At the beginning of February 2021, Andrea
Nahles, the former German Federal Minister for Labour and Social Affairs,
presented her report on "Strengthening social dialogue in the EU".
From July 2020, Ms Nahles has been serving as the special advisor to Nicolas
Schmit, the EU Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, on the issue of
strengthening social dialogue in Europe and the role of the social partners.
The report identifies problems in the
European dialogues between the social partners and makes recommendations for
action based on them.
The proposals are structured around three topics:
- strengthening the profile of social
dialogue in the EU and raising awareness of its importance; e.g. by creating a
new award for innovative social dialogue and a programme for young leaders
- improving the European social dialogue
structures and processes by reviewing the functioning of the Tripartite Social
Summit or promoting national collective agreement registers
- supporting capacity development of
national social partners, especially through targeted financial support for the
national social partners, improving “best practice” exchanges through a new
digital platform and broadening the dialogue to include future-oriented issues.
You can call up the full report from here.
The action recommendations are to be
incorporated into the action plan for implementing the European Pillar of
Social Rights, which, along with other major topics, will be the focus of the
EU Social Summit, organised by the Portuguese Council Presidency that will be
held in Porto on the 7th May 2021.