Enhancing Stakeholder Participation in Social Dialogue


‘ENGAGE’ is an EU-funded project, part-financed by the European Social Fund, Operational Programme II, Priority Axis 4 – Building the institutional administrative capacity.

MEUSAC has embarked on the project 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.



‘ENGAGE’ consists of 3 work packages:

WP1: 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.


WP2: 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 more 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.


WP3: 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 –

The third work package, being held between December 2019 and February 2020 brings the project to a close. It builds on the previous work packages and will result in a defined number of training hours for 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.

In January 2020, participants of the training sessions will undergo sessions of individual mentoring by MEUSAC officials.

The project will be concluded with a half day seminar, to be held in February 2020, during which stakeholders will participate in workshops that will be held to ensure discussion on: effective coordination with Government in the social dialogue process; best practices gained from previous activities and seek ways to engage in social and civil dialogue; networking between stakeholders with common interests; effective formulation of policy papers in relation to the Maltese Government’s position on proposed EU related matters.

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