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The Council Conclusions of 27 June are a first important step towards a new way of doing policy in Europe. The ‘Strategic agenda for the Union’ adopted by the Council put the emphasis more on the need of redefining European priorities than on finding the right individuals to realise them. “Now the follow up on the commitments taken must be ensured!”, noted Valeria Ronzitti, CEEP General Secretary. Continue reading

Ahead of the June EU Council, CEEP President Hans-Joachim Reck and CEEP General Secretary Valeria Ronzitti expressed their positions in a letter sent to Mr Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and to the Heads of State and Governments.

Considering the current political context, they stressed the importance of the announced Strategic Agenda for the Union: “The recent results of the European elections have shown the increasing demand to bring Europe closer to its citizens. Therefore, the upcoming European Council will be the occasion to pave the way towards a sustainable economic and social model that is able to answer the citizen’s expectations. The redefinition of these policies should come before the discussion on the right individuals to realize them”. Continue reading

BUSINESSEUROPE, CEEP and UEAPME have undertaken to conduct a project on the cost effectiveness of apprenticeships systems in 15 target countries . This project is led by BUSINESSEUROPE on behalf of the EU cross-industry employers’ organisations CEEP, and UEAPME, and requires EU financial support. The following organisations will also participate: European Roundtable of Industrialists, EUROCOMMERCE, CEEMET, Digital Europe, EUproVET, EFVET.

As the lead applicant, BUSINESSEUROPE has therefore applied for funding, on behalf of the EU cross-industry employers’ organisations, to carry out this project as part of the Integrated Projects of the EU social dialogue 2014-2016. A final decision by the European Commission on the allocation of funds is expected in September 2014. Once this is confirmed the project activities would commence in September/October 2014.

In the framework of this call, BUSINESSEUROPE, CEEP and UEAPME express their intention to select a subcontractor.

This call for tender constitutes the subcontracting work needed to carry out the 24-month activity entitled:

“The cost effectiveness of apprenticeship schemes –

making the business case for apprenticeships”

The tender specifications included in this document detail the background, tasks, price, and selection criteria and procedures regarding the subcontractor.

Possible bidders need to be aware that awarding of the subcontracting work is dependent on a Commission’s positive decision to grant financial support to this project. Moreover, changes to the present call for tender may be required, taking into account possible remarks from the European Commission. MORE: Call for tender tender – Project on Apprenticeships

CEEP calls on the future European Parliament to concentrate on effectively answering our demands during the upcoming five-year legislative term. This will improve the framework conditions in which public services’ employers and providers have to fulfil their mission and consequently imrpove the quality of life of European citizens.

To find more about our demands: PDF.

Why is CEEP the best to defend effective and quality public services: PDF.

Today CEEP took part in the briefing organized by DG Trade on the Public consultation on modalities for investment protection and ISDS in TTIP. In the first part of the meeting, Mr. Schlegelmilch, Director Services and Investment, highlighted that the aim of the Commission is to find a balance between “investors’ protection and the right for States to regulate.” Mr. Schlegelmilch further underlined the necessity of such a consultation in order to address shortcomings of some of the ISDS provisions.

CEEP, as well as numerous other stakeholders, raised concerns on the possibilities for private utilities to circumvent national legal systems and to potentially sue a State for implementing social and environmental policies. To the question whether or not ISDS was an appropriate tool to be included in TTIP, the Commission said it was beyond the boundaries of its mandate and not the goal of this consultation. Important questions  remains open, especially the one on the way this ongoing consultation on ISDS will impact negotiations on TTIP.

On all those matters  CEEP is currently consulting its members and will release its answer to the consultation on modalities for investment protection and ISDS in TTIP at the beginning of July. The Commission will publish a report on this consultation after the summer.

A ‘toolkit’ of initiatives to promote gender equality is launched today in Madrid in a joint initiative by European employers (CEEP, BusinessEurope, UEAPME) and trade union organisations (ETUC).

About 100 initiatives from 25 European countries are contained in the online toolkit accessible via:

www.resourcecentre.etuc.org/gendertoolkit

Or

www.erc-online.eu/gendertoolkit

It will be finalised by the EU social partners in the coming weeks.

The initiatives include:

  • A work environment based on social dialogue that offers work-life balance as a pre- requisite for successfully attracting and retaining talented employees at BOLIDEN Sweden
  • An additional day of paid leave for the first day of school in first grade of primary school or kindergarten is given to employees in MERCATOR Slovenia.
  • A calculator ‘Logib-D’ for voluntary measuring pay gap in the workplace between women and men.
  • “Spouse of a craftsman, is a true profession!” an initiative by CAPEB in France on the promotion of women in decision-making which acknowledges the role of co-working spouses, demanding the recognition of their professional activity and legal protection, as well as enhancing their role in the enterprise.
  • A collective agreement concluded by Saint-Gobain Italy for the promotion of “Positive Actions” in favour of gender equality at work, such as targeted training for women, facilitation of access to employment and career progression.
  • The CSC campaign against gender stereotypes: “J’efface les clichés, je bosse pour l’égalité” – “I erase stereotypes, I work for equality’.
  • Actions to encourage girls to choose STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – skills in education: MintRelation and Girls’Day, in Germany.

The European social partners – ETUC, BUSINESSEUROPE, UEAPME and CEEP – signed a ‘Framework of Actions on Gender Equality in 2005 to promote gender equality on the labour market and in the workplace. The toolkit being launched today outlines some of the successful initiatives of the organisations’ members to achieve this.

The toolkit shows the added value of the social dialogue between employers and trade unions, and highlights their commitment and key role in enhancing gender equality throughout the EU. Through such social dialogue reaching equality between women and men can be speeded up.

PDF version of the joint press release: PDF

Valeria Ronzitti, General Secretary, presented CEEP’s (the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public services) key messages for the European elections. She also revealed the new visual identity of the association.

With the European elections in sight, CEEP intends to have its voice heard. ”We want future members of the European Parliament to be aware of the importance of public services. We want them to adopt a long-term vision when planning for the future. We want them to promote EU policies contributing to the development of a smart, sustainable and inclusive Europe, based on quality, accessible and effective public services”, pointed out Valeria Ronzitti. The questions related to sustainability, as well as innovation, research and education, are on top of the priorities for CEEP. Continue reading

“Structural reforms, in particular deep labour market reforms, are the only way out of long-term unemployment if social partners themselves have not been able to timely anticipate change and negotiate new frameworks for working conditions and contractual arrangements”, stated Valeria Ronzitti intervening today in Athens at the Informal meeting of Employment Ministers with the European Social Partners. Continue reading

“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.” Continue reading

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