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Irish ‘Yes!’ – European project back on track


05 Oct 2009


EU Priorities 2020
Social Europe & Jobs

CEEP strongly welcomes the positive outcome of the Irish referendum. “After seven years of discussions and hesitations about the future of the European project, the EU is finally equipped with tailor-made political instruments”, said Ralf Resch, General Secretary of CEEP.
Those tools as well as a revised institutional structure will allow the EU to be more responsive in the globalised world.

Ralf Resch went on stating: “With the present economic situation, Europe can no longer dawdle over institutional reforms. It was seriously undermining its potential efficiency. But above all, European solidarity was also jeopardised. I am very glad the Irish have finally
reaffirmed their commitment to a united Europe.”

Ralf Resch also added: “Now the hard work begins: we have to make the most of new decision-making processes and new institutional structures. Policies have to be revised in
some fields and the legal framework of Services of General Interest is not the least.”

For further information, please contact:

Valeria RONZITTI, Director - 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.