CEEP Responses

CEEP Opinion on the EU Green Deal – Working Together on a Fair and Sustainable Path – PDF

Executive Summary

  • CEEP welcomed the announcement of a European Green Deal and fully supports its goal of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. CEEP members are committed to developing a balanced and sustainable strategy relying on the economic, social and environmental development. Indeed, it will be essential to take these three dimensions into account for the Green Deal to reach its objectives for 2050.
  • CEEP welcomes the efforts of the European Commission to propose the first-ever EU Climate Law, to ensure all EU policies contribute to the European Green Deal objectives for a net-zero emission target.However, we do not share the Commission’s statement that an impact assessment is not required because a full analysis on the implications of the 2050 climate-neutrality objective has already been provided in support of the “Clean Planet for All” communication. We therefore call upon the European Commission to deliver a proper Impact Assessment.
  • CEEP positively receives the Commission’s recognition to promote more and direct investments for sustainable technology, research and innovations and welcomes the new Sustainable Europe Investment Plan (SEIP) including its social transition finance plans published in the Just Transition Mechanism and Just Transition Fund. Here, public services and SGIs can pave the way towards cultural cohesion, and economic and environmental sustainability thanks to their proximity in society.
  • CEEP welcomes the Commission’s new European Climate Pact and underlines the importance of social inclusion, since there cannot be a transition without acceptance of society. At the same time, the Green Deal must be inclusive and avoid social divides, therefore CEEP supports the continued effort on re-skilling and up-skilling our society to make this climate transition a success.
  • CEEP congratulates the European Commission for recognising digitalisation as an important driver in this climate transition and considers the digital sector as part of the solution to achieve the sustainability goals in the Green Deal. In parallel we emphasise the need to also include not only new technological advantages but also behavioural or regulatory innovations in order to improve energy efficiency, water usage, transport and waste management.
  • CEEP welcomes the extension of the Emission Trading System (ETS) also to the transport and building sectors. However, CEEP calls for an alignment of the ETS Directive as well as a development of an adequate carbon pricing.
  • CEEP recognises that despite the efforts made, the first environmental damages are being witnessed and there is a need for an adaptation strategy that goes beyond the reduction of CO2 emissions. We have therefore welcomed with great enthusiasm the intensions to introduce a new Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 and a Zero-Pollution Action Plan.

During the meeting of the General Assembly on 27 June 2019, CEEP members have adopted an opinion “A Sustainable Climate Strategy for Europe: Acting Now! – Statement on Climate “For Sibiu and Beyond”“.

Our key messages are the following:

  • Global warming is a major risk and climate policies must be developed as part of a sustainable approach.
  • A prerequisite for success is the social acceptability of these policies, which requires greater equity and democracy, particularly at the local level.
  • CEEP members manage essential infrastructure and provide SGIs that contribute to well-being and competitiveness; their proximity to economic actors makes them key players in climate policies.
  • The EU Strategic Agenda 2019-2024 needs to recognise that role and put “enablers” of sustainable climate policies at its centre.


Response to European Commission’s Staff Working Document on exploiting the employment potential of the personal and household services
Response to the European Commission’s consultation on Quality Framework for Traineeships
Response to the Policy options for the Blueprint to safeguard Europe’s waters
Response to the European Commission’s Green Paper “Restructuring and Anticipation of Change: What lessons from recent experiences?”
Response to the first stage consultation on the possible review of Directive 2001/86EC supplementing statutes for a European Company with the regard to the involvement of employees
Response to the Green Paper on modernising the Professional Qualifications Directive
Response to the 2nd stage consultation on the Working Time Directive
Response to the draft directive on the workers protection from the risks related to exposure to electromagnetic fields at work
Response – A Basic Answer to the Commission Communication “Towards a Single Market Act”, Proposals for future EU policy on Services of General Interest
Response to the Green Paper towards adequate, sustainable and safe European pension systems, COM (2010) 365 final
Response to the public consultation of the Commission on the possible legislative initiative on service concessions
Response to the first stage consultation of the social partners by the European Commission on the reviewing of the Working Time Directive
Response to the consultation on the follow-up strategy to the Roadmap for Equality between Men and Women
Response to the first consultation of the social partners on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to electromagnetic fields at work
Answer to the EC Consultation of the European social partners for a review of the implementation of the Commission Communication and Decision of 20 May 1998
Response to the Consultation of the European Social Partners on the protection of workers from risks related to exposure to environmental tobacco smoke at the workplace


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