Dear readers,

With the EU elections approaching, the EU co-legislators are speeding up the process of adopting their last proposals, whilst preparing the ground for the new, post-26 May, institutional setup.

Important files wrapping up include, amongst others, the Clean Energy Package and the final activities of the REFIT Platform, whose mandate will end on 31 October 2019, and which recently approved its Opinion on “transparent transposition”, prepared and pushed for by CEEP and addressing the consequences of ‘gold-plating” in the transposition of EU legislations. You can read more in this Newlstter.

CEEP also highlighted its profile at the highest level, ahead of the May elections. Indeed, on 20 March, CEEP Vice-President Milena Angelova addressed the Tripartite Social Summit (TSS), in the presence of Viorica Dăncilă, Prime Minister of Romania, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. Organised every semester by the European Council, the TSS is the ideal platform to highlight our key messages for the future socio-economic development of the EU and remind EU leaders and social partners about the central role of high-quality, affordable and accessible public services and SGIs in the EU social model.

With two months to go before the EU elections, this TSS was of particular importance for CEEP. Together with ETUC, BusinessEurope and SMEunited, CEEP issued a joint statement, highlighting that “democracy needs to be lived in order to remain alive”, and “urging citizens across Europe to go out and vote in the European elections from 23-26 May 2019 in order to have a say on the future and to defend democracy, sustainable economic growth and social justice.”

For CEEP, this commitment is translated into the organisation of a series of events, gathering around the table EU decision-makers, CEEP members and institutional players. Kicking off these events, our first  debate was held at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels on 7th March 2019, with the participation of, amongst others, 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. At this occasion, CEEP officially supported the EP campaign “This time I am voting”

Our members are also active on the ground, with events organised with candidates to the European elections already scheduled in Germany, in France, in Luxembourg and in the Netherlands. Going beyond the political divide, those events highlight the importance of exchanging on the European project and engaging in a constructive cooperation at all levels.

The next important event CEEP is associated with is the Democracy Alive, in Texel, on 11-14 April 2019, where we will have the opportunity to exchange with citizens, EP candidates and other organisations.

We look forward to all those future opportunities to exchange views and reinforce our standing before and after the elections. Coordinated actions, at the EU, national and local levels, are the best way to increase the reach.

I wish you a good read.

Kind regards,
Valeria Ronzitti

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