The major political changes which occurred in 2011 and mainly had impact on the South Mediterranean neighborhood, showed the limits of the economic and social policies followed so far and made more obvious the urgent need of institutional reforms.
Since 2008, the European Union has engaged – in the framework of the UfM (Union for the Mediterranean) in a process that associates governments and representatives of employers and employees. This process aims to give a “more effective” role to the social dialogue in the Mediterranean neighborhood.
It is within this framework that the pilot project for the promotion of social dialogue in the Southern Mediterranean neighborhood has been launched in 3 countries (Morocco, Tunisia and Jordan), and which could extend to other UfM partner countries.
SOLiD-South Mediterranean Social Dialogue is a three years programme (2016-2019), with a €3.750 million budget, 80% of which is financed by the European Union and 20% by the International Trade Union Confederation. It is coordinated by a consortium which consists of 9 members: ATUC (Arab Trade Union Confederation), BusinessMed (Union of Mediterranean Confederation of Enterprises), ANND (Arab NGO Network for Development), ISCOS (Italian Union Institute for Cooperation and Development), Progetto SUD, AIP (Portugal Industry Association), SOLIDAR, CNT Belgium (National Labor Council) and CES Morocco (Economic and Social Council).