Industrial relations

Involvement of national social partners in policymaking – 2019

Report
Published
9 June 2020
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Executive summary in 22 languages
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Principais conclusões

  • 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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Resumo

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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  • Relatório

    Número de páginas: 
    64
    N.º de referência: 
    EF19017
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-2067-0
    N.º do catálogo: 
    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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    Cite esta publicação: 

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

  • Executive summary

    N.º de referência: 
    EF19017EN1
    Catalogue info

    Participação dos parceiros sociais nacionais na definição de políticas – 2019

    Autor(es): 
    Eurofound

    O presente relatório analisa a qualidade da participação dos parceiros sociais nacionais na conceção e execução de reformas e políticas no contexto do Semestre Europeu 2018-2019 e na elaboração dos Programas Nacionais de Reforma.

    Tal como anteriormente referido pela Eurofound, existe uma correspondência positiva entre a força do diálogo social nacional e o nível de participação dos parceiros sociais na definição de políticas. É também possível observar uma correlação positiva entre o bom funcionamento do diálogo social nacional e a participação dos parceiros sociais no Semestre Europeu. Em alguns casos, ambos os processos estão quase totalmente alinhados e inserem-se numa prática continuada de política social.

    Com base em exemplos de reformas e iniciativas políticas discutidas e implementadas desde 2018, podemos traçar um quadro estável e relativamente eficaz na maioria dos países. No entanto, em vários países, os parceiros sociais continuam insatisfeitos com o facto de os seus pontos de vista não serem verdadeiramente influentes quando chega o momento de tomar decisões políticas, embora esta perceção de serem ouvidos, mas não atendidos, varie entre os diferentes países e partes interessadas.

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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

A investigação realizada antes da saída do Reino Unido da União Europeia, em 31 de janeiro de 2020, e posteriormente publicada, pode incluir dados relativos aos 28 Estados-Membros da UE. Após esta data, a investigação apenas tem em conta os 27 Estados-Membros da UE (UE28 menos o Reino Unido), salvo especificação em contrário.

O presente relatório apresenta os resultados da investigação realizada antes do surto da COVID-19 na Europa em fevereiro de 2020, pelo que este não é tido em conta nos resultados.

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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