Central Administration and Finances Trade Council

Central Administration and Finances Trade Council

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 2019, the Trade Council will focus, together with the Trade Council on Local and Regional Administration, on:

  • third-party violence against administration personnel
  • improvement of employment and working conditions in the public services
  • fight against tax fraud and tax avoidance

The work of the Trade Council informs CESI’s position in the European Social Dialogue Committee in Central Government Administrations.

Portfolio of the ACF Trade Council

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

Social partner agreement of December 2015 on information and consultation rights for central government administration employees

Recommendations towards closing the gender pay gap adopted in 2014 in EN and FR

Statement on Towards well-being at work in central government administrations as part of a new EU occupational safety and health strategy framework EN FR and DE 2013

Strategy for strengthening Human Resources by better anticipating and managing change EN FR and DE 2013

European Framework-Agreement EUPAE-TUNED for a quality service in Central Government Administrations EN DE and FR 2012

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

President, Eurofedop
Francisco Javier
Vice-President, CSIF
Vice-President, CONFSAL
Secretary General, CESI