Between the election of Rainer Plassmann as new CEEP President and the discussions on the EU Strategic Agenda 2019-2024, June has been a particularly busy month for CEEP.
First of all, I would like to reiterate my congratulations to our new CEEP President, Rainer Plassmann, who was unanimously elected on 27 June 2019. Rainer is a convinced European, a great defender of SGIs and the best placed to lead the CEEP presidential team until December 2020, with the start of a new institutional cycle during which our priority will be to put public services and SGIs at the top of the agendas of the European Commission, European Parliament and Council.
At the European level, and following the May European elections, the setup for the next five years is slowly coming into place. Whilst an agreement has not yet been reached on the names of the future institutional leaders (for the presidencies of the European Commission, of the European Parliament, of the European Council, of the European Central Bank and the High-Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy), the EU leaders have nevertheless progressed on the policy-content side.
Initiated on 9 May at the extraordinary informal Council Summit in Sibiu, the EU Strategic Agenda 2019-2024 was formally adopted by EU leaders during the European Council on 20 June. This Agenda is articulated around four main priorities:
- Protecting citizens and freedoms
- Developing our economic base: the European social model for the future
- Building a climate-neutral, green, fair and social Europe
- Promoting Europe’s interests and values in the world
This June Newsletter will mainly focus on the identification of the main elements relevant for CEEP actions in the future.
The adoption and publication of the EU Strategic Agenda end a process in which CEEP remained vocal, engaging with EU leaders early in the process – a CEEP delegation met with Presidents Tusk and Juncker ahead of the Sibiu Summit. With both a statement on the Strategic Agenda highlighting the contribution of public services and SGIs to the EU project, as well as our climate paper, CEEP provided valuable inputs on the preparation process. Thanks to us, the Strategic Agenda recognises the importance of engaging with social partners and increasing public and private investments in infrastructures.
Whilst the future of EU leaders is still unclear, the Strategic Agenda provides a broad framework of political priorities. Remaining broad on the implementation, it provides room for manoeuvre for further inputs, as the new European Commission and Parliament will have to translate those policy objectives in proposals.
CEEP is committed to being an active player in the future developments and positions itself as a reliable and strong partner early in the new emerging EU landscape.
I wish you a good read.