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The project, implemented by FABI, the Autonomous Federation of Italian Bank clercks, by the International Relations Department, was co-financed by the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

The following European banking Unions, coordinated by the FABI, participated in this initiative: Ver.di - Germany * NSZZ - Poland * Unite - UK SBFDH * - * Croatia - BBDSZ - Hungary * 
FeS UGT - Spain MUBE-Malta * - * UNI - Europe * FIBA / CISL * * Uilca FISAC / CGIL - Italy.
The ABI - Italian Banking Association, with the two major Italian banking groups Unicredit Group and Intesa Sanpaolo, which include member banks in many EU and non EU countries participated in the project activities of the line of support to the Social Dialogue established by the European Commission.

The TANDEM project has produced an overview of the activities of the European Works Councils in the credit sector, based on real experiences brought by both union partners and employers, noting strengths and weaknesses.
The same evaluation can be made also as regards the European Social Dialogue Sector, established at the European Commission in Brussels (Commission Decision 98/500/EC of 20/05/98) in particular on Sectoral Dialogue Committees (SDC) that have the role of consultative bodies and deal with economic and social developments in the various EU policy areas, where unions and employers' associations of various economic sectors in all member countries dialogue to find shared positions on common problems.

The purpose of the TANDEM Project is to promote possible synergies and mutual influences between the two areas of dialogue, Works Councils and Social Dialogue Sector, as well as encourage the training of workers delegates to participate in the activities of the European Works Council, also through more strong links to the sites of the sector dialogue. 
The acquisition of a European negotiating culture is an ambitious goal, the definition of which is certainly helped by the establishment of a common knowledge base and common practice of negotiation of delegates. The spread of a European culture of social dialogue among companies and the training of EWC delegates are therefore essential factors to make more effective the use of information obtained during the consultation, just because of that "approach to dialogue" on which the relationship between EWC and enterprise management must be based. The training activities for delegates must enhance negotiating skills and management skills, especially in the face of processes of change and corporate crises.

The project sees the participation of workers representatives from different countries and industrial relations systems: countries with a longer EU membership, with a good degree of application of Directives 94/45 and 2009/38, and advanced national systems for the involvement of employees, as well as new Member States, that are still in the early application of Directive 2009/38 and Directive 2002/14; candidate EU countries that, although not required to comply with EU Directives, are interested in the European social model, of which the participation of workers is an essential part, and are involved in it, based on specific EWC agreements that can extend the information to representatives of non-European countries where the company operates.
The results of the project and the skills acquired will be transferred to the institutional activities of national and European organizations, which means the option to set up training courses with the multilingual material produced, in addition to being an effective link between EWC delegates and social dialogue partners.

The stages of the Tandem Project were as follows:

1) SEVILLE March 2011 - Workshop - Analysis of the EWC directive. Analysis of the agreements made in the EWCs of the credit sector and detection of possible "good practices". Discussion on the EWC Directive and related activities aimed at strengthening the Sectoral Social Dialogue

2) VILNIUS June 2011 - Workshop - State of the art in the Sectoral Social Dialogue at European level and in the countries participating in the project

3) TURIN November 11, 2011 - Consolidation of mutual influences between the Sectoral Social Dialogue (SSD) and the activities of European Works Councils.

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