Today [3rd November 2020], Valeria Ronzitti, CEEP General Secretary, and Tor Hatlevoll, chair of CEEP Macroeconomics Task Force, addressed the Macroeconomic Dialogue at political level, in the presence of, amongst others, Olaf Scholz, German Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister of Finance, Christine Lagarde, European Central Bank President, Pascal Donohue, Eurogroup President, and Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission Executive Vice-President for an Economy that Works for People.
Addressing the EU responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, Valeria Ronzitti, CEEP General Secretary, commented:
“We believe that short term work schemes are useful in mitigating the impact of the crisis on employment levels. We call for all Member States to maintain short term work schemes. Together with the temporary framework for state aid and the SGP escape clause, these short-term work schemes remain central to mitigate the ongoing crisis.”
“We strongly welcome the ambition of the Commission to use this crisis to transform our economy: Next Generation EU and the Recovery and the Resilience Facility respond to this call, and push for a change of paradigm in favour of structural, long-term quality investments in essential services.
We will only rebuild our economy through investments in knowledge, in new technologies, green and digital and in the successful reskilling and upskilling of the workforce to achieve higher productivity. Education and training are the perfect companion to short-term working schemes to that aim.”
“Our members stand ready to provide long-term investment plans to feed in the National Recovery and Resilience Plans. The implementation of the RRF must propose solutions to tackle issues such as energy poverty, housing overcrowding and access to quality and affordable healthcare and education. This can be done through both new funding opportunities and new structural reforms. The RRF can bring to life the spirit of the European Pillar of Social Rights, and its ambition to improve access to essential services.”