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OPINION 04/2004 on the Bill for a Royal Decree adopting the Regulations implement-ing Organic Law 4/2000 of 11 January on the rights and freedoms of aliens in Spain and their integration into society

Immigration, Social Policies
The Council makes a positive assessment of the draft Regulations and of the process by which they were drawn up, in which account was taken of the views of the various tiers of government involved in immigration policy, as well as those of the social partners and of other organizations active in the field of immigration. In particular the Council highlights the process of social dialogue that has taken place between the government and the most representative employers? organizations and trade unions at national level, which have for the first time negotiated and signed an agree-ment on the employment issues involved in the regulations, a circumstance of unques-tionable importance in the context of the Spanish labour market.The Council also notes that the approach of the draft Regulations is in full accordance in social and employment terms with that of the Council?s Report 2/2004 on Immigration and the labour market in Spain.The Council notes the importance of the social partners? involvement in the drawing up of the Regulations, and in particular the establishment of a stable framework for partici-pation in two basic areas:· Specification of needs on the labour market that should be met by migrant la-bour, i.e. in the devising of quotas and the catalogue of occupations in which jobs are hard to fill, with the help of the public employment services in the autonomous regions and of the social partners.· Monitoring and review of these instruments through the new Tripartite Em-ployment Committee, made up of the employers? organizations and the most representative trade unions, and the national Department of Immigration and Emigration.