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Local Enterprises Providing Public Services – A New Foundation for Sustainability


28 Oct 2009


Social Europe & Jobs

Brussels, 27 October 2009

The 12th Annual CEEP conference of Local Enterprises gathered around 120 participants and high level speakers from European enterprises, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Swedish Presidency of the Council.

The debate focussed on the effects of the global crisis on Local Enterprises providing Public Services and most importantly, on the way to find solutions out of the crisis.

Thierry Durnerin, Chair of CEEP Local Enterprise Committee, noted that with the economic crisis, trust had been reinstalled into local providers of public services: “Evidence by CEEP members’ shows that EU citizens have an extremely high esteem for local providers of public services.”

Ralf Resch, General Secretary of CEEP, explained this tendency by stating: “Provision of essential public services is not something that can be put at risk. Supply of electricity or water, management of waste, operation of public transport cannot be cut just because market participants are not performing due to economic difficulties. Therefore, CEEP calls on the EU policy makers to promote well balanced and effective legal framework for providers of Services of General Interest. Especially now, when the up coming Lisbon Treaty provides
the necessary legal tools as well as political guidance in its Protocol for Services of General Interest.”

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.