Answer given by Ms Thyssen on behalf of the Commission
The European Union promotes social dialogue and facilitates this dialogue between social partners including by ensuring financial support. The budget lines 04 03 01 05, 04 03 01 06 and 04 03 01 08 mentioned by the Honourable Member are autonomous(1) budget lines that provide — inter alia — funding for calls for proposals under which ETUC and national trade unions can be eligible, depending on the terms of reference of the respective calls. A dedicated Europa website provides detailed information on the individual action grants funded by DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion(2).
There are also dedicated Europa webpages which provide detailed information on beneficiaries of funds paid directly from the EU budget by the Commission from 2007 onwards(3).
The EU budget also includes a number of non-autonomous budget lines that may provide funding to ETUC and national trade unions, provided they meet the criteria of the relevant calls for proposals. In this respect, the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (budget line 04 01 04 02), the Erasmus+ programme and the European Social Fund can be mentioned as sources of funding(4).
Social dialogue budget lines are referred to as ‘autonomous’ budget lines because they are directly based on Articles 137 and 138 of the Amsterdam Treaty and Articles 154 and 155 of the TFEU, and therefore do not need a specific legal act as a basis for their implementation.