Duration: 24 months

Progress: Month 5

ValueFacturing SMEs

Fostering SMEs Competitiveness in Manufacturing Global Value Chains (GVCs) through Social Dialogue

Promote the contribution of sectoral social dialogue practices at national and European level to invest in Europe

  • Delivery of an innovative multilingual Decalogue containing practical procedures and guidelines for social dialogue at company, sectoral and European level*


  • Facilitation of dialogue between employers’ organisations and trade unions in national contexts where industrial relations are more fragile


  • Increase of SMEs advantages from quality and effective sectoral social dialogue strategies designed and implemented by well-trained business side and workers’ representatives


*namely collective bargaining initiatives to support quality labour markets and foster the competitiveness of manufacturing SMEs within GVCs.

Confimi Industria (Italy)

Confimi Industria is the coordinator of the project. Confimi Industria is the Confederation of the Italian Manufacturing Industry and Private Companies, based in Rome. It is a national social partner in Italy, representing 45.000 companies (over 600.000 employees). Its purpose is to protect and represent the economic interests of its members nationally and towards UE institutions.

European DIGITAL SME Alliance (Belgium)

The European DIGITAL SME Alliance (DIGITAL SME) is the largest network of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the ICT sector in Europe, connecting more than 45,000 digital SMEs. The Alliance is the joint effort of 30 national and regional SME associations from EU member states and neighbouring countries to put digital SMEs at the centre of the EU agenda.


FIM-CISL Lombardia (Italy)

FIM CISL Lombardia, a trade union category of the Italian Confederation of Workers’ Unions (CISL), represents, protects, and organizes the workers in the metalworking sector of Lombardy, including artisanal companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, and industrial firms. It provides union assistance, promotes services and training, and engages in collective bargaining within the Lombard metalworking companies.

Fondazione ADAPT (Italy)

Fondazione ADAPT is a not-for-profit organisation, founded in 2013 by ADAPT – Association for International and Comparative Studies on Labour Law and Industrial Relations. As for its articles of association, the Foundation’s primary purpose is to support young people’s direct access to the labour market. This is done directly – e.g., through the establishment of an International School of Higher Education in Occupational Transitions, Labour and Industrial Relations – and indirectly, i.e. by working on research activities and projects

ADAPT - Associazione Per Gli Studi Internazionali E Comparati Sul Diritto Del Lavoro E Delle Relazioni Industriali (Italy)

ADAPT is a non-profit association, founded by Marco Biagi in 2000 to promote, from an international and comparative perspective, studies, and research in the field of industrial and labour relations. ADAPT aims to promote a new way of ‘doing university’, building stable relations and initiating exchanges between higher education institutions, its members, institutions, and companies.

Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Hungary)

Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) was founded in 1850 and it is the largest chamber of commerce in Hungary, gathering small and medium-size companies from the capital city. BCCI offers a wide array of services helping its stakeholders to better achieve their goals by taking advantage of cross border connections and collaborations enhanced by international projects



Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tirana (Albania)

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tirana (CCIT) is a juridical independent non-profitable organization that exercises its functions pursuant to Law No. 9640. The Chamber represents the unified interests of the business community in the country and is recognised as the most influential organisation in Albania due to its large membership base.




Vasas Szakszervezeti Szövetség (Hungary)

Vasas Szakszervezeti Szövetsé, the Hungarian Metalworkers’ Federation represents workers’ interests of the metal, automotive, mechanical engineering, electronics, and ICT industry. Established more than 112 years ago, VASAS aims are to improve working conditions, achieve a fair social security system and serve the satisfaction of its members.



Trade Union Federation of Industrial Workers Of Albania - FSPISH (Albania)

Trade Union Federation of Industrial Workers of Albania (FSPISH), comprises 5 unions and represents the workers of industrial sectors in Albania. Established in 1991, FSPISH counts the largest union actions in Albania and has signed collective agreements with private and state companies, where these collective contracts cover 10.000 workers in the industrial sector.

IndustriAll - European Trade Union (Belgium)

IndustriAll – European Trade Union is a federation of independent and democratic trade unions representing manual and non-manual workers in the metal, chemical, energy, mining, textile, clothing and footwear sectors and related industries and activities. IndustriAll represents 7 million working men and women united within 180 national trade union affiliates in 38 European countries.



Consiglio Regionale della Puglia (Italy)

The Regional Council of Apulia (Consiglio Regionale della Puglia) was established in June 1970, it currently consists of 51 members and holds office for a five-year term. The Regional Council of Puglia promotes active public engagement from local citizens and associations in the region, particularly on topics of cultural identity.

FIM-CISL Federazione Italiana Metalmeccanici (Italy)

FIM (Federazione Italiana Metalmeccanici) is the Italian metalworkers’ federation that is a member of CISL, one of the three main Trade Unions Confederation in Italy. It is a democratic organisation, formed by the free membership of thousands of workers throughout Italy.

Confimi Industria Digitale (Italy)

Confimi Industria Digitale is the national association of Small and Medium Industry operating in the fields of Information Technology, Digital Communication, Telematics, and Digital Services, affiliated with Confimi Industria (Confederazione dell’Industria Manifatturiera Italiana e dell’Impresa Privata). It represents approximately 620 companies and 8,000 employees.


Confimi Puglia (Italy)

Confimi Puglia was born in 2015, with the aim of aggregating companies representing all the production sectors of its territory. The Association enhances the world and the real needs of the manufacturing sector, through policies that can really impact the development of businesses. Inside there are manufacturing companies, districts, consortia and business networks, whose primary objective is the valorisation, expansion, and export of the territorial economic fabric.

Kick-off meeting (ROME) - 17/10/23 

The ValueFacturing SMEs project has received funding from the European Commission under the grant agreement No 101102391

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