Official title of the project

Building Partnership to Reduce Informal Economy in Serbia

Project information

Region / City
Cities
Serbia
Total budget of programme / project

131948

Implementation period
2010. Jun - 2011. Jun
Expected results
  • Social Dialogue among Trade Unions, Employer Organizations, Local Authorities and NGOs promoted in the project areas
  • Awareness and understanding on Informal Economy, Decent Work and European Union values improved in the project areas
  • Project coordination and dissemination of results, carried out
Beneficiary

Representatives of Civil Society Organisations, with particular attention to those involved in the protection of Human and Workers’ Rights. The citizens and workers informed on problems related to Informal Economy and on activities that Trade Unions, Employer Organizations and Local authorities implement at local level.

Partners
  • Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro CGIL
  • Trade Union Confederation Nezavisnost /TUC Nezavisnost/
  • Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia (CATUS)
  • Serbian Association of Employers

Summary of the project

The project aims to strengthen the role and the participation of Civil Society in promoting human rights, and democratic reforms in Serbia, enhancing dialogue among relevant stakeholders in the field of Informal Economy. In practice, the project aims to contribute to: a) reduce the number of workers in Informal economy towards EU standards, b) support the carrying out of agreements and new proposals for a better protection of Workers' Rights. Main activities are:

  • To carry out 1 seminar in every project area for Trade Unions, Employer Organizations, local authorities, NGOs and key stakeholders representatives on European standards and examples of best practices related to the topics of Informal Economy and Social Dialogue at local level.
  • To carry out 1 seminar for lawyers of Trade Unions/NGOs on Italian experience of legal support to workers in Informal economy (tourism, trade and construction sectors).
  • To carry out 2 seminars in every project area for workers in Informal economy (tourism, trade and construction sectors).
  • To establish 3 local coordination teams (one in every project area) composed by representatives of Trade Unions, Employer Organizations, local authorities and NGOs.

 

  • To carry out 3 researches on Informal Economy (tourism, trade and construction sectors) in the project areas.
  • To carry out 3 informative campaigns on promotion of Decent Work and European Union values in the project areas.
  • To carry out 3 Round Tables (one in every project area) on topics related to Informal econ

 

Programme/Project objectives

The main goal of the project is to contribute to reduce informal economy in Serbia according to EU best practices and standards. In particular the project aims to strengthen the role and the participation of Civil Society in promoting human rights, and democratic reforms in Serbia, enhancing dialogue among relevant stakeholders in the field of Informal Economy. In practice, through this action we aim to contribute to: a) reduce the number of workers in Informal economy towards EU standards, b) support the carrying out of agreements and new proposals for a better protection of Workers' Rights.

Specific objectives

The specific objective of the project is to strengthen institutional protection of workers (with particular attention to tourism, trade and construction sectors) in Krusevac, Loznica and Subotica, transferring Informal Economy into formal through the exchange of know-how and best practices between EU and Civil Society in Serbia. In practice the project aims to support: a) the signing of 3 protocols agreements among representatives of Trade Unions, Association of Employers and local authorities on concrete measures and activities to transfer Informal Economy into legal framework, b1) the establishment of a Local Socio-Economic Council in Loznica and, b2) the carrying out of Local Action Plans for Employment in Krusevac and in Subotica.