Dear readers,

Ahead of the presentation of the Commission’s proposal for the upcoming Multi-Annual Financial Framework on 2 May, CEEP is intensifying its activities aiming at making its voice heard in the shaping of the future of the EU, liaising with important partners and setting up its priorities.

The first important example of our commitment to play a central role in the upcoming debate will be the CEEP-BICA seminar “Public services as drivers of sustainable development and growth in Europe”, to be held in Sofia on 1 June with the support of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU. The event will showcase the commitments of EU employers and providers of public services and services of general interest, as well as the fundamental role they play in the European Cohesion Policy, in making the Pillar of Social Rights a reality for EU citizens and in supporting the environmental and sustainable transition of Europe. To register or get further information, we invite you to contact CEEP Communication Officer Maxime Staelens (maxime.staelens@ceep.eu; +32 2 229 21 40).

CEEP is also partnering with the European Movement International for the Sharing Europe event in The Hague on 25 and 26 May. Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Congress of Europe and the foundation of the EMI, this event will feature talks from high-level representatives and thought leaders, creatives and critical voices in agora sessions in an open and inclusive format. It will be an ideal platform for CEEP to further promote its messages and emphasise the importance of public services and services of general interest in building the EU social market economy.

Our commitment to the shaping and building of the future of Europe is also clear in the policy field, and in our relations with the different EU institutions. The upcoming European elections, to be held on 23-26 May 2019, and the subsequent reshuffling within the EU institutions, will provide an important opportunity to further promote our vision for the Future of Europe, where EU institutions address the overarching issues, leaving local, regional and national authorities the freedom to liaise at best with citizens, including on the best way to provide public services and SGIs. Only such an articulation between the different levels of power will give the ownership of the EU project back to citizens, relying on national, regional and local parliaments and authorities to genuinely involve citizens in the reflection.

Whilst the EU is at a crossroads, it is the perfect moment to make sure our vision for the Future of Europe is well heard, based on the core principles of proportionality and subsidiarity. Our members, providers and employers of public services, can play an important role in giving the ownership of the European project back to citizens, and reignite the European dream.

I wish you a good read.

Kind regards,

Valeria Ronzitti

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