Date

28 May 2014

Sections

Social Europe & Jobs

Press release

Following a first analysis of the results of the European elections, CEEP’s General Assembly welcomed the new European Parliament and expressed the association’s determination to connect the EU institutions and the citizens.

Commenting on the results, Hans-Joachim Reck, President of CEEP, observed that “despite the majority for pro European parties, the newly elected EP cannot ignore the need to reinvigorate the European project and fight against euroscepticism.” The ball is now in the court of the institutions, according to Mr Reck. “The first step will be the work of the European Parliament, in partnership with the Council, to build up a new European Commission. That new Commission must be able to give to citizens the signal that Europe is ready for a new model of growth”.
 
CEEP is committed to being an active player in this challenging exercise. Valeria Ronzitti, General Secretary of CEEP, presented to the members the main orientation for this new legislative session. “CEEP is committed to being part of re-building the trust in the European Union. We are convinced that public services’ employers and providers can make a specific contribution to it. Our members provide citizens with the daily social and physical infrastructures on which the European Social Model is built. CEEP, and its members, is in the best position to keep Europe close to the citizens”, added Ms Ronzitti.
 
CEEP is dedicated to cooperating with the new MEPs. It wants members of the European Parliament to be aware of the importance of public services. “We want them to adopt a long-term vision when planning for the future. We want them to promote EU policies contributing to the development of a smart, sustainable and inclusive Europe, based on quality, accessible and effective public services”, concluded CEEP General Assembly, restating CEEP’s priorities and action plan (you can find CEEP’s priorities on the following page: http://www.ceep.eu/elections-2014-for-effective-and-quality-public-services/).
 
For further information, please contact:
Maxime Staelens, Communications Trainee
Tel. +32 (0) 2 229 21 40
 
CEEP is one of the three general cross-sectoral European Social Partners. It gathers providers of services of general interest from across Europe as well as public and private enterprises. CEEP members contribute to more than 26% of EU GDP and employ 30% of the EU workforce.

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