CESI Trade Councils “Local and Regional Administrations” (ALR) and “Central Administrations and Finance” (ACF)

On the occasion of the last CESI Trade Councils “Local and Regional Administrations” (ALR) and “Central Administrations and Finance” (ACF), trade unions’ representatives from several European countries, met in Brussels to share information about the most challenging issues for workers in their countries, to find common solutions and exchange views on related European policies of the newly formed College of EU Commissioners.

The focus of the discussion was on the latest case-law of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU), CESI´s upcoming European campaign on the re-valorisation of public services, the state of play of the third party violence in the public sector project, modernisation challenges faced by public Administrations, possible creative applications coming from “gamification”, the EU´s latest initiatives in terms of tax policies and the current developments of Brexit.

To convey the trade unions’ messages and have a direct exchange, guest speakers from the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Policy Centre were welcomed at CESI premises.

CESI Trade Council ACF President Wilhelm Gloss highlighted the importance of the Trade Council to voice the specific interests and need of the governments´ central administrations and tax authorities:

“Without efficient and well-equipped central state authorities, societies cannot function. Politicians and media are increasingly becoming aware of the need to invest in those. One of the key challenges for the years to come will consist of re-equipping central state administrations and tax authorities. A way forward certainly consists of efficiently fighting tax fraud and evasion, in establishing more fair and just taxation principles throughout the EU.”

On behalf of ALR, TC President Hans Freiler insisted on the contribution of services of general interests to the societies´ well-being and sustainability:

“Data are clearly showing that societies able to guarantee well trained public employees and provide good services to people can expect significant returns, not only social ones but also economic and financial. The Member States of the EU which were the most resilient during and in the aftermath of the financial crisis were those which had invested in people and performing services for the common good. It´s time to rethink the role of the public sector in our societies, crises are mostly created by the private sector and mitigated by the public one.”


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