The European Commission published today [5th February 2020] its communication laying out its plans regarding the future review of the EU Economic Governance. Kicking off a consultation process that will last until the end of the year, this communication takes stock of the achievements and shortcomings of the current EU Economic Governance framework.

Reacting to this first communication of on the topic, Valeria Ronzitti, CEEP General Secretary, said:

For years now, CEEP has been a vocal promoter of a review of the Stability and Growth Pact and of the overall EU economic governance. We therefore welcome today’s launch of the consultation process by the European Commission. Today’s announcement should kick-off a broad and constructive conversation on how we could, together and in full transparency, improve the rules governing the EU economic governance.”

“The EU is faced with numerous challenges, such as supporting the digital transition or addressing climate change and its consequences. CEEP believes that adapting our economic governance with a more flexible approach is now more than needed, and that Member States should be further encouraged to invest and to adopt growth-friendly fiscal policy. More flexible fiscal rules should be one of main tools to use in order to reach that goal.”

“With its members, CEEP will actively contribute to the discussion, and calls the European Commission to keep his promises and deliver on this file. This consultation will be an important barometer to judge the commitment of this European Commission to the other institutions, social partners and other stakeholders.”

This is a call for a subcontractor to provide expertise as part of the implementation of the ETUC project on “Improving social partners’ involvement in EU support for public investments in training and education” (with support of CEEP).
In order to ensure a large visibility of this call for tender, the ETUC will publish the tender specifications on its website, on Friday 15 January 2016, and keep it online for 24 calendar days (deadline for submission of bids: Monday 8 February 2016).

Complete call for tender (PDF)

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

Fora for the improvement of expertise in Industrial Relations
The overall objective of this project was to promote expertise, exchange of information and good practices between public service providers, to develop tools to better anticipate and manage change and to develop partnerships to better tackle these issues in the future.
The specific objectives of this project were to:
Create a platform to improve the knowledge of change in Public Services.This will have the shape of a council bringing together key experts and specialists in the fields related to change in Public Services.
Deepen the contacts between employers of Public Services in the cross-sectoral and the sectoral social dialogues through the continuation of the Public Service Employers Forum.
As a consequence of the two above-mentioned objectives, the project also aimed to raise and explore issues that are of interest to Social Partners in view of defining new scope for initiatives. 
The final conference of the project took place the 16 – 17 February 2012 with the participation of various keynote speakers such as Koos Richelle, Director General of the Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities Directorate General, Erika Mezger, Deputy Director of Eurofound together with representatives of the European Economic and Social Committee and the political representatives of the Public Services Employers’ Forum.
Key political outcome: Public Services Employers’ Forum signed a joint declaration
Members of the Public Services Employers’ Forum (PSEF) signed a joint declaration on 17 February 2012 highlighting some of the most important challenges for public services at a time of tightening budgets, and setting out how public services employers can work together to tackle these common issues.
The joint declaration highlights the critical contribution of public services providers to the economy. Public services provide the core infrastructure for the functioning of the economy and society. They contribute more than 26% of the EU GDP and employ around 64 million people, corresponding to around 30% of the EU workforce.
As a consequence, partners of the PSEF call upon governments and the European Commission to recognise the adverse long-term effects of the reductions in investments and the lack of recognition of public services obligations. They also called for a greater involvement of social partners in the decision-making process and in the planning of upcoming reforms, so as to avoid detrimental effects of austerity measures on service quality.The joint declaration was presented in view of the upcoming Tripartite Social Summit on 1 March 2012.
Signatories to this 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. 
Press Release 
Joint Declaration 
Final Report of the Conference 
Conference documents 
Briefing documents for participants 
Fact sheet for the preparatory meetings:
Liberalisation and increasing competition 
Sustainable financing: Ensuring current and future needs 
Change and its impact on human resources 
Demographic Change and Public Services
Skills development in the context of restructuring in Public Services   


















































































The project partners are:
CEEP Coordinator of the project ETUC European Trade Union Confederation
EURELECTRIC Union of Electricity Industry EPSU Public Services Union
HOSPEEM Hospital & Healthcare sector Eurocadres Professional & Managerial staff
CER Railway ETF Public Transport
PostEurop Europe Postal Services ETUCE European Trade Union Committee for Education
CEMR Municipalities & Regions
EFEE European Federation of Education Employers


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