Today [10th July 2019], Valeria Ronzitti, CEEP General Secretary, discussed the role of “Cohesion Policy in achieving the EU’s strategic objectives”, and how providers of public services and services of general interest can support the Cohesion Policy. The event, “Together for a strong Cohesion policy 2021-2027”, was organised by the European Committee of the Regions’ Cohesion Alliance (gathering decision-makers and stakeholders, including CEEP, supportive of a strong Cohesion Policy).
Focusing on the importance of a strong Cohesion Policy for the construction of a Social Europe and the part of public services’ providers in this, Ms Ronzitti said:
- “Member of the Cohesion Alliance, CEEP represents providers of services of general interest which are vital to most social and economic activities. They are therefore instrumental in reaching the EU’s objectives in general and play a part that is necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The characteristics of the provision of public services as an activity – such as affordability, universality, consistency – can inspire the efficiency of policies fostering social and geographical cohesion.”
- “We expect that the link between the European Semester and the EU Cohesion Policy will lead to a better and more effective programming exercise, and to better and more focused investments. We hope that this link will help achieve progress through implementing the investment-related aspects of the country-specific recommendations, as part of the future of the European Semester.”
- “Cohesion Policy is designed to make European societies more equal, more stable and more coherent from a social perspective. The contribution of the Cohesion Policy to turning the Pillar of Social Rights into a tangible reality is obvious. Implementing the Pillar of Social Rights should therefore go hand in hand with the Cohesion Policy’s overall funding. Upward convergence should remain a strategic objective of the Union, and Cohesion Policy has a key part to play in it.”