With only a couple of months left before the year 2018 ends, all eyes are turning to 2019 with challenging European elections coming ahead. The European Commission is well-aware that we are at a turning point for the European project. This is why its recently-published work programme for 2019 is focused almost entirely on delivering on the pending priorities, while paving the way to the Sibiu Summit to be held on 9 May 2019, where the EU of 27 will shape its own future for 2025.
Against that background, CEEP has engaged over the past few months in an in-depth reflection about the strategy to adopt ahead of the May 2019 elections. Whilst European political parties have started their internal consultations to prepare electoral programmes and identify their leaders, we have also put on the tables our key messages for the legislative period.
Discussed and validated by the General Assembly in Sofia on 1st June, the “CEEP Priorities for 2019-2024” highlights both overarching challenges and specific priorities for public services and SGIs. More precisely, the document emphasizes the role of providers of public services and of services of general interest in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals and the importance of digitalization for the workforce, for mobility in smart connected cities or for developing climate-friendly and affordable housing solutions.
CEEP members have also identified and brought forward a set of 5 key priorities and commitments made by providers of public services and SGIs:
- Set up a fair and predictable level-playing field for SGIs;
- Promote active social dialogue at EU and national level;
- Create an attractive investment environment;
- Support the integration of migrants and refugees;
- Strengthen democracy through cohesion and subsidiarity.
Making clear the role of providers of services of general interest in the EU social model, CEEP is paving the way for increased visibility and presence at EU level in the upcoming legislative period. In the current context of democratic crisis, one of our clear intentions is to better articulate the discussion between the European debate and the national/local issues.
One way to better articulate those discussions is to increase the synergies with our national sections and engage with political parties at both the EU and the local level. Such approach will better emphasise the importance of CEEP members, impacting citizens’ lives on a daily basis whilst ensuring a fair treatment at EU level.
We will keep engaging in the coming months with all stakeholders, in order to make a difference and ensure that our voice is heard from day 1 after the European elections.
In the meanwhile, I wish you a good read of this Newsletter, addressing important issues for provision of public services and SGIs, such as the revision of the DWD and the growing role of social services’ employers in the cross sectoral social dialogue, just to name a few.
 The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. More on the UN website: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/