I would like to start this editorial by renewing my congratulations to the 25 enterprises which were awarded the CEEP CSR Label on 14 November. Organised with CEEP France in the premises of our member Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, the awarding ceremony was a success, gathering “our” family around the contribution of public services’ providers to society and the future of the planet. Building up on the success of this event, CEEP will have more opportunities to profile the importance of our members for the whole society, with important upcoming events on the situation of SGIs in Greece and on Digitalisation.
First, CEEP is supporting the organization of the public hearing dedicated to SGIs in Greece by the European Parliament Intergroup on Public Services. The event is scheduled on 6 December (15:00-16:00), at the European Parliament in Brussels. “Preserving SGI Values in Times of Changes” will bring together Euclid Tsakaltos (Greek Minister of Finance), Valdis Dombrovskis (European Commission Vice-President for Social Dialogue and the Euro) and Dimitrios Papadimoulis (MEP and Vice-President of the European Parliament) to debate on the reforms currently underway in the Greek public services, and how to preserve the values of SGIs in this process.
Also, CEEP and EuroChambres are holding a roundtable event on Digitalisation, “Creating an Inclusive Digital Ecosystem”, which will take place on 14 December. For CEEP, this event will conclude the first year of activities of the CEEP Digitalisation Working Group, which already produced the Opinion “Harnessing the Digital Transformation of Public Services”. The event will gather stakeholders and policymakers, and will push forward the discussion on how businesses, public authorities, citizens and other stakeholders can collaborate to achieve an inclusive digital transformation. More specifically, on this occasion, CEEP intends to showcase the key role of public services’ providers in ensuring an inclusive digital transformation, beneficial to citizens, workers and private enterprises. Speakers will include, among others, Andrus Ansip (European Commission Vice-President, depending on the agenda of the European Parliament plenary session), Katherina Reiche (CEEP President), Jacek Krawczyk (President of the Employers’ Group of the European Economic and Social Committee) and Peter James Sant (Technical Attaché Industry at the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU, which will hold the rotating presidency of the EU in 2017). More information on the final agenda will be communicated shortly, but you can find here the draft agenda and invitation to the event, and you can already register via the following registration form.
CEEP General Secretariat is of course available to answer any questions regarding those 2 events. I look forward to meeting many of you on those occasions.