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Social dialogue fund launched

The Fund for Decent Work and Tripartite Dialogue has been launched today with an open call for proposals covering all the 12 newest EU and EEA member states. This is the first programme in implementation for the 2009-2014 funding period.

The Fund for Decent Work and Tripartite Dialogue has been launched today with an open call for proposals covering all the 12 newest EU and EEA member states. This is the first programme in implementation for the 2009-2014 funding period.

The fund is a new feature under the Norway Grants 2009-2014. It represents one percent of this allocation in each beneficiary state. The call is now open for applications for projects that contribute to the achievement of two goals:
- Improved social dialogue and tripartite dialogue structures and practices
- Enhanced understanding of the benefits of decent work

The programme, which is operated by Innovation Norway, focuses on how to promote the decent work agenda, foster tripartite dialogue and strengthen bilateral relations. Eligible entities are:

- public authorities and recognised organisations that carry out tasks related to decent work and/or tripartite cooperation
- organisations representing employers and employees - so-called social partners.

Norway has a strong tradition of tripartite consultations. Project promoters in the beneficiary states are encouraged to draw on this experience by establishing partnerships with Norwegian social partners. A Norwegian entity can also take on the role as project promoter in partnership with an entity from a beneficiary state.

Both Norway and the EU support the principles of decent work and equal opportunities for all.

For more information and all relevant documents: www.decentwork.no

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