The Central Administration and Finances Trade Council (ACF) gathers representatives of this sector to share their expertise, compare national reforms, share best practices and elaborate opinions on European initiatives in this field.
Central administrations are a key element of the European social model and a major factor for competitiveness in Europe. As a result of austerity measures central administrations are currently facing deep-seated reform programmes. Despite the role played by central administrations and finance departments as a stabiliser of the crisis, these sectors have not been thanked. Working conditions and overall employment of central administrations has been under threat throughout Europe for some time now.
In CESI’s eye, the EU needs strong central government administrations in Member States. These administrations need to be model employers for other public sectors and more broadly for employers. Workers’ rights are often lower in the public sector, but CESI insists on the necessity of promoting a dynamic, transparent social dialogue at national level whenever a reform occurs. CESI fosters these objectives within the social dialogue Committee for central government administrations.
In 2018, the Trade Council will focus on:
- Digitalisation: Potential benefits and hurdles in the public services
- Fight against tax fraud and tax evasion: BEPS, CCCTB and Whistle-blower protection
- In work poverty: Wage level protection in the public services
- Social Dialogue: Implementation of the 2015 EU sectoral social partner agreement on the right to information and consultation in central government administrations
- Refugee management: Hurdles in public services between arrival and recognition
The work of the Trade Council informs CESI’s position in the European Social Dialogue Committee in Central Government Administrations.
CESI and the European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee ‘Central Government Administration’
Since 17 December 2010, the European social partners, TUNED and EUPAE, launched the Social Dialogue Committee for Central Government administrations, with the support of the European Commission.
TUNED is the trade union delegation composed of CESI and EPSU, the European Federation of Public Service Unions.
EUPAE is the EU Public Administration Employers platform which was set up under the Belgian EU presidency. It is separate from EUPAN, the EU Public Administration Network. 11 national administrations (Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, UK) have joined the employers’ platform. Malata and Hungary are observers.
Documents adopted by the European Sectoral Social Dialogue
In 2017, the social dialogue committee also finalised a major project on psychosocial risks at work – Follow this link for further information about the project outcome.
Leadership of the Council
Policy Adviser, CESI General Secretariat