Industrial relations and social dialogue

Involvement of national social partners in policymaking – 2019

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9 juni 2020
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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.
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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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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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  • Verslag

    Aantal bladzijden: 
    64
    Nummer: 
    EF19017
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-2067-0
    Catalogusnummer: 
    TJ-AY-20-001-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/296829
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    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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    Eurofound (2020), Involvement of national social partners in policymaking – 2019, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.

  • Executive summary

    Nummer: 
    EF19017EN1
    Catalogue info

    Betrokkenheid van nationale sociale partners bij beleidsvorming – 2019

    Auteur(s): 
    Eurofound

    In dit verslag wordt de kwaliteit van de deelname van de nationale sociale partners bij het ontwerpen en uitvoeren van hervormingen en beleidsmaatregelen in het kader van het Europees Semester 2018-2019 en bij de uitwerking van de nationale hervormingsprogramma’s beoordeeld.

    Zoals eerder door Eurofound gemeld, bestaat er een positief verband tussen de soliditeit van de nationale sociale dialoog en de deelname van de sociale partners bij de beleidsvorming. Er is ook een positief verband zichtbaar tussen een goed functionerende nationale sociale dialoog en de deelname van de sociale partners in het kader van het Europees Semester. In sommige gevallen zijn beide processen bijna volledig op elkaar afgestemd in het kader van een doorlopende uitvoering van sociaal beleid.

    Uit voorbeelden van hervormingen en beleidsinitiatieven die sinds 2018 zijn besproken en uitgevoerd komt een beeld naar voren van stabiele en relatief doeltreffende deelname in de meeste landen. Desondanks zijn de sociale partners in verschillende landen nog ontevreden in de zin dat hun standpunten geen daadwerkelijke invloed op de beleidsvorming hebben, hoewel deze indruk van sociale partners dat zij wel worden gehoord maar dat er niet naar hen wordt geluisterd verschilt per land en per belanghebbende.

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    • 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

Onderzoek dat is uitgevoerd vóór de terugtrekking van het VK uit de Europese Unie op 31 januari 2020 en dat vervolgens is gepubliceerd, kan gegevens over de 28 EU-lidstaten bevatten. Na deze datum wordt bij onderzoek alleen rekening gehouden met de 27 EU-lidstaten (EU28 minus het VK), tenzij anders vermeld.

In dit verslag worden de resultaten gepresenteerd van onderzoek dat vóór de uitbraak van COVID-19 in Europa in februari 2020 is uitgevoerd. Daarom wordt bij de resultaten geen rekening gehouden met de uitbraak.

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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