In the presence of Viorica Dăncilă, Prime Minister of Romania, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, CEEP Vice-President Milena Angelova addressed the Tripartite Social Summit today.
Highlighting the challenges and priorities for employers of public services and services of general interest, she said:
”The European social model is the biggest asset of the EU. It should be maintained in a sustainable manner through cultivating an innovative and competitive European economy, together with guaranteeing high-quality, affordable and accessible public services. This can only be achieved through investments in essential services.”
“It is important to stick to our joint commitment on the European economic governance, balancing structural reforms, fiscal stability and investment. The priority should now lie more specifically in well-targeted investments in physical and social infrastructures and in intangible assets, such as skills and competences, to foster productivity growth.”
“Finding a workforce with the appropriate skills remains a pressing challenge for many employers of public services. To tackle this, reliable anticipations of the skills supply and demand and of the EU labour market’s future structure are key, together with making VET a first-class option for learners and fostering permeability between VET and higher education. It means also an increased demand for STEM, digital and soft skills, and great needs for the upskilling and reskilling of employees.”
Ms Angelova concluded on the importance of social dialogue in this context: “We will need stronger social dialogue and social partners to anticipate these challenges through cooperation and negotiations. We have committed to doing so at European level in our new Work programme 2019-2021, and many of our members are already actively working in this direction.”