Past [email protected]

March 3 2017: “Putting social investments first”

This [email protected] edition which was held as a joint [email protected]/EPC policy dialogue saw the publication of an EPC study on ways towards more social investments in Europe but also continues CESI’s engagement for more public social investments in Europe. It was the final event presenting the findings of a cycle of three previous joint expert workshops of an EPC-CESI cooperation on social investments. The event was moderated by Lieve Fransen, Senior Adviser at the European Policy Centre and former Director for Social Policy at the European Commission.

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September 27 2016: “The use of military forces for internal security”

This [email protected] edition discussed under which conditions the deployment of military personnel inside the EU is legal, which specific tasks may be performed by the military internally and which not, and whether the military is trained and equipped to perform police-like security tasks? The event was moderated by Lieve Fransen, Senior Adviser at the European Policy Centre and former Director for Social Policy at the European Commission.

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June 16 2016: “Social partner mentoring schemes as a tool for labour market integration of refugees”

This [email protected], which was held together with UNITEE, the New European Business Confederation, drew attention to the integration of migrants into the labour market through a yet underexploited channel: Mentoring schemes for refugees which seek to create a bond of trust and stand as a catalyser for integration by pairing up employers and employees together with refugees. The event was moderated by Petros Fassoulas, Secretary General of the European Movement International (EMI).

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October 19 2015: “Public sector workers facing the new challenges of migration”

This [email protected] edition discussed how to meet the challenges that public authorities and their staff face in the reception and integration of migrants, which continue to arrive in the EU in large numbers. With a full house at CESI, the panel debate was an important occasion for CESI to build on its previous awareness-raising and advocacy work on the central role played by the public sector staff in the successful management of migration. The event was moderated by Yves Pascouau, Director of migration and mobility policies and Head of the programme ‘European Migration and Diversity’ of the European Policy Centre (EPC).

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May 5 2015: “Radicalisation and terrorism: (new) challenges for public services?”

This [email protected] edition addressed how public services in Europe may be enabled to better prevent and counter radicalisation among the citizenry – a topic that CESI’s Trade Council ‘Security’ has worked on in depth in the recent past. With more than 120 participants registered for the event, the relevance that not only CESI but also policy makers, the organised civil society and citizens attach to addressing the recent spread of radicalisation in European societies was more than obvious.

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February 3 2015: “TiSA: A danger for public services?”

Regarding the fear among many European citizens about the unclear consequences of TiSA on public services and the possibility that it lowers social and labour standards, the debate at CESI intended to clarify the issues at stake.

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December 11 2014: “Breaking Down Barriers: Towards Gender Equality at Work”

With the new term of the European Commission beginning to take shape and in the midst of preparations for the Commission’s work programme in full flow, now is the time for stakeholders to open up with their expectations. What can be done at the EU level to move towards gender equality at work by breaking down both structural and cultural barriers?

CESI, the European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions, and UNITEE, the New European Business Confederation have the pleasure to invite you to the lunch time debate “Breaking Down Barriers: Towards Gender Equality at Work”, which will take place on 11 December 2014 at CESI Offices, 1-5 Avenue de la Joyeuse Entrée, Brussels.

With a welcome speech by Adem KUMCU, President of UNITEE, there were then some introductory words from Viviane TEITELBAUM, President of the European Women’s Lobby.

The panel included Arnd Beckers, Policy Adviser at CESI, Philippe KERAUDREN, Head of Unit Reflective Societies – DG Research and Innovation, Kerstin BORN-SIRKEL, Director at the Centre for European Policy Studie, and Fiona O’MALLEY,  Senior Manager in the Financial Sector

Following the Q&A session, some closing remarks were given by Klaus HEEGER, Secretary General of CESI.


September 25 2014: “Working Time Directive: new term, new impetus?”

After lengthy discussions and negotiations, the revision of the Working Time Directive failed. Likely to relaunch the issue, the European Commission could pave the way for European social partners to find an agreement. Changes to the existing rules are foreseen, with workers representatives most critical of the current legislation. In revising the Directive, employers are eager for what they call a necessary transition to flexibility. Opt-outs, reference periods and on-call times risk being watered down to the detriment of workers’ health and wellbeing. Will this be avoided by proper inclusion of workers in the legislative process or will employers get what they want? Where will the European institutions stand on the issue? Whose interests will dominate the debate?

Arbeitszeitrichtlinie – ein frischer Impuls nach den Wahlen?

Nach langwierigen Diskussionen und Verhandlungen ist die Revision der Arbeitszeitrichtlinie gescheitert. In ihrem wahrscheinlichen Bemühen, das Thema wieder aufzugreifen, kann die Europäische Kommission den Weg für die Europäischen Sozialpartner ebnen, eine Vereinbarung zu finden. Änderungen der bestehenden Regeln sind vorgesehen, wobei Arbeitnehmervertreter bereits jetzt kritisch der bestehenden Gesetzgebung gegenüberstehen. Durch die Revision der Richtlinie sehen Arbeitgeber eine notwendige Flexibilisierung. Regelungen zu Opt-out, Referenzzeiten und Bereitschaftszeiten laufen Gefahr, zuungunsten der Gesundheit und des Wohles der Arbeitnehmer aufgeweicht zu werden. Wird dies durch die angemessene Einbindung der Arbeitnehmervertreter in den Legislativprozess verhindert, oder bekommen die Arbeitgeber ihren Willen? Wie stehen die Europäischen Institutionen zu diesem Thema? Wessen Interessen werden die Debatte dominieren?

25 September 2014, 1.00 – 3.00 pm

at the Representation of Hessen to the EU

21, rue Montoyer, 1000 Brussels

Welcome address

Friedrich von Heusinger

Director of the representation of the of State of Hesse to the EU


Klaus Heeger

Secretary General, CESI


Birgit Sippel


Maxime Cerutti

Director of Social Affairs, BUSINESSEUROPE

Eckhard Schwill

In-house counsel, komba trade union

Greet Vermeylen

Senior Programme Manager, EUROFOUND-Agency of the European Commission


April 28 2014: “TTIP: Fears of the Unknown”

 Monday 28th April 2014, 12.30-14.30, CESI premises

Negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a trade agreement between the EU and the US, began in July last year. 2014 may see the trade talks being brought to a conclusion. Despite this, there are still many unknowns regarding the agreements, with the negotiation process being opaque and exclusive of social partners. These unknowns undoubtedly raise fears over the TTIP’s impact on many issues, among them workers’ rights and the effect on small businesses.

While negotiations are temporarily on hold, CESI, the European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions, U4U, Union for Unity, and UNITEE, the European-Turkish Business Confederation, thought the timing right to organise an event aiming at informing its members and the public on TTIP developments and what the trade agreement will mean in practice. Will it mean a “race to the bottom”? Will we see small and medium sized enterprises run out of business? What will be the impact on wages and working conditions? Can we even predict the impact? Panelists to discuss the unknowns of TTIP included Jan Schmitz, Trade negotiator in the European Commission, Romain Pardo, Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre, Paul de Clerck, Head of the Economic Justice team, Friends of the Earth Europe and Andreas Galanakis, Policy Director, American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union. The event was moderated by Bernd Hüttemann, Secretary General of European Movement Germany. The event wass jointly organised by CESI, U4U and UNITEE.


November 14 2013: “Security in Europe: The ‘Post-Stockholm’ Process”

The third [email protected] took place on 14 November 2013. The event was chaired by Yves Pascouau from the European Policy Centre. The debate on future of the security in Europe, with a focus on the role of workers in the sector, included contributions from Mr Telmo Baltazar, cabinet member for Viviane Reding, and the Director for Justice and Home Affairs in the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, Mr Roland Genson. They were joined by Ms Floriana Sipala, Head of Unit from DG Home Affairs in the European Commission, and Mr Filippo Colombo, Justice and Home Affairs Coordinator for the Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU.


April 24 2013: “An Agenda for Adequate, Safe and Sustainable Pensions”

The second [email protected] took place on 24 April 2013. Dutch politician and MEP Ria Oomen-Ruijten was present at the event which discussed the White Paper put forward by the European Commission on “An Agenda for Adequate, Safe and Sustainable Pensions”. A representative of the European Commission was also invited to present the challenges facing EU Member States in addressing pensions systems.


February 12 2013: “The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Right to good administration”

The inaugural [email protected] took place on 12 February 2013. The key note speaker was Peter M. Huber, German Constitutional judge and rapporteur for the decision of the German Federal Constitutional Court on the European Stability Mechanism. The topic of the debate was the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the right to good administration. Antoine Buchet, acting head of unit Fundamental Rights and Rights of the Child at the DG Justice in the European Commission, and Diogo Pinto, Secretary General at European Movement International also took part in the debate. The debate was moderated by Hanns Joachim Friedrichs.