Bulgaria, Cyprus, Hungary, Lithuania, Malta and Romania – in the framework of the project “Social services in European cross-industry Social dialogue: towards a strong and deeper involvement”. The project aims at strengthening the involvement of social services in the European cross-industry social dialogue, both at bilateral level and with regard to the tripartite dialogue with the European Commission and other EU institutions. Building on the previous CEEP project on Social Services of General Interest (SSGIs) as well as on the mapping of public services study, social services for the purpose of this project are defined as services with a distinct social objective. By delivering essential services, they are crucial for the well-being of citizens, and highly contribute to the social and territorial cohesion of the EU. Their main aim is to achieve wider social, environmental or community objectives. As an operational definition, the sectoral boundaries are defined on the basis of the NACE 2007 classification, encompassing 11 sub-sectors (such as hospital activities, residential nursing care activities, other education n.e.c., etc.).

One major objective of the study that is conducted by our external expert Eckhard Voss (Wilke Maack GmbH) and his team of national partners is to provide an overview of the public as well as private provision of social services in the six countries, including organisations at national, regional and local level that either directly provide these services or represent social services’ providers.

So far, the report gathers some information on the structure and operation of social services in the 6 targeted countries, defining the provision, regulation and funding of social services. Also, an initial overview of the key challenges faced by social services’ providers is given, with a common trend of financial shortages and low wages highlighted in general.

Social dialogue structures are roughly described at this stage, with consultations happening at different levels and employers’ organisations usually less densely represented that unions. Recent relevant country-specific developments are detailed in the report, but more information needs to be collected at this stage, especially regarding the datasheets collection that Wilke Maack is drafting to present the outline of employer organisations related to social services and organisations/institutions that do not have a formal status of social partner but are relevant for social services.

Therefore, we would be glad to hear from you, to further enrich the study and provide our members with an overall overview on the involvement in social dialogue and collective bargaining of the existing organisations in the 6 Countries targeted. Should you wish to contribute to the study or receive more information on the advancement of the project, you are invited to contact CEEP Project Officer Carlotta Astori.

Also, please note that the preliminary draft study will be presented and discussed in a first Round Table Meeting to be held in Brussels on 16 October 2018, with the support of UNISOC.

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