Enhancing Stakeholder Participation in Social Dialogue
Between May 2018 and March 2020, MEUSAC implemented an EU-funded project to strengthen social dialogue in Malta.
The project mainy consisted of a stakeholder analysis, capacity-building for MEUSAC staff and stakeholders, as well as an awareness-raising campaign on the importance of social dialogue.
The project was implemented through an allocation of €123,000, partly-financed by the European Social Fund, Operational Programme II, Priority Axis 4 – Building the institutional administrative capacity.
The aims of the project were to:
• identify the most effective engagement methodologies in order to provide a service which meets the needs of stakeholders;
• invest in Government’s services by providing the necessary skills to the MEUSAC team on how stakeholder capacity may be enhanced;
• enhance the capacity of stakeholders through training and increased awareness on the processes, tools and opportunities for increased stakeholder participation.
Click here for a summary of the project results.
The project ‘ENGAGE’ consisted of 3 work packages:
Stakeholder Engagement Analysis
– To identify the most effective engagement methodologies and thus provide a service which meets the needs of stakeholders –
The stakeholder engagement analysis, carried out in 2018, consisted of an analysis of what tools and which methodologies need to be adopted to ensure that MEUSAC’s services are in line with the needs of stakeholders so that they can be equipped with the necessary socio-economic technical expertise to engage in social dialogue in Malta.
Ensuring that the support and services provided to stakeholders is effective and in line with stakeholders’ needs will contribute directly to the sustainability of civil and social dialogue and also for the support and services provided to be an effective tool to promote social dialogue in Malta.
The analysis looked into the type of services offered, which services might need to be improved or introduced to ensure that Government itself can play an active role in facilitating stakeholder engagement in Malta.
Strengthening Engagement Capacities
– To invest in Government’s services by providing the necessary skills to MEUSAC staff on how the capacity of stakeholders may be enhanced –
The second phase of the project was held in the beginning of 2019 and consisted of training sessions for MEUSAC employees on providing the necessary assistance and support to stakeholders to participate more actively in the EU decision-making process.
Having staff trained on how to communicate more effectively, on how to engage stakeholders as well as on how to assist social partners and civil society organisations to tap EU funding opportunities will result in an improvement in delivering the commitments undertaken by the Government in these areas.
Capacity Building for increased/improved stakeholder participation
– To enhance the capacity of stakeholders through training and increased awareness on the processes, tools and opportunities to increase stakeholder participation in social dialogue –
During the third phase of the project, held between December 2019 and March 2020, some 50 non-governmental organisations and social partners benefited from capacity-building and mentoring sessions on how to participate actively in national and European fora.
In December 2019, training sessions were offered to stakeholders involved in the areas of education, employment and social policy to enhance their skills in the following areas:
a) stakeholder engagement and participation in decision-making processes;
b) more effective use of communication tools;
c) access to EU funding opportunities.
Following these sessions, MEUSAC executives organised individual mentoring sessions, tailored to the needs of organisations, in order to improve their services.
The project concluded with a half day seminar, on 10 March 2020, during which stakeholders participated in workshops to discuss different aspects related to the future of social dialogue in Malta.
Seminar: ENGAGE – enhancing stakeholder participation in social dialogueMarch 10, 2020
The Hub - PwC Malta, Qormi
ENGAGE: Mentoring sessions with individual organisationsFebruary 11, 2020
MEUSAC Offices, Valletta
ENGAGE: Training Opportunity for NGOsDecember 16, 2019
PwC Hub Academy / Hotel Ta' Ċenċ
MEUSAC Study Visit in BrusselsDecember 3, 2018
MEUSAC Core Group MeetingMay 25, 2018
EU Future Finances 2021-2027
Mentoring sessions underwayFebruary 12, 2020
The sessions are part of the third phase of implementation of the ESF-funded project Engage
Capacity building for NGOs, trade unions and employer associationsAugust 12, 2019
Caters for those operating within employment, social policy, education and training sectors
Opportunità ta’ taħriġ mill-MEUSAC għall-NGOsJuly 22, 2019
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ENGAGE – Proġett tal-MEUSAC finanzjat mill-Fond Soċjali EwropewJune 12, 2019
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Refining and expanding our skillsApril 16, 2019
MEUSAC’s workforce trained as part of ESF project ‘Engage’
MEUSAC investing in itself to invest in European citizensDecember 24, 2018
MEUSAC’s primary objective is to bring the European Union closer to its citizens
MEUSAC undertaking stakeholder evaluationOctober 2, 2018
The project ‘ENGAGE' is ultimately aimed at improving the quality of social dialogue in Malta
MEUSAC awarded over €134,000 in European Social Funds to strengthen social dialogue in MaltaJuly 6, 2018
The project ‘Engage’ was launched at a MEUSAC Core Group, held on May 25, 2018