On 28 June 2017, CEEP will hold its third Public Services Summit. The event will be held in Brussels (The SQUARE – Coudenberg Entrance, 1-3 Coudenberg), and you can register here.



9:30-9:45: Introduction by Katherina REICHE, CEEP President

9:45-11:15: Future of Europe: the big picture, discussion with Donald TUSK, President of the European Council

Brexit, populism, terrorism, the need for re-defining the concept of security and to gain back the citizens’ trust: Discussion with Donald Tusk, President of the European Council

From the changing face of terrorism and the rise of populism to the ongoing Brexit, the European Union faces unprecedented challenges. Is the EU sufficiently adapted to manage current disruptions and foster new strategies? Following the elections in France and in the UK, and with the Germans voting in September, June will be a key moment to address those central issues in this new European context.

This opening session will feature Donald Tusk, President of the EU Council, who will address all those burning questions with CEEP members and representatives of public services, and find ways for better cooperating between social partners, EU stakeholders, civil society and EU institutions.

11:15-11:30: Coffee break

11:30-12:30: Towards Future-Proof Public Services?

For the past few years, several disruptors have emerged and impacted the provision of public services: the emergence of digital technologies; the refugee crisis; the structural reforms; the negotiations of trade agreements with our partners around the world.

With a central societal role to play, the daily operations of providers of public services have been directly impacted by those issues.

This panel will gather providers of public services from different sectors, who will present the specific challenges they face and discuss the solutions they find. They will also be in position to test their ideas with representatives of youth organisations, who will present young people’s expectations regarding public services in the future.

  • Anna WIDEGREN, Secretary General, European Youth Forum
  • Sorcha EDWARDS, General Secretary, Housing Europe
  • Jurgen KLEINKNECHT, New Media Editorial Department, ZDF

12:30-14:00: Lunch break

14:00-15:15: Future of Social Europe, Future of Social Dialogue

In the Rome Declaration, Member States pledged to work towards “a Social Europe”, with explicit references to the “key role of social partners”. Social partners have a central role to play in developing the social dimension of the EU.

In parallel, the European Commission has set forward a proposal for an EU Pillar of Social Rights, which will be discussed and debated with all the stakeholders involved, such as Member States, the European Parliament and social partners. In this context, a Social Summit will be organised with the Swedish government in Gothenburg in November 2017, where further discussions will be held on Social Europe, and the role of social dialogue.

In this context, this session will take stock of this on-going process, and assess what future steps could be taken by EU decision-makers and EU social partners.

  • Marianne THYSSEN, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, European Commission
  • Maria João RODRIGUES, European Parliament Rapporteur on the EU Pillar of Social Rights
  • Irene WENNEMO, State Secretary to Minister for Employment and Integration, Swedish Government
  • Rudy DE LEEUW, President, ETUC

15:15-15:30: Coffee break

15:30-17:00: Future of Jobs and Growth

The research project “Mapping of Public Services” concluded that public services account for 30% of EU GDP and employ 26% of the EU workforce. On top of those direct jobs, public services contribute to creating additional indirect and induced jobs and to competitiveness of the EU economy. A favourable ground for investments needed to promote public services and ensure jobs and growth creation.

This panel will look at the different ways to go further than the EU Investment Plan, to maximize its potential and make sure that the completion of the EMU will create a policy mix conducive to growth and consequently to job creation in public services.

  • Valdis DOMBROVSKIS, Vice-president for Social Dialogue and the Euro, European Commission
  • Roberto GUALTIERI, Chair of the ECON committee, European Parliament (TBC)
  • Wilhem MOLTERER, Managing Director EFSI
  • Mariana MAZZUCATO, Economist, University of Sussex (TBC)

17:00-18:00: Future of Europe, Future of Democracy

“No time for business as usual.” Following the vote of the British to exit the EU, the rise of populist movements around Europe, and facing new challenges such as the return to isolationist policies in the USA, the EU leaders stated at multiple occasions that it was “no time for business as usual”. The European Commission engaged in a reflection on how to better regulate, took steps to increase transparency and build bridges to reconnect the EU projects and the citizens. The Bratislava Roadmap, the La Valletta Summit as well as the celebrations of the anniversary of the Rome Treaty are symbolic steps towards a new European Union, but are from being the end of a process. That process will only come to an end in June 2019 when Europeans will decide whether they still believe in a strong Europe when voting for the EP elections.

This panel will discuss the state of the European Union, address the role of public services in giving a new breath to the EU project, and discuss how stakeholders can contribute to the discussions and initiatives.


  • Klaus WELLE, Secretary-General, European Parliament
  • Petros FASSOULAS, General Secretary, European Movement International
  • Luca JAHIER, President, EESC Group III
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