On Thursday 7 March 2019, CEEP held at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) its first event on the EU elections. Focused on the importance of participation and engagement, the event featured as speakers Luca Jahier, President of the EESC, MEP Karine Gloanec-Maurin, chair of the European Parliament Intergroup on Public Services, MEP Jo Leinen, Honorary President of the European Movement International, Christian Mangold, Director for Campaigns at the European Parliament, Petros Fassoulas, Secretary General of the European Movement International, and Tellervo Kyla-Harraka-Rounala, Vice-President of the EESC Employers’ group.

In his opening statement, Tom Beattie, CEEP Vice-President said:

“Ahead of the EU elections, the coming months will be very important for the EU and for CEEP. It will be a moment to make sure CEEP is seen and heard in the debate, and that candidates for a mandate at the European Parliament get a clear understanding of the importance of Europe, of public services and of services of general interest for citizens.”

Closing the event, Milena Angelova, CEEP Vice-President, a

“Focusing primarily on the importance of participation and engagement, this event was successful in bringing around the same table a broad range of actors from different horizons, in order to share ideas and thoughts. With the EU elections now two and a half months ahead of us, many new eligible decision-makers will need to get familiar with the EU, and the functioning of the EU institutions. It really is a capital moment: the EU institutions are called to give a new breath to our European project, and CEEP intends to stay active on those issues.”

On this occasion, CEEP also joined forces with the European Parliament ahead of the elections. Valeria Ronzitti, CEEP General Secretary, commented:

“The European Parliament’s campaign ‘This Time I’m Voting’, the EMI’s Democracy Alive festival, the rEUnaissance high-level conference of the EESC: those are all initiatives CEEP is being involved in, aimed at carrying this pro-democracy message. Both in their constituencies and in Brussels, our members are calling for such platforms for open and frank discussions on Europe, and to have a say on the future of its institutions, placing SGIs and public services at the core of it.”

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