SOLiD The adoption of a charter to promote Social Dialogue in the South Mediterranea

March 16th 2019

Following the closing conference of the Pilot Project for the Promotion of Social Dialogue in the Southern Mediterranean Neighbourhood – SOLiD which took place on March 14th, 2019  in Brussels, the partners have adopted a Charter to promote Social Dialogue in the South Mediterranean , to be presented on the sidelines of the 4th UfM Ministerial Meeting on Employment and Labor which will take place on  April, 02nd  2019 in Cascais, Portugal.

SOLiD Project is a pioneer programme whose ultimate goal is to promote a dynamic, inclusive and reinforced social dialogue via the development of the capacity of Trade Unions and their homologues of Employers’ Associations and civil society organisations and the promotion of a civic and multipartite dialogue between the social partners in three target countries: Tunisia, Jordan and Morocco.

"By bringing together the social partners of the 3 countries, I consider SOLiD a model of success and a starting point for extending the approach in the Mediterranean region," said Mohamed Trabelsi, Tunisian Minister of Social Affairs.

work based on the principles of Human Rights ".

Mustapha TLILI, SOLiD project director and executive secretary of the Arab Trade Union Confederation (ATUC) stressed "the importance of building trusting relationships" in the success of this pilot project.

Henrike Trautmann from the European Commission's Directorate General for Neighborhood expressed the European Commission's willingness to "continue this work on social dialogue at national and regional level" and stressed that "social dialogue is not limited to relations between employers and workers, this also concerns civil society ".

Jihen Boutiba, secretary general of BusinessMed said that "the reflection on social dialogue had been extended to issues other than wages, strikes or working conditions, to incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals of the Agenda2030 of the UN”.

Nathalie Creste, from the European Commission's Directorate-General for Employment, considered that "in the run-up to the Union for the Mediterranean Ministerial Conference, the Charter sets the conditions for promoting dialogue in the region ".