CESI Presidium meets to prepare 2016 Congress

13 Apr 2016

Today, CESI's Presdium met in Amsterdam. The overarching objective of the meeting, hosted by CESI's Dutch member organisation CNV Connectief, was to make first preparations for the next Congress which will take place in December in Brussels.

CESI Presidium meets to prepare 2016 Congress

Most notably, the Presidium confirmed that the Congress will be held under the theme of three interrelated main motions.

Congress main motions on impacts of digitalisation, the role of public services and on the future of EU integration 

A topical motion entitled ‘Digitalisation: Finding the balance’ will lay out CESI’s position on the impacts of ongoing and increasing digitalisation on the different forms of employment and on the working conditions of employees. The motion will also outline CESI’s view on how to address possible negative consequences of digitalisation on the work of trade unions, trade union membership and collective bargaining.

A motion on ‘Public services: Delivering results’ will make a case for well-equipped and well-resourced public administrations as a tool to provide public services in sufficient quantity and quality. The motion will argue that this is vital in order to manage key societal challenges of the future such as achieving a higher degree of social justice and effective internal security.

Finally, a motion entitled ‘The future of Europe: Investing in people’ will set out CESI’s vision of how important European challenges can be addressed, in particular in the field of employment and social affairs. Aspects that the motion will follow-up on include minimum social standards, gender equality, minimum wages, education and training, health, and the integration of migrants and the less advantaged.

New position papers on migration management and the prevention of radicalisation and terrorism adopted

The Presidium also held discussions about recent EU level developments in employment and social affairs such as the forthcoming European pillar of social rights and debated about developments in EU Member States related to pension systems, intergenerational justice and collective bargaining. 

Thematic position papers on migration management and on the prevention of radicalisation and terrorism were adopted. Both will be made available in the policy positions section of CESI’s website.

The next meeting of the Presidium will be on June 21 in Brussels. Planning for the Congress will in the meanwhile be ongoing within in the CESI General Secretariat.