What was the focus of the meeting of the Problem Team of the Social Dialogue Council for European funds on July 21 this year?
The determinants of the negotiation process of the 2021-2027 financial perspective were the subject of a meeting of the Problem Team of the Social Dialogue Council for European Funds, which – in the form of a videoconference – took place on July 21, 2020.
The government side was represented by: Anna Szmidt-Rodziewicz – Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Policy, Grzegorz Puda – Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy, and the management of the Social Fund Department and the Strategy Department in the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy. The invited experts, apart from the permanent members of the Team, also participated in the meeting.
The Partnership Agreement for the years 2021-2027 resulting from the general regulation will define the conditions for the effective and efficient use of funds in the period 2021-2027. Poland, similarly to the 2014-2020 perspective, is preparing a Partnership Agreement in order to define a strategy for the use of cohesion policy funds and coordination in terms of determining the area of support. The presentation presented by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy included, information on the state of EU negotiations, changes to the PS 2014-2020 related to Covid-19, or the framework work plan on the Partnership Agreement, the public consultations of which are scheduled for October this year. The lack of financial decisions at the present stage of negotiations was indicated. Additional funds of EUR 55 billion proposed by the European Commission to complement the current cohesion policy programs until 2022 have been reported.
The proposals for social dialogue and partnership in the new 2021-2027 perspective were also exchanged. These proposals include implementation of projects under the competitive procedure aimed at strengthening social dialogue, including strengthening the competences of representatives of social partner organizations, preparing employees and employers to function in crisis conditions, improving the skills and qualifications of the workforce, disseminating available standards of cooperation between employers and employees’ representatives in the change management process in the company and promotion of non-code regulations in the field of working conditions.