This morning [13 December 2017], Katherina Reiche, President of the German section of CEEP and Chief Executive Officer of the German Association of Local Utilities (VKU), was re-elected CEEP President by the General Assembly of the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services and Services of General Interest (CEEP).
Ms Reiche will work in close cooperation with CEEP Vice-Presidents Milena Angelova (BICA, BG), Tom Beattie (CEEP UK) and Filippo Brandolini (UTILITALIA, IT) until the end of their mandate in December 2022.
Following her election, Ms Reiche (VKU, Germany) said:
“One of the priorities of this mandate will be to further promote the added value of CEEP, both at Member State level and in Brussels. It will also be crucial for CEEP and the future of employers and enterprises providing SGIs to quickly identify our priorities and action plan ahead of the European elections of 2019. I am fully committed to doing everything necessary to give enterprises and employers of public services and services of general interest the visibility they deserve.”
CEEP Vice-Presidents Milena Angelova, Tom Beattie and Filippo Brandolini commented:
Milena Angelova (BICA, Bulgaria): “Over the past few years, CEEP has achieved important results, strengthening its internal governance, increasing its visibility in Brussels and in Member-States, continuing efforts for the recruitment of new members and positively influencing EU legislation. This new mandate for the Presidential Team will allow us to continue this positive work.”
Tom Beattie (CEEP UK): “Following the decision of the UK voters to exit the European Union, CEEP UK remains committed to a positive and constructive dialogue between the United Kingdom and the European Union. As it is important to avoid burning all the bridges, this new mandate will be for the Presidential Team an opportunity to work for a positive future relationship between EU and UK.”
Filippo Brandolini (UTILITALIA, Italy): “Modern public services and services of general interest (SGIs), serve the fundamental goals of the EU, supporting business, social and territorial cohesion, economic and social solidarity and a better quality of life for all citizens, as well as sustainable development and circular economy. I am confident that the range of expertise and geographical balance of the CEEP Presidential team will allow us to carry our message throughout Europe, especially ahead of the European elections in 2019.”