymaking.

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    Citer cette publication: 

    Eurofound (2020), Involvement of national social partners in policymaking – 2019, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.

  • Executive summary

    Nº de référence: 
    EF19017EN1
    Catalogue info

    Participation des partenaires sociaux nationaux à l’élaboration des politiques - 2019

    Auteur(s): 
    Eurofound

    Ce rapport examine la qualité de la participation des partenaires sociaux nationaux à la conception et à la mise en œuvre des réformes et des politiques dans le contexte du Semestre européen 2018–2019 et à l’élaboration des programmes nationaux de réforme.

    Comme indiqué précédemment par Eurofound, il existe une corrélation positive entre la force du dialogue social national et la participation des partenaires sociaux à l’élaboration des politiques. Une corrélation positive est également visible entre un dialogue social national qui fonctionne bien et la participation des partenaires sociaux au Semestre européen. Dans certains cas, les deux processus sont presque entièrement alignés dans le cadre d’un continuum de pratiques de politique sociale.

    Sur la base d’exemples de réformes et d’initiatives stratégiques examinées et mises en œuvre depuis 2018, l’image qui se dégage est celle d’une performance stable et relativement efficace dans la plupart des pays. Néanmoins, les partenaires sociaux de plusieurs pays restent mécontents du fait que leurs points de vue n’ont pas réellement d’influence dans l’élaboration des politiques, bien que cette impression, d’être entendu sans être écouté, diffère selon les pays et les parties prenantes.

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  • Tables and graphs

    Tables

    • Table 1: Evolution of social partner involvement in social and labour policymaking, 2018–2019
    • Table 2: Reforms and policies with social partner involvement, by country, 2018 and 2019
    • Table 3: Reforms and policies with social partner involvement: Correspondence to CSRs
    • Table 4: Evolution of the quality of social partner involvement in reforms and policies adopted, 2018–2019
    • Table 5: Relevant reforms and policies related to the CSRs but not yet implemented, 2017, 2018 and 2019
    • Table 6: Overall assessment of the quality of the involvement in elaboration of the NRPs for 2019, setting and time allotted
    • Table 7: Degree of influence of the social partners’ views in the NRPs for 2019
    • Table 8: Assessment of extent to which social partners’ views are reflected in NRPs for 2019
    • Table 9: Social partners’ level of agreement with content of country reports for 2019
    • Table 10: Social partners’ level of agreement with content of CSRs for 2019

Il est possible que des recherches effectuées avant le retrait du Royaume-Uni de l’Union européenne le 31 janvier 2020 et publiées après cette date incluent des données relatives aux 28 États membres de l’UE. À compter de cette date, les recherches ne porteront, sauf indication contraire, que sur les 27 États membres de l’UE (UE-28 moins le Royaume-Uni)

Ce rapport présente les résultats des recherches menées avant l’apparition de la COVID-19 en Europe en février 2020. C’est pourquoi les résultats ne tiennent pas compte de l’épidémie.

Part of the series

  • National social partners and policymaking

    This series reports on and updates latest information on the involvement of national social partners in policymaking. The series analyses the involvement of national social partners in the implementation of policy reforms within the framework of social dialogue practices, including their involvement in elaborating the National Reform Programmes (NRPs).

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