Date of entry: July 2, 1999
Its consultation competencies are based on the participation of the most representative organisations in Portuguese society and economic tissue and are carried out by drafting opinions, requested of it by Government or other organs of sovereignty, or upon its own initiative. Within the scope of this competency, the Council expresses an opinion on the drafts of the programmes and policies for social and economic development, Portugal’s positioning within the European institutions with regard to these policies, the use of European funds at national level and the regional development policy. The competency for social concertation aims to foster social dialogue and negotiation between the Government and Social Partners – trade unions and employer associations – and is exercised based on tri-party negotiations with representatives of such bodies, during which legislation projects are appraised with regard to social and labour matters, for which social concertation agreements are then entered into.
In what concerns the arbitration activity, the Council’s duties concern the organisation and maintenance of lists for appointing arbitrators, picking arbitrators at random if need be, ensuring payment for arbitrators and experts and technical and administrative support of the normal functioning of the arbitration tribunal.
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