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Canadian guide on PPPs

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) published in June 2012 “Asking the right questions: A guide for municipalities considering P3s” that contains useful advice and examples of PPPs in Canada. It poses a number of questions regarding the costs and benefits of PPPs and urges municipalities to be cautious about entering into a PPP. The guide is available in English and French at http://cupe.ca/. Asking the right questions: A guide for municipalities considering P3s PS Guide - EN (...)

EPSU briefing “10 facts about public-private partnerships (PPPs)”

(Brussels, 01 December 2011) Below you will find a briefing from the Public Services Internal Research Unit (PSIRU) on the problems that PPPs can cause. We hope that this is useful to you in the upcoming discussions on the European Commission’s (EC) legislative proposal regarding concessions, expected soon. This is likely to cover many forms of PPPs. The EC argues that PPPs are beneficial for the public, and in spite of growing evidence of their shortcomings, continues to promote them as (...)

European Commission turns blind eye to failing public-private partnerships, says new report

Press Communication (23 March 2010) A new report by the Public Service International Research Unit cautions the European Commission against enthusiastically endorsing public-private partnerships, contending that PPPs, as they are known, do not supplement public spending – they absorb it. The European Commission outlines high hopes for developing public-private partnerships in its EU 2020 strategy. The study Public rescue for more failed private finance institutions has been released on the (...)

Public rescue for more failed private finance institutions - a critique of the EC green paper on PPPs

PPPs do not supplement public spending – they absorb it (23 March 2010)) A new report by the Public Service International Research Unit cautions the European Commission against enthusiastically endorsing public-private partnerships, contending that PPPs, as they are known, do not supplement public spending – they absorb it. The European Commission outlines high hopes for developing public-private partnerships in its EU 2020 strategy. EPSU has called for a reaction of the European (...)

Public-Private Partnerships Summary paper and reports on PPPs

October 2008, by David Hall (PSIRU) A report commissioned by the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) Introduction This paper is a summary of three reports commissioned by the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) dealing with the subject of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in Europe. It covers the development of PPPs and sets out a framework for: a critical evaluation of PPP proposals; positive initiatives for the improvement of public services and (...)

Protecting workers in privatisation and outsourcing: some lessons learnt from PPPs and the liberalisation of public services

THE ETUI MONTHLY FORUM, 25 November 2008, 12:30 - 14:00h Protecting workers in privatisation and outsourcing: some lessons learnt from Private-Public Partnerships (PPPs) and the liberalisation of public services How does the privatisation and outsourcing of public services in Europe impact on performance and employment? How have Private Public Partnerships affected the working conditions for those employed in this sector? The liberalisation and privatisation of public sector activities (...)

New report criticises PFI contracts in school meals

The report - School Meals Market and Quality - was issued by EPSU affiliate Unison from the University of Cardiff. The report explains in detail how the market for school meals functions and how the ruthless pursuit of profit damages the quality of the meals, working conditions and health of children. Press release Report

McCreevy urged to correct European Commission pro-PPP bias

(September 2, 2005, Brussels ) EPSU today urged European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Charlie McCreevy to take concrete measures to correct the ’pro-Public Private Partnership (PPP)’ bias in the European Commission. (see letter attached). One of the key messages was to say that the EU needs to develop a coherent approach to PPPs, based on a real assessment of their costs and benefits. EPSU is highly critical of the Commission’s analysis of the responses to the consultation exercise, (...)

EPSU responds negatively to PPP Green Paper Consultation

EPSU’s initial response to the Green Paper on PPPs is critical of the Commisison’s narrow focus for the consultation excercise. The Green Paper is concerned only with competition policy and extending the Internal Market in public services and the more fundamental questions regarding the social and economic value of PPPs are ignored. EPSU’s initial reponse, which will be discussed at the Executive Committee meeting in September, calls on the Commsision to address the risks and problems (...)

EPSU sceptical about Commission’s Green paper on Public-Private Partnership

The European Commission has published on 4 May 2004 its Green paper on applying Community law to Public-Private Partnerships. The aim of the Green paper is to "open a wide debate allowing to determine whether a EU intervention is necessary to ensure better access for economic operators within the Member States to the various forms of Public-Private Partnerships, within a frame of legal clarity and effective competition". However EPSU questions whether the wide debate will be a genuine and (...)

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