With the European Parliament elections 12 weeks away (22-25 May 2014), it is important that CESI’s affiliates are well informed about MEPs’ work. CESI is speaking to MEPs working in the Employment and Social Affairs Committee and beyond to keep you updated on relevant topics to our work and to find out in which direction MEPs would like to see the European Parliament take. This week, CESI spoke to Nadja Hirsch MEP, German MEP in the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.
This week, CESI President Romain Wolff and Secretary General Klaus Heeger welcomed the federal president of the Deutscher BundeswehrVerband DBwV (German Federal Armed Forces Association) Lieutenant Colonel André Wüstner, as well as other high ranking officials of the association in the CESI premises in Brussels. The DBwV joined CESI in December 2013.
Today (28 February) marks European Equal Pay Day, the date in the calendar year from which women really begin to be paid for their work as compared to men. This year women in Europe effectively work 59 days ‘for free’. The day brings attention to the injustice behind the gender pay gap between men and women.
The European Commission is in the midst of reviewing current VAT rules on the public sector. In answering to a Commission consultation, CESI is clear that simplification of regulation can in no way be at the expense of the quality of public services, nor should it put an additional financial burden on users. CESI equally strongly opposes any reform which has a negative impact on public employment, especially in times where job creation is lagging behind.
Today (25 February), the European Parliament passed, by 514 votes to 118 in its plenary session, a report on the European Semester for economic policy coordination: employment and social aspects. The report is reflective on how the EU’s cycle of economic policy coordination has developed since its inception, and gives recommendations on how the process should go forward this year and beyond. In January, CESI organised a breakfast seminar which called for a more open and inclusive process, in particular with an enhanced role for social partners and civil society.
Today, CESI President Romain Wolff joins the campaign to encourage voters to express what kind of Europe they want to see through participating in the upcoming European Parliament elections. With campaigning already underway throughout Europe, CESI has joined up with the European Movement International in a cross-border campaign which will encourage citizens to vote. CESI encourages all member organisations to follow in the footsteps of the CESI President, by telling us why they are voting for Europe.
With the elections to European Parliament in just over 3 months (22-25 May 2014), it is important that CESI’s members are well informed about the work of current MEPs. CESI is speaking to MEPs working in the Employment and Social Affairs Committee and beyond over the coming months to keep you updated on relevant topics to our work and to find out in which direction MEPs would like to see the work of the European Parliament going. This week, CESI spoke to Edit Bauer, Slovakian MEP in the European People’s Party.
This week (18 February), Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs László Andor, Commission and national government representatives, social partners and civil society gathered to debate the recent report on Employment and Social Developments in Europe 2013. Discussions were focused on what the report means for EU policy and how the data could inform policies in the field of employment and social affairs, particularly in the context of the European Semester.
This week (13th February) the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) of the European Parliament adopted a draft report criticising the work of the Troika in drawing up economic adjustment programmes for Greece, Portugal, Cyprus and Greece. CESI welcomes the report which highlights the damaging social impact of the measures taken. CESI recently had the opportunity to discuss these social implications with the rapporteur, Alejandro Cercas MEP (S&D, Spain).
Today (11 February 2014) marks 100 days until the European Parliament elections which will take place across Europe from 22-25 May 2014. To mark this important date in the EU calendar, CESI has joined up with the European Movement International in a cross-border campaign which will encourage citizens to go out and vote in the upcoming elections. CESI encourages all member organisations to follow in the footsteps of the youth representative Matthäus Fandrejewski and join the campaign.
On the occasion of its last plenary session (10th December 2013), the social dialogue committee at EU level for Central government administrations adopted two agreements which set out concrete proposals to improve working conditions. TUNED (the trade union delegation to which CESI belongs) and EUPAE (employers) agreed on measures to better anticipate change and called for a new Commission strategy to be set out on health and safety in the workplace.