Today [7th November 2019], Valeria Ronzitti, CEEP General Secretary, addressed the Macroeconomic Dialogue at political level, in the presence of, amongst others, Christine Lagarde, European Central Bank President, Mário Centeno, Eurogroup President, and Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission Vice-President for Social Dialogue and the Euro.
Addressing the role of education and training in facing the challenges of digitalization, demographic transition and climate change, Ms Ronzitti stressed:
- The central role of public services and services of general interest in the European economy: “Despite the generalized economic slowdown, the service sector is currently the “silver lining” of our economy. Public services and services of general interest are in this context essential for the welfare of citizens and play a major role in maintaining wage stability and household consumption.”
- The need for better coordination: “CEEP welcomes the joint policy debate organised by the Finnish Presidency, bringing around the same table the Economic and Financial Affairs Council and the Education and Youth Council on 8 November. Such courageous initiative should help to identify pathways to address the existing investment gap in education infrastructure.”
- The current gaps in investment in social infrastructure: “The report of the High-Level Task Force on Investing in Social Infrastructure in Europe ‘Boosting Investment in Social Infrastructure in Europe’ identified a gap of EUR 15 bn in social infrastructure. We see two pathways to address this issue: public funding will be indispensable, while there is also a great potential to introduce alternative financial models, merging private and public funds.”