European Hospital & Healthcare Employers’ Association

HOSPEEM-EPSU Project 2019-2020 on Strengthening social dialogue in the hospital sector


HOSPEEM and EPSU have been provided with financial support from the European Commission for a joint project in the field of sectoral social dialogue capacity building: “Strengthening social dialogue in the hospital sector in the East, South and Central Europe” in the years 2019 and 2020.


The project will provide an appropriate framework to continue addressing capacity building needs of social partners. The work will serve to help build the capacity of the hospital sector social partners in 14 targeted countries (Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Romania, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia) by exchanging on and collecting the relevant topics and priorities in view of the EU-level sectoral social dialogue.

It will also be instrumental to discuss and evaluate the core priorities and outcomes of the sectoral dialogue between EPSU and HOSPEEM for the targeted regions, and to assist in feeding into the sectoral social dialogue committee for the hospital/healthcare sector (SSDC HS) the social dialogue interests and important topics in a “bottom-up” process to support the aim of building capacity.

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Implementation of the action

The project will run over 24 months. This will allow the delivery of a full project cycle including preparatory activities, the implementation of the work plan and the dissemination of results already fully under the project (not excluding further dissemination efforts after the end of the project).

The project foresees the organisation of three Regional Workshops, the first in June 2019 in Bucharest (Romania), the second in November 2019 in Rome (Italy) and the third one in Zagreb (Croatia). The preparation and organisation of the first event will be supported by Sanitas (EPSU affiliate, Romania), the second by ARAN (HOSPEEM member, Italy) and the third one by HSSMS-MT (EPSU affiliate, Croatia). Furthermore, a dissemination workshop will take place by the end of 2020 targeted to a wider audience in Brussels (Belgium).

Orientation and guidance will be provided by an  Advisory Committee composed by representatives from the affiliated associations Sanitas, ARAN and HSSMS-MT. The Advisory Committee will have the task – together with a team of expert to be contracted – to help the Secretariats to prepare, support, monitor and evaluate project-related activities.


  • 28 March 2019, Brussels: Kick-off meeting of the Advisory Committee
  • 14 June 2019, Bucharest: Regional Workshop 1 with targeted countries Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Romania
  • November 2019, Rome: Regional Workshop 2 with targeted countries Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain
  • June 2020, Zagreb: Regional Workshop 3 with targeted countries Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia
  • November / December 2020, Brussels: Advisory Committee synthesis meeting
  • November / December 2020, Brussels: Dissemination Workshop

Expected results

As main deliverables, the project will produce a report from each Regional Workshop to be drafted by the expert and to be agreed upon by the Advisory Committee and the HOSPEEM and EPSU Secretariats.

Another deliverable is a final report summarising the main insights, conclusions and recommendations from the three Regional Workshops and the final dissemination workshop.

14 fact sheets of the targeted countries collecting national social partners’ priorities and challenges trough survey and desk research

Video-recorded interviews of the Advisory Committee members, participating in the three Regional Workshops as well as other stakeholders attending the workshops.

The information gathered the outcomes of the workshops’ debates, the contents of the reports on the Regional Workshops will be fed back into the regular meetings of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Hospital Sector (SSDC HS) to be further discussed and assessed, in particular in view of their use to influence EU-level policymaking.


Kick-off meeting of the Advisory Committee, Brussels, 28 March 2019

Regional Workshop 1, Bucharest, 14 June 2019



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EPSU also has set up a page with the project-related information.


This project has received funding from the European Commission