On 19 February, Valeria Ronzitti (CEEP General Secretary) and Tor Hattlevol (chair of CEEP Macro-Economic Task Force) addressed the European Commission, the Eurogroup and the Bulgarian Presidency at the Macro-Economic Dialogue.

Highlighting the core priorities of employers of public services and services of general interest, Ms Ronzitti said:

On completing the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU):

“All cards are now in the hands of Members States to make real progress on the EMU architecture. The Banking Union must be swiftly completed to deliver its full potential in making the EMU more stable and resilient to shocks, while limiting the need for public risk sharing. Of equal importance is the investment protection scheme, as it is the quickest way forward to implement a stabilisation function for the Eurozone.”

On promoting investment in social infrastructures:

“CEEP has long advocated for investment in human capital as a catalyst towards upward convergence, resilience and competitiveness. Better policies in areas of education, lifelong learning, health, long-term care and social infrastructure will reduce long-term unemployment, boost productivity and lead to greater resilience, convergence and growth.

The EU should lead the way in developing new investment models and partnerships. CEEP calls EU institutions to take on board the recommendations from the report “Boosting Investment in Social Infrastructure in Europe” and its concrete proposals, ranging from establishing a specific policy window for social investments in the next MFF to boosting the use of strategic public procurement schemes. Those are all ways to reconcile the need for sustainable public finances with the imperative of ensuring long-term growth.”

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