CEEP at Tripartite Social Summit PDF Print E-mail



“Public services are key to re-building confidence in Europe”


This is the key message delivered today by CEEP President, Hans Joachim Reck, at the Tripartite Social Summit in Brussels. Mr Reck built this statement around the two main items of this Spring Council: job creation and climate and energy policies.


With regard to job creation Mr Reck underlined the positive role played by public services’ employers and providers “Our members are modernising and innovating to respond to changing needs and pressures. New service models and ways of delivery are being worked out very often also in line with environmental and social criteria, which are shown among the enterprises that have been awarded with the CEEP CSR label: this has also a clear positive impact on workforce management and job creation.


On climate and energy policies Mr Reck concentrated on the completion of the internal energy market stating that this can only be achieved by an integrated approach. “We need to similarly take into account the development of renewables, the conventional energy supply, as well as the necessary investments in modern network infrastructure both at transmission and at distribution level” stated Mr Reck, adding that “CEEP highly appreciates any attempt of the EU towards more market based instruments: At the end of the day, especially renewable energy technologies have to reach market maturity. Considering renewables, market oriented support schemes seem fit to give sufficient financial security to investors and be made less distorting towards one specific technology as other models tend to do. Market instruments should be designed in order to identify the most cost-efficient technologies. CEEP points out in particular that renewable energy producers will have to bear greater responsibility for system costs.


President Reck concluded by stating that CEEP calls on Heads of State and Government to adopt a common European vision on the future energy policy in this March Council. Not only to pave the way up to ambitious 2030 goals but also to effectively face the external dimension of EU energy policies, well represented by the Ukrainian crisis. Only a strong and shared political will to make European energy infrastructure grow will reduce our energy dependency and render Europe less vulnerable to externalities.”

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PSEF spring 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Partners of the Public Services Employers’ Forum (PSEF) have addressed recommendations to policy-makers in a joint declaration prepared for the Tripartite Social Summit. This declaration tackles the question of “Re-building confidence in Europe: Focus on job creation – lessons learned and future orientations”.

The declaration, which proposes recommendations to “re-build confidence in Europe”,  puts forward several suggestions structured around three key messages that addresses some of the key needs Europe is facing:

Invest in Human Capital

Boost Youth Employment

Achieve a Sound and Well-negotiated TTIP


The joint declaration can be viewed here: (add the link to our respective organisation website)


The Public Services Employers’ Forum is an informal forum of European employer organisations cooperating on matters of joint interest. Signatories to the declaration include: CEEP – European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services, EURELECTRIC – Union of the Electricity Industry, HOSPEEM – European Hospital and Healthcare Employers’ Association, EFEE – European Federation of Education Employers, CER – The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies, CEMR – Council of European Municipalities and Regions, UITP – International Association of Public Transport.

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EP vote on the revision of Regulation 1370/2007: public services’ providers warn against inadequate rules PDF Print E-mail

EP vote on the revision of Regulation 1370/2007: public services’ providers warn against inadequate rules


Today’s vote in the EP on the proposal amending Regulation 1370/2007 on passenger transport services raises some concerns regarding the adequacy of what may be the future rules and the needs of public transport providers from the field”, explained Valeria Ronzitti, General Secretary of CEEP.


CEEP agrees with the overall objective of the 4th Railway Package to “enhance the role of rail”. We also agree that the attractiveness of that mode of transport should absolutely be improved. “But we seriously doubt that this will be achieved through the proposal as it has been voted today”, continued Valeria Ronzitti.


Indeed, the proposal heavily transforms the compromises that had been achieved in the current Regulation 1370/2007 on the internal operator whereas no need for such a change has been justified. CEEP cannot accept that the proposal adds inadequate and disproportionate requirements for authorities opting for an internal operator, creating legal uncertainty and de facto harming the balance between tendering benefits and the need for direct award”.


The complexity added into the definition of public transport plans is also a major issue of concern for both operators and authorities. To be effective, public transport plans require simplicity and clarity in order to adapt effectively to the needs and specificities of communities. CEEP is therefore concerned about the confusion created by adding criteria into the definition of public transport plans that should normally be provided in the public service contract.


“This proposal creates more complexity and more legal uncertainty. Our major concern is that this is likely to restricts the capacity to innovate of public services’ providers, as they will lose the flexibility needed to anticipate and adapt to citizens’ and business’ needs” concluded Valeria Ronzitti.


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CEEP at MEDPOL 10 March 2013 PDF Print E-mail


Investments needed for sustainable growth


At the MEDPOL meeting today, CEEP General Secretary, Valeria Ronzitti, emphasised the need for investments in order to reach sustainable growth. Ms Ronzitti highlighted in particular the need for long-term investments in physical and social infrastructures. “There is a real business case for a steady and stable employment within public services of adequate size. Stable public services serve as an anti-cyclical macroeconomic buffer and stabilize aggregate demand and economic performance”.


On this point she also underlined the importance of high-quality public services for positive investment climate and for the general competitiveness of Europe. Ms Ronzitti continued: “This is something CEEP has been repeating since the beginning of the crisis. We are becoming pedantic but it is unfortunately necessary to keep repeating the message because the policy of “easy cuts” is persisting in too many Members States. We are in favour and want to be in the lead of eliminating inefficiencies in public services but modernisation is not synonym of radiation, unless you want to put the European Social Model under serious threat.”


Finally, Ms Ronzitti highlighted the business case for green investments because of the employment growth potential offered by green jobs and also for boosting demand. “Public services’ providers can play a part as buyers and users of new green products, green services, technologies and methods. If public services take the lead in demand, it will boost the possibility of an increased demand from other sectors and branches, which will have a positive effect on prices and make green alternatives a realistic and viable option. There are opportunities for business growth in these areas and there is a role for the Commission to provide investment incentives” concluded Ms Ronzitti.

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Joint press release EFEE – CEEP PDF Print E-mail

Today, CEEP and EFEE held the final seminar of the EC funded project “Matching education with the needs of public services”, in which they presented the outcomes of their joint work as well as joint policy recommendations.

“We started this journey aware of the difficulty faced by many public services’ providers to recruit people with specific competences and skills. Thanks to the project we now have a fairly complete mapping of the future transversal competences employees needs to meet citizens’ expectations for effective public services. Only through increased cooperation between public services’ employers and education and training providers can those needs be met and CEEP and EFEE are strongly committed to boosting the dialogue between the world of enterprises and the one of education” said Valeria Ronzitti, General Secretary of CEEP. Bianka Stege, General Secretary of EFEE added that “more than ever, it is important to tackle the question of matching of skills and competences. It is time to act, to take our responsibility as employers and to improve the link between education and public services.”

Recognising that the quality of human capital in an organisation is the key driver of organisational effectiveness, EFEE and CEEP recommend the following strategies and practices both to the relevant policy makers at all levels and their members (Policy Recommendations).

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