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EVALUATION OF THE

EVALUATION OF THE EUROPEAN STRATEGY ON SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK 2007-2012117Table 4-21Implementation ong>ofong> objective on international cooperationAction Stakeholder OutcomeStrengong>theong>ning cooperation with ILO, WHO andoong>theong>r international organisationsCOMFulfilled to a certain extent (butdifficult to assess because ong>ofong> generalnature ong>ofong> task)Promote implementation ong>ofong> Global Strategy onOSH and Promotional Framework for OSHConventionCOMFulfilled to a certain extent (butdifficult to assess because ong>ofong> generalnature ong>ofong> task)Stimulate ong>theong> ratification ong>ofong> ILO Conventions COM Partly fulfilledWorking with third countries and internationalorganisations for a global ban on asbestosCOMNot fulfilledEnhancing ong>theong> collection ong>ofong> data on accidentsby improving comparabilityCOMNot fulfilledStrengong>theong>ning cooperation with developedeconomiesCOMFulfilledAssisting ong>theong> candidate countries to implementEU OSH acquisCOMFulfilledThere is no doubt that ong>theong> European Strategy plays a crucial role when it comes todemonstrating ong>theong> EU’s commitment to ong>theong> improvement ong>ofong> workers’ health andsafety, not only on its own territory but also in all ong>theong>se third countries with whichit does business. By asserting its commitment to promoting better workingconditions globally, ong>theong> EU puts out a strong statement against safety dumping on aglobal scale. The European Strategy is one element ong>ofong> ong>theong> EU’s work at ong>theong> globalscale for improving cooperation on OSH issues and it substantially increases ong>theong>credibility ong>ofong> ong>theong> EU in influencing ong>theong> debate on ong>theong> international stage.This is why ong>theong> international dimension ong>ofong> ong>theong> EU’s action in ong>theong> field ong>ofong>occupational health and safety should be part ong>ofong> any future strategic document butshould not necessarily constitute a separate strategic objective. Internationalcooperation is both a means to ensure that ong>theong> gap between ong>theong> protection levels inong>theong> EU and in oong>theong>r countries closes and that ong>theong> EU does not export its badworking conditions abroad and simply a principle ong>ofong> ong>theong> European Union tocontinually fight to improve working conditions all over ong>theong> world.http://projects.cowiportal.com/ps/A019055/Documents/3 Project documents/Interim and final report/Final report October 2012/OSH ong>evaluationong>-report_Final_submitted 14 March2013.docx

118 EVALUATION OF THE EUREVALUATION OF THE EUROPEAN STRATEGY ON SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK 2007-20121185 Findings ong>ofong> ong>theong> retrospective ong>evaluationong>ong>ofong> ong>theong> European ong>strategyong>In this chapter we address ong>theong> ong>evaluationong> criteria to be assessed in ong>theong> ong>evaluationong>from ong>theong> retrospective point ong>ofong> view, looking at ong>theong> experiences ong>ofong> implementingong>theong> current European ong>strategyong>. We draw on ong>theong> data and observations presented inChapter 4, but additional data is also presented in this chapter.The chapter is structured according to ong>theong> ong>evaluationong> criteria and thus consists ong>ofong>ong>theong> following sections: relevance, effectiveness, impact, ownership, consistency,coherence and community added value.5.1 RelevanceRelevance concerns ong>theong> extent to which ong>theong> ong>strategyong> is consistent with ong>theong> existingneeds, problems and issues related to OSH.Evaluation question:Q1: To which extent were ong>theong> objectives ong>ofong> ong>theong> ong>strategyong> adequately chosen?Referring to ong>theong> agreed methodology, ong>theong> specific criteria for assessing thisincluded ong>theong> policy relevance (consistency) and ong>theong> key stakeholders' assessment ong>ofong>relevance. Data and findings pertaining to consistency are included in chapter 5.4.Below, we provide an overview ong>ofong> key stakeholders' assessment ong>ofong> relevance.Chapter 6 on horizon-scanning provides a broader forward-looking perspective ong>ofong>relevance ong>ofong> a future European ong>strategyong>.5.1.1 Stakeholder perceptions on relevance ong>ofong> ong>theong>European StrategyEU-level stakeholders were asked, during ong>theong> interviews carried out, to rank ong>theong> sixong>strategyong> objectives according to ong>theong>ir relevance. They were also asked ong>theong>ir opinionabout ong>theong> relevance ong>ofong> ong>theong> ong>strategyong> and ong>ofong> its goal ong>ofong> a 25 percent reduction inoccupational accidents. The questionnaire developed for national stakeholdershttp://projects.cowiportal.com/ps/A019055/Documents/3 Project documents/Interim and final report/Final report October 2012/OSH ong>evaluationong>report_Final_submitted14 March 2013.docx

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