Tax fraud and tax evasion will feature at the heart of the European Council debates at today’s Summit (22 May). As underlined by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, this is an issue of crucial importance for Europe’s economy and social cohesion. Tax evasion was chosen to be at the centre of discussions in an attempt ‘to seize the current political momentum and to provide further impetus to our European efforts to improve the efficiency of our tax policies’, according to Van Rompuy.
The Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CESI) and the Union of Finance Personnel in Europe (UFE) have recently established a joint position (PDF) on the European Commission’s Action Plan ‘to strengthen the fight against tax fraud and tax evasion’.
Tuesday 14 May saw stakeholders from all sectors of society (the Institutions, trade unions, think-tanks, national representations and other NGO’s) come together to debate The Importance of the Public Sector in times of Economic Crisis, which took into account public services in both their current state and their future.
The Justice Trade Council met at the end of last week (Friday 10 May) to elect the new Board and to discuss issues of serious concern for CESI member organisations, such as the importance of quality work for workers in prison in Europe.
As COREPER meets (8 May 2013) to take a decision on the findings of their Working Party for Staff Regulation´s, civil servants of the European Institutions will be protesting in front of the Council building, voicing their objections to the measures being imposed on them.
On Friday 3rd May, the European Commission published its Spring Economic Forecast for 2013. There is certainly no cause for celebration, with the forecast outlining a slowly recovering EU economy but one which is surrounded by a great deal of uncertainty for the coming months. Most worryingly are the employment rates which are set to reduce by a further 0.5% in the EU as a whole and by 0.75% in the Euro area.
This year’s spring meeting of CESI’s Post and Telecoms Trade Council (26 April 2013) was hosted by the Kosovar organisation FSP-PTK (Eurofedop)in the country’s capital Pristina.
The Security Trade Council met on Monday 29 April with a full agenda to discuss EU priorites in Justice and Home Affairs, as well as to appoint its new Board. Gerrit van de Kamp (Eurofedop) was elected as president, with Stephanie Larosa (FP CGC/Alliance) and Herman Benker (dbb) assuming the roles of vice-president. CESI would like to thank José Razafindranaly (FGAF), as the out-going vice-president, for the work achieved during his mandate in the Security Trade Council.
This week CESI and its member organisations came together to discuss the White Paper put forward by the European Commission on “An Agenda for Adequate, Safe and Sustainable Pensions”. The event marks the second CESI@noon in 2013, and so becoming a regular feature in the CESI calendar.
A loss of confidence from European citizens in the institutions, the serious issue of unemployment and the highly anticipated return to a genuine social dialogue were among the main themes of the ILO conference. CESI President Romain Wolff participated in the conference which took place in Oslo from 8th April to 11th April.