€467,323 financed through ESF Funds (2007-2013)
The purpose of the project Closer to Europe was to encourage and sustain the development of a more effective social and civil dialogue in Malta and Gozo, by empowering local stakeholders through the provision of up-to-date information on social, economic and EU-related matters; the promotion of lifelong learning and the support to networking initiatives.
The project included the provision of training to MCESD staff and its members. The overall objective was to enhance the capacity of participants in social dialogue.
The training programme included the following topics: European social and civil dialogue to better European and local governance, economics, balance between economic and social development, collecting, analysing and disseminating data on social and civil dialogue, policy understanding and policy implementation skills, models of social and civil dialogue in Europe, the role and networking of different stakeholders in civil dialogue, consumer protection, energy, and ethics and values in social and civil dialogue and the role of the media.