Today [17th July 2020], CEEP took part in the informal meeting of employment and social affairs ministers (EPSCO) organised by the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Held via videoconference, the meeting was hosted from Berlin by Hubertus Heil, Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs of Germany, and also featured the participation of Nicolas Schmit, Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, the 27 ministers of employment and social affairs, and the prominent economist Mariana Mazzucato.
Addressing the plenary session on “The Social Dimension of Europe’s Recovery”, Valeria Ronzitti, CEEP General Secretary, said:
“There is a growing understanding about the business case for a stronger role of the public sector in ensuring an inclusive and sustainable growth. Public services are not only there to intervene in case of market failure.”
“The structural vulnerabilities highlighted by the pandemic are the result of years of under-investment in essential services. The recovery must be built on a new paradigm, recognising that investing in SGIs is the condition to efficiently combine sustainable economic growth and social welfare. This should be one of the main lessons from the COVID-19 crisis.”
“CEEP calls for stronger links between Employment and Finance Ministers at national and EU level when discussing the National Recovery Plans. Social partners are also an essential part of the equation to guarantee that those Recovery Plans are genuine “resilience plans” with a strong growth and job creation component, opposed to short-term “survival” and financial rescue plans.”