Regional and local administrations are at the heart of European citizenship. Local and regional level administration is where most services of general interest are delivered. European Union (EU) action and legislation is brought directly to its citizens. The challenges facing local and regional administrations have become a continual hardship through rising budget cuts and austerity measures. The balance between assigned competences and the necessary funding to fulfill these competences has been lost. This has seen the pressure on the public service employees increase year on year.
CESI works to restore the balance to ensure high quality public services for all citizens on the basis of sustainable and decent working conditions in public service. CESI promotes workers’ rights in this sector through dynamic and transparent work in sectoral social dialogue.
In 2017, the Trade Council will work on the integration of migrants (esp. with regards costs and consequences for administrations and challenges faced by employees), on the impacts of digitalisation on local and regional administrations as well as on equipping local and regional administration workers to handle the impacts of digitalisation on working conditions and employment relationships. Furthermore it will focus on implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights for staff in local and regional administrations and addressing the phenomenon of freeman (i.e. criminal law responses to people refusing to recognise the state monopoly and structure while benefitting from it).
Leadership of the Council
Policy Adviser, CESI General Secretariat