The announcement, on 17 October, that the new European Commission will take office at least one month later than planned following the rejection of 3 candidate-Commissioners by the European Parliament has prolonged the transition period for the EU institutions.
This delay in the official start of the new College is however not slowing down the pace of our lobby activities. Whilst already establishing contacts with the future College about proposals due within the first 100 days, we have also been very active on the European Parliament side, mainly to secure the renewal of the Intergroup on Public Services and Services of General Interest.
The Intergroup has been active over the last ten years in stimulating discussions both amongst MEPs, as well as between MEPs and many external stakeholders, on questions of public services and services of general interest. It answers the need to discuss public services and SGIs with a transversal and open approach, and the Intergroup has been the only body specifically addressing this angle at European level. This goal should remain central in the new term, with an increasingly broader support from all political groups.
If it passes the vote by the Conference of Presidents in December, the intergroup will be chaired by Elisabetta Gualmini (IT, S&D), and co-chaired by Adam Jarubas (PL, EPP), Radan Kanev (BG, EPP), Anna Cavazzini (DE, Greens), Monika Vana (AT, Greens), Heléne Fritzon (SE, S&D), and Christophe Grudler (FR, Renew), ensuring a broad representation of the political families of the European Parliament. The different political groups will decide later in November which intergroups they will support. It is therefore important to continue the efforts and engage with MEPs to ensure their support.
Finally, preparations for our Public Services Summit 2019, which will be held at the EU Committee of the Regions in Brussels on 12 December, are also gearing up. The registration procedure was opened for our members earlier this month. Addressing more specifically the social, environmental and economic priorities of the new European Commission, this event aims at placing CEEP and its members at the heart of the sustainable transition. Please find here the draft agenda. We will keep you posted about the speakers in the upcoming weeks, and look forward to seeing you on this occasion. Please get in touch if you have any enquiries.
We will surely keep you updated in the coming weeks!