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Member States need to exploit the employment growth potential of public services

Date

24 Apr 2012

Sections

Social Europe & Jobs

CEEP at Informal Troika in Horsens, Denmark  

Press Release 09/2012

Brussels, 24 April 2012 

Member States need to exploit the employment growth potential of public services 

This is the key message delivered by Valeria Ronzitti, Acting General Secretary of CEEP, at the meeting of the European Social Partners with the European Ministers of Employment and Social Security in Horsens today. 

Ms Ronzitti stated that millions of jobs have been created in recent years in the health,

education and utilities sectors. “These are core public services which not only contribute to growth but also to the well-functioning of the labour market and of the European Social Model.”

Now that this growth potential is acknowledged in the Employment package, “Member

States must translate the European Commission's recommendations into clear actions at national, regional and local level, where the right framework conditions for job creation need to be put in place”, stated Ms Ronzitti sending a clear signal to the employment

Ministers.

This is also valid when it comes to fostering youth employment in public services. Our

members are already doing a lot and are committed to doing more, especially when it comes to increasing the attractiveness of jobs in public services for young people. However, there are limits to what public employers can do alone. That is why CEEP calls on a greater use of the ESF to support national and local social partners’ initiatives to promote youth

employment.  

For further information, please contact: 

Andreas Persson - 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 contribute to more than 26% of EU GDP and employ 30% of the EU workforce; CEEP is one of the three general corss-industry European Social Partners. 

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