Dear readers,

Following the vote of the European Parliament on 16 July 2019, Ursula von der Leyen is guaranteed to become the next President of the European Commission, and the first woman to reach that position.

Pledging a gender-balanced College of Commissioners, Ms von der Leyen has now engaged with Heads of state and of government to compose her team, who will have to convince and receive the confidence of the European Parliament. If all goes as scheduled, the new European Commission is expected to enter into function on 1 November 2019, taking over from Jean-Claude Juncker and his team.

After the election of Davide Sassoli as President of the European Parliament, and before Charles Michel takes over the Presidency of the European Council on 1 December, the renewal of the leadership of EU institutions is now in full swing. Just as for most EU associations, this moment is capital for CEEP. It is indeed an important opportunity to position our agenda, our members, our questions and positions. It is now up to CEEP and its members to make the best use of this moment.

The relaunch of Public Services Employers Forum, the efforts to set up a modernised European Parliament Intergroup on Public Services and SGIs, the high-level conferences of the Finnish Presidency and the Tripartite Social Summit, will all give CEEP the opportunity to shine.

The Public Services Summit, on 12 December 2019, will be the occasion for CEEP to close this exercise. We invite you to already save the day. For its 4th edition, the PSS will aim at:

  • Positioning CEEP as THE cross-sectoral representative of public services’ employers and providers;
  • Placing our topics and our vision for the future of public services and SGI in the discussions, including our contribution to decarbonisation and digitalisation;
  • Highlighting the outcomes of social dialogue;
  • Taking stock of the EU elections, and how we could move forward and further promote the democratic values.

All the preparatory work engaged in the past few weeks and months should now bring its fruits and provide us with a valuable spot in the EU institutional landscape.

Those activities will keep both the CEEP General Secretariat and the members active, calling for proactivity and reactivity, immediately after the summer break. In the meanwhile, CEEP Newsletter and Newsflashes will take a one-month recess and will be back in September.

I wish you a good read, and a great summer!

Kind regards,

Valeria Ronzitti

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