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ARESME (2023-2025)

Project ARESME

Adapting national social partners’ capacities to pursue inclusive and responsive social dialogue following crisis situations in EU

ARESME is a 2 year international project, consisting of 6 partner organisations of which 5 are representatives of employers in micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and of self-employed in the craft and entrepreneurial (cross-industry) sector and one trade union organisation. Partners are holding status of a representative social partner.

The main goal of the project is to enhance social partner’s performance and negotiation position in cross-industry and sectoral social dialogue following crisis situations in EU. The aim is to incorporate learned pandemic experiences for a responsive social dialogue.

 ARESME unfolds two points – one is recommending updates of legal frameworks while protecting all parties included, and the other is empowering social partners to gain strength in bipartite and tripartite social dialogue.

The objectives of the project are:

  1. To stocktake the occurrence and status of various new forms of work in partners countries (platform work, telework, part-time work schemes) through risks that they bring in the field of labour law and occupational health and safety at work;
  2. To recognize, raise awareness and tackle problems related with adequate minimum wages and gender income equality and preparation of recommendations to promote collective bargaining in general on wage setting at national and EU level through a special contribution for the collective bargaining and implementation of collective agreements on national level;
  3. To build, strengthen and improve the capacity of project partners and to promote a modernised social dialogue thru preparation of recommendations from the social partner organisations in bipartite and tripartite social dialogue at national level.

The objectives will incorporate Digital and Green transition goals.

Expected overall outcomes are:

  1. intensified and modernised social dialogue at cross-industry and sectoral level,
  2. strengthened capacities of national social partners, and
  3. recommendations for social dialogue content in five European countries.

Project partners:

  1. ZDOPS – Association of Craft Employers and Entrepreneurs of Slovenia GIZ, Slovenia (lead)
  2. MCSMEs – Malta Chamber of SMEs
  3. PIMEC – Pimec Petita i Mitjana Empresa da Catalunya, Spain
  4. GSEVEE – Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen & Merchants
  5. CCP – Confederação do Comércio e Serviços de Portugal
  6. SOPS – Trade Union of Crafts and Small Business
  7. SMEunited – Association of Craft Employers and SMEs at the European level as associated partner.

Implementation: August 2023 – July 2025

This project is Co-Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or European Commission. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.