Date

13 May 2011

Sections

Social Europe & Jobs

CEEP: “Our members are key to successfully combatting climate change”
Ralf Resch, General Secretary of CEEP, presented this key message at today’s high level meeting in Brussels between the European social partners and the European Commission.

The debate centered on challenges and opportunities for social partners and policy makers in developing a competitive low-carbon EU economy.

After the tragic events in Japan, the discussion comes at the right time, Ralf Resch added. With an example from Sweden Ralf Resch illustrated how CEEP members contribute to a low-carbon society. Biogas produced in agriculture and local industry is used in local public transport, improving air quality and creating employment at the same time.

Mr Resch finally stated that CEEP strongly welcomes the initiative of this high-level meeting which CEEP proposed three years ago. “Only a direct involvement of social partners in shaping future policies on climate change can ensure that employment implications are fully taken into account”.

For further information, please contact:

Valeria RONZITTI, Director of CEEP - tel. +32 (0) 2 219 27 98

CEEP gathers enterprises and organisations from across Europe, both public and private, at national, regional and local level, which are public employers or providers of services of general interest. CEEP members employ a quarter of the EU
workforce; CEEP is one of the three European Social Partners.