Discussing VAT reform, Donato Raponi, from the European Commission’s DG Taxud presented various possible future VAT orientations at EU level. The Commission is looking to gain a simpler and more efficient tool, a vision CESI shares. Simpler legislation is easier to implement resulting in greater tax efficiency. A delegation from CESI will meet again with the Commission to discuss VAT and to raise trade union concerns on the potential changes to exemptions of VAT for public bodies. These changes would result in negative impact on public employment and household finances, concerns which CESI has already laid out in the Commission’s consultation.
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Simplifying legislation is also key to fighting corruption in the EU. Carl Dolan, director of the Transparency International EU office gave an overview of corruption at EU level. For CESI affiliates, staff in public administration needs to receive protection when in cases of whistle-blowing but equally necessary is appropriate training to detect and react when they are confronted with it.
Fight against corruption in the EU: Simpler and more efficient legislation is also a tool to better avoid corruption. Corruption was the second item discussed by the trade council member., gave an overview of such phenomenon at European level. If corruption means abuse of power for personal gain, then all entities having an influence on public decision shall be controlled in adequacy. Transparency International’s European and national reports can be found on their website.
Discussions then turned to central administration as an attractive employer for young people. Good training possibilities and stability and protection are often cited as the more positive aspects of being employed in public administration. However, employees have different expectations. Career development and work-leisure balance as opposed to ‘work-life balance’ are high priorities for young people.
Stephan Lauringer, an Austrian delegate from the BKA pointed out that the average age of a public servant is constantly decreasing. Europe will soon have to face its demographic challenge. To remain an attractive employer, the Austrian administration has developed innovative human resources tools such as ‘cross mentoring’, recruitment through social networks, well developed dual systems and apprenticeships and paid traineeships. These best practices are well known in CESI, having been promoted through the Europe Academy’s 2013 seminar on public sector as a quality employer.