CEEP has called upon all EU associations representing providers of services of general interest to contribute to the work of a dedicated “SGIs facing COVID-19” platform. Featuring examples and messages of the associations part of this platform, this page will be regularly updated, highlighting the short-term effects of the ongoing crisis, as well as preparing for the “day after” with proposals for long-term political solutions.

SGIs facing COVID-19 – Examples across Europe

Fire brigade
Local Government
Public Administration
Social Services
Social Protection

Video produced by VÖWG and VKÖ highlighting the relevance of services of general interest in the management of the COVID-19 crisis:

SGIs facing COVID-19 – Statements and calls for actions


CEEP Position Papers
I. Contribution to sharpening Emergency Measures
II. The Design of an Efficient and Unified Economic Response
III. The Path to Recovery: a Strong MFF and an Unprecedented Investment Plan
IV. CEEP Opinion on the Next Generation EU recovery instrument

CEEP Messages and Press Releases
21 July 2020 – Press Release – MFF & Next Generation EU: Good for the Short-Term, Work to be done on the long-term
17 July 2020 – Press Release –  CEEP at the Informal EPSCO organised by the German Presidency of the Council of the EU
23 June 2020: Press Release – CEEP President Plassmann and General Secretary Ronzitti addressed the Tripartite Social Summit
27 May 2020: Press Release – CEEP comments on the EU recovery plan proposed by the European Commission
11 May 2020: Public Services and Services of General Interest on the Frontline Against COVID-19 – CEEP contribution to the magazine “Our World – Struck by the Pandemic”
5 May 2020: Press Release – CEEP Addresses the Impacts of COVID-19 on Demographic Change and Labour Markets at the Informal EPSCO
15 April 2020: Press Release – “Coordination between Member States is central when lifting containment measures”, says CEEP
27 March 2020: Press Release – Launch of the EU Platform “Services of General Interest facing COVID-19”
26 March 2020: CEEP Letter to the European Council on the COVID-19 emergency
26 March 2020: Press Release – EU welfare systems and the social market economy must be preserved, Whatever It Takes
13 March 2020: Press Release – CEEP Reacts to the European Commission’s Response to Counter the Economic impact of COVID-19

Joint Statement of the EU Social Partners (CEEP, ETUC, BusinessEurope, SMEUnited)
23 April 2020: Joint letter of the EU Social Partners (ETUC, BusinessEurope, CEEP, SMEUnited) to President von der Leyen, ahead of the European Council
23 April 2020: Joint input of the EU Social Partners (ETUC, BusinessEurope, CEEP, SMEUnited) to the European Council
24 March 2020: Statement of the European Social Partners (ETUC, BusinessEurope, CEEP, SMEUnited) to the European Council on the COVID-19 emergency
16 March 2020: Statement of the European Social Partners (ETUC, BusinessEurope, CEEP, SMEUnited) to the ECOFIN on the COVID-19 emergency

Partners’ organisations

EFEE (30 June 2020): EFEE Statement on the impact of COVID-19 on sustainable education systems at times of crisis and beyond
(19 June 2020): EBU Members Rise to the Challenge of COVID-19 Content Crisis
(28 May 2020): A Green Recovery Plan continues to be necessary
Housing Europe
(26 May 2020): Housing in the Coronavirus European Semester
(25 May 2020):  MFF and COVID recovery
Aqua Publica Europea
(30 April 2020): Aqua Publica European Members’ Response to COVID-19
(28 April 2020): Our latest open letter to the European Institutions: the next stages for public transport during COVID-19
(27 April 2020): The Impact of COVID-19 on Disability Services in Europe
(16 April 2020): Statement from EurEau on Covid-19 and water services
CEMR (15 April 2020): Recommendations to better implement the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiatives
Aqua Publica Europea (7 April 2020): Aqua Publica Europea members ensuring tap water safety during the COVID-19 crisis and video to thank the personnel from public water operators for their dedication during the crisis 
EBU (3 April 2020): Coronavirus Crisis – EBU Calls on Governments to uphold Independence on Public Service Media
HOSPEEM (3 April 2020): Statement on COVID-19 outbreak – The impact on the health services and the need to support joint measures across Europe
CEMR (3 April 2020): Cohesion funds to receive much-needed flexibility to fight COVID-19
UITP (26 March 2020): An Open Letter for the European Institutions: UITP and fellow associations advocate for the continuity of public transport
HOPE (26 March 2020): Press release to supporting professionals of the healthcare sector
(25 March 2020): Public Service Media are Trusted Source of Information on COVID-19 Crisis
CER (24 March 2020): COVID-19 | Transport keeps us going
EBU (23 March 2020): Public Service Media Provide Support to Audiences in Times of Crisis
Aqua Publica Europea (19 March 2020): Joint Statement – European public water operators commit to the continuity of water services in response to COVID-19 emergency
(19 March 2020): Railway operations during COVID-19
HOPE, with AIM, CPME and ESIP (18 March 2020): Joint letter to the European Commission concerning the COVID-19 pandemic
EASPD, with the European Ageing Network
 (11 March 2020): Letter to Urusla von der Leyen, President of the European Commission


European Investment Bank (21 April 2020):EIB and five national promotional institutions to cooperate in the fight against Covid-19
European Commission
(14 April 2020): Waste management in the context of the coronavirus crisis
International Labour Organisation
(7 April 2020): ILO Monitor 2nd edition: COVID-19 and the world of work
French Government
(24 March 2020): Letter of support to Telecommunications operators
Committee of the Regions
(20 March 2020): COVID-19: CoR President calls for an EU Health Emergency Mechanism to support regions and cities

Partners in the ‘SGIs facing COVID-19’ platform

Members of the Public Services’ Employers Forum (PSEF)

Other Partners

Should your organisation be interested in this platform, please contact us at GeneralSecretary@ceep.eu.

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