Today [5 April 2019], in Bucharest, CEEP and the EU cross-industry social partners exchanged views with EU Ministers of Economic and Financial Affairs during the informal ECOFIN meeting.
Highlighting the challenges and priorities for providers of public services and services of general interest, CEEP General Secretary Valeria Ronzitti said:
“CEEP would like to thank Minister Teodorovici and the Romanian presidency for having answered to a long-standing call by the Social Partners to be invited to informal ECOFIN meetings. As social partners, we are at the center of shaping economic and social policies and facilitating reforms; that is why we believe we can bring real added value, and call on the future Presidencies to follow this example.”
“CEEP welcomes the agreement reached at technical level on the future Capital Markets Union, which bears great potential in granting better access to public markets for SMEs. We believe that more should be done to help Member States achieve more competitiveness and convergence through the coverage of the costs of some relevant structural reforms and investments.”
“We are strongly concerned by the existing divergences between Member States, which are particularly noticeable following the enlargements of 2004, 2007 and 2013. CEEP remains a strong supporter of well-designed stimulus programmes and quality-targeted investments.
We believe they are a key ingredient in ensuring social and territorial cohesion in Europe. More should now be done to ensure that structural funds become more flexible and effective to counter the worrying trend of widening regional disparities.”