White Paper on the future of the EU: 5 scenarios for Europe’s future
Today, the European Commission published its long-awaited White Paper on the future of the EU. Responding to the White Paper, CESI Secretary General underlined the importance of a strong social dimension for the EU.
European Parliament approves CETA: Keep an eye on worker rights and public services
In a plenary vote today, the European Parliament approved the EU-Canada CETA free trade and investment deal. CETA can therefore come into force provisionally as of April 2017 (except for the area of investment protection), yet has to be approved by national parliaments as well in order to become fully applicable. CESI Secretary General Klaus Heeger calls for a careful scrutiny of worker rights and public services under the agreement.
CESI meets EU Education and Youth Commissioner Navracsics to discuss the role of teachers in tackling radicalisation through education
Today, on the 9th February 2017, Secretary General Klaus Heeger met with Commissioner of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, Mr Tibor Navracsics, handing over CESI´s position paper on the issue of preventing radicalisation.
Programme Commission discusses CESI work priorities for 2017
On Friday, January 3, CESI’s Programme Commission met to discuss CESI’s work priorities and main activities for the year 2017.
EU not to revise the Working Time Directive
The European Commission notified the social partners that there will be no legislative revision of the Working Time Directive. Instead, the Commission announced an ‘Interpretative communication’ to bring more clarity about the proper application of the legislative piece. CESI Secretary General Klaus Heeger welcomed the plans of the European Commission but stressed that the directive is, in its current form, far from satisfactory for many workers.
Trade union and civil society representatives launch talks with EU decision-makers on ways towards more public social investment in Europe
On 12 January CESI, Social Platform and Eurodiaconia held a joint meeting with stakeholders and decision-makers on ways to achieve higher levels of public social investment in European Union Member States. It emerged that increased budgetary flexibility to promote such investment is a real possibility, especially in the areas of early childhood education and care, primary and secondary education, training and active labour market policies, as well as affordable and social housing. There is strong evidence demonstrating the economic benefit of public social investment in these fields, which are also key for developing human capital. Therefore budgetary flexibility could be permitted in areas producing both an economic and social impact.