#WeEP – The EP and workers: a well-designed post-COVID19 recovery plan

The WeEP project wants to contribute to raising citizens’ awareness of the role and democratic values of the European Union especially related to the political and legislative priorities on employment, environment and digital transformation.

WeEP – The EP and workers: a well-designed post-COVID19 recovery plan

The WeEP project wants to contribute to raising citizens’ awareness of the role and democratic values of the European Union especially related to the political and legislative priorities on employment, environment and digital transformation.

WeEP – Summary of the action

The Covid-19 pandemic has impressively (and painfully) demonstrated how decisive and essential public services are and how urgently their further improvement through a stronger European dimension is needed.

Within the last Public Opinion Survey in times of Covid-19 commissioned by the European Parliament (July 2020), uncertainty, EU and hope were the identified keywords.

A clear majority of respondents believe that the EU should have a bigger budget to overcome the consequences of the pandemic and agree that the EU should have more competences to deal with such crises. Most Europeans see EU spending on public health as most important, followed by investments in economic recovery, employment and the fight against climate change.

CESI wants to contribute to engaging with the civil society, citizens and workers informing them about the European Parliament and its activities and decisions concerning the post-Covid-19 recovery plan. In particular, taking in account the opinions of the above-mentioned survey where 53% of the respondents remain not satisfied with the solidarity between the EU Member States in fighting Covid-19, and more than 50% of respondents have heard about the EU measures and actions against Covid-19.

There is a need for an active involvement of workers and their trade unions to assess, take the ownership of the European agenda related to digital transformation. Also, the Covid-19 crisis is demonstrating the degree of interconnection between environmental sustainability and health, economic prosperity, digital transformation and thus the labour market.

The Specific Objectives of the project are to inform and engage with the civil society focussing on three target groups:

  1. General public – with the ‘CESI Talks’, a series of conversations to be shared on social media with MEPs and EP officials/experts in form of video. The topics of the interview/discussion will be based on political and legislative priorities on employment, environment and digital transformation.
  2. Youth engagement – CESI Youth events, organised by the youth for the youth. Two public interactive videoconferences with the EP President and top EP Representatives on EP political priorities, to discuss the socio-economic challenges for young people brought by Covid-19 and the changing world of work.
  3. Workers and citizens interested in EU social affairs/employment issues – Workers’ Representatives Event. The Workers’ Representatives Event, an interactive videoconference with the EP top representatives covering the priorities on social affairs and employment but also green and digital transformations.

Duration of the activities

The project started in January 2021 and should continue until December 2021 for a duration of approx. 12 months.

Project Manager: Tomasz Koguc

Project Coordinator: Marcella Migliori

The project is co-funded by the European Union