Social dialogue is very important at all levels, not only for the social partners, but also for the whole society.
Decentralization of social dialogue is part of democratization in the SEE countries. The tripartite committees at local level discuss both the state of the local labor market and all topics of interest to the local community.
Dusko Vukovic, a member of the Social Economic Council in Serbia (SEC), emphasized in his inauguration speech that SEC at national level has been operating at national level since 2001, but without much importance.
The rotating chairmanship of the Social Economic Council has a major impact on its activities, so during the chairmanship of the local self-government or employers' side, the Council was very passive.
Further discussion showed many similarities among the participating countries. Institutionalized social dialogue is at a low level, with only a few steps forward in recent decades. It is difficult to improve the social dialogue if trade unions do not have strong and well-organized employers' associations as partners. Moreover, the authorities at different levels usually do not show much interest, which also makes the faster development of the institutionalized social dialogue difficult.
The following conclusions have been adopted unanimously: