Industrial relations and social dialogue

Involvement of social partners in the national recovery and resilience plans

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30 Март 2022
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  • The social partners were involved in the preparation of the 2021 national Recovery and Resilience Plans (RRPs) through a greater variety of settings and procedures than in previous European Semester cycles. However, the quality and intensity of the involvement was reported as uneven and rather weak in a relatively high number of countries.
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  • The social partners were involved in the preparation of the 2021 national Recovery and Resilience Plans (RRPs) through a greater variety of settings and procedures than in previous European Semester cycles. However, the quality and intensity of the involvement was reported as uneven and rather weak in a relatively high number of countries.
  • The most common issue reported by social partners in the preparation of the RRPs was insufficient time for consultation, as well as the lack of adequate feedback regarding their contributions to the plans. Although the Recovery and Resilience Facility Regulation requires Member States to include in the plans a summary of the consultation process with social partners and other relevant stakeholders, most RRPs only describe this process briefly and do not explicitly report on the social partners’ views or mention which views have been taken on board.
  • The 2022 European Semester cycle is an important opportunity to implement the policy reforms and investments to which Member States have committed in their national RRPs. Both employer organisations and trade unions are willing to engage in consultation processes that will help to implement the policy measures and reforms set out in the plans.
  • This engagement is even more critical in the context of the war in Ukraine and the expected decline in growth and rising inflation which is set to further complicate the EU’s recovery from the pandemic.
  • EU social partners’ involvement in the implementation of the RRPs increases the effectiveness of the structural reforms required to achieve fair and inclusive sustainable economic growth and to ensure social resilience in dealing with the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II. Their commitment is also crucial to implementing the EU’s twin transition goals, while supporting the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan.
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This report examines the quality of the national social partners’ involvement in designing and implementing reforms and policies in the context of the European Semester cycle and in the preparation of the national reform programmes. Within the framework of NextGenerationEU, Member States in 2021 Read more

This report examines the quality of the national social partners’ involvement in designing and implementing reforms and policies in the context of the European Semester cycle and in the preparation of the national reform programmes. Within the framework of NextGenerationEU, Member States in 2021 prepared and submitted recovery and resilience plans (RRPs) aimed at making European economies and societies more sustainable and resilient, as well as better prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the green and digital transitions. Social partners reported that, despite their obligatory involvement in the preparation and implementation of the RRPs, the consultation process could have been better planned and organised, as the quality and intensity of involvement in a number of countries were quite low. This situation could be improved by ensuring more timely and meaningful involvement of social partners in the implementation of the RRPs. This would not only boost ownership in the process but also enhance the effectiveness of the policy actions and reforms envisaged.

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  • Report

    Number of pages: 
    48
    Reference no.: 
    EF21002
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-2253-7
    Catalogue no.: 
    TJ-08-22-075-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/25099
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    Involvement of social partners in the national recovery and resilience plans

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    Eurofound (2022), Involvement of social partners in the national recovery and resilience plans, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.

  • Executive summary

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    EF21002EN1
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    Involvement of social partners in the national recovery and resilience plans

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    Eurofound

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    The report contains the following lists of tables and figures.

    List of tables

    • Table 1: Institutional settings for involving social partners in the creation of RRPs and NRPs
    • Table 2: Procedures for developing RRPs and NRPs in 2021
    • Table 3: Time frame for involvement in the RRP
    • Table 4: Number of meetings reported to be held during the process of involvement
    • Table 5: Time allotted for consultation
    • Table 6: Table 6: Opportunity to contribute to the RRP and NRP and receive feedback
    • Table 7: Social partners’ views explicitly summarised in the RRPs
    • Table 8: Social partners’ influence on the development of the RRP

    List of figures

    • Figure 1: Proportion of total measures addressed by each policy dimension, %
    • Figure 2: Methods of involvement in digital transition and productivity policy measures, %
    • Figure 3: Satisfaction with the outcomes of involvement in digital transition and productivity policy measures, %
    • Figure 4: Methods of involvement in fairness policy measures, %
    • Figure 5: Satisfaction with the outcomes of involvement in fairness policy measures, %
    • Figure 6: Methods of involvement in sustainability policy measures, %
    • Figure 7: Satisfaction with the outcomes of involvement in sustainability policy measures, %
    • Figure 8: Forms of involvement of social partners in the design of policy measures to cushion the socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, %

Research carried out prior to the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union on 31 January 2020, and published subsequently, may include data relating to the 28 EU Member States. Following this date, research only takes into account the 27 EU Member States (EU28 minus the UK), unless specified otherwise.

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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