Target Groups

Main target groups of the action are representatives of:

  • LESC members: NGOs (30 persons), trade unions (20 persons), employers/business associations (20 persons). Main detected deficiencies are: lack of knowledge, methods and techniques for transparent and strategic lobbying to influence legislation implementation and or/harmonisation with acquis, including negotiation skills. Little to no cooperation between social partners and NGOs, no statements announced in the regional local media or national media, not publically visible initiatives at local or regional level from none of them.

  • NGOs not participating in LESCs, including those from the rural areas gravitating to the municipalities that have established LESC (50 persons). Unfamiliarity with the consultation process through LESC, having into consideration the current composition of LESC, only youth CSOs are included in some cases, thus the NGOs with other focus still related to economic and social development are unaware and are lacking skills to influence and secure their involvement though lobbying and launching initiatives advocating citizens interests including harmonization/implementation of EU acquis.

  • Municipal staff responsible for the LESC process (25-30 employees). Main identified constrains are: little public visibility of the work of the Council, no information of sessions hold, i.e. on municipal web site, except information from other sources that LESC in the specified municipality is formed.

Final beneficiaries are: Municipalities, interested to get new innovative approaches to solving local problems/challenges through consultation process with social partners and CSOs. Regional development bodies, that strive to create conditions for regional development especially economy, tourism, environment and cooperation with CSOs in that perspective. National employers’ organizations, business associations and trade unions that are interested for advocating interests of their members at all level. Government institutions involved in the process of building social dialogue at national and local level, willing to support and welcome any advancement in the area of social dialogue, employment, regional competiveness monitored through the EU progress report. Civil society, the citizens, the media having interest in advancement of democratic rules and increase of democratic capacity especially on local level, thus have interest to have insight in the process of LESC development and be involved in it.  In order to meet these identified needs and constrains expected project results will: - assess the weaknesses of the LESC process and its stakeholders respectively, - develop specific training curricula that will address the lacking skills in the area of advocating ad obbying,- raise awareness and propose techniques and methods for joint strategic lobbying by the CSOs and social partners as well as organisational lobbying at local level, - will especially take care to involve CSOs from rural areas in the LESC, - will ensure higher understanding of Local Economic and Social Council by municipal staff, thus improve conditions for better coordination of the process, i.e. public communication, information, stimulate networking among stakeholders and joint planning of LESC sessions etc. All project outcomes will be disseminated though the project web site as well as through distribution of printed promotional and education materials during training, available on internet and at the national conference.

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