New European Project : SP4SE

We are happy to announce to all of you that CEPLIS is involved in a new project on social protection led by Confprofessioni. The project aims at strengthening social dialogue at sectoral level by building the capacity of national social partners, in order to tackle the need of self-employed professionals to be covered by an adequate social protection. It aims at giving social partners the tools to contribute to the design of social protection reforms, and to autonomously set up and manage social protection schemes, in line with Council Recommendation 2019/387. The proposal will first investigate existing social protection schemes for the professional self-employed and especially the changes introduced since the pandemic. The aim is to better understand which are the actors engaged in each scheme, which are the beneficiaries, which are the governance models and where the funding comes from. The purpose is to strengthen the capacity of national sectoral social partners and promote their role in ensuring an adequate social protection for the professional self-employed. Given its nature, agreeing on a common definition of self-employment is a demanding task. At the same time, social protection includes different profiles of social assistance and social security, with extensive variations among countries. In brief, this social dialogue proposal entails a real understanding of both demand and supply of social protection for the self-employed. But also, more concretely, wishes to give the right tools to close existing social protection gaps.

The 28th of September CEPLIS, represented by our Jr. Policy advisor Alexandre De Blauwe was present at the opening meeting. Together with the Malta Federation of Professional Associations; Equal Ireland Education Research and Related Services Co. Ltd ; the National Union of Liberal Professions, from France; Eurocadres and the Union of Belgian Liberal and Intellectual Professions.

For more information about the project, click SP4SE_Project presentation_EN