This week, CESI celebrated its 25-year anniversary. During a ceremony on Tuesday evening, the CESI leadership and General Secretariat welcomed representatives from member organisations and European stakeholder groups, long-standing companions, current and previous CESI mandate holders as well as EU politicians and officials.
Keynote addresses were delivered by Dimitris Papadimoulis (European Parliament Vice-President), Marc Hansen (State Secretary of Luxembourg), and Michel Servoz (Director-General of the European Commission’s DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion).
In their speeches, they stressed the important contributions which CESI has made during the last quarter-century as a reliable social partner. They also noted positively CESI’s continuous engagement as a constructive stakeholder and its efforts to make Europe more social and attractive for workers.
Previously, CESI President Romain Wolff had sketched CESI’s evolution as a well-noted voice of workers and Secretary General Klaus Heeger had paid tribute to the achievements of the past and current CESI mandate holders who have established CESI a strong interest group in Brussels and beyond.
CESI President Romain Wolff and Secretary General Klaus Heeger with Marc Hansen (Luxembourgish Secretary of State) and Peter Heesen (former CESI President) – from left to right
Michel Servoz (Director General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission)
Claus Weselsky (President of the German Train Drivers’ Union/GdL), CESI Treasurer Frank Stöhr, Peter Heesen (former CESI President) and Ulrich Silberbach (Vice-President of the German Civil Service Federation/dbb) – from left to right
European Parliament Vice-President Dimitros Papadimoulis
Gabriele Bischoff (President of the Worker’s Group of the European Economic and Social Committee/EESC) with Emilio Fatovic, President of the CESI Europe Academy and EESC member