(18 March 2015) The Juncker Investment Plan to create a European Fund for Strategic Investment is aiming to use public money to get more private funding. It hopes to stimulate more Public Private Partnerships. A new publication for PSI, the Global Union Federation of public service unions, makes clear that PPPs do not deliver on their promises and are a concern for public budgets. It is therefore highly relevant for the European discussions on the EFSI to be decided upon shortly by the (...)
(Press Communication – 16 December 2014) The Juncker investment plan will be under scrutiny at this week’s European Council with many questions still to be clarified about how it will work in practice. The European Federation of Public Service Unions is concerned about the continuing restrictions on public finances, and the extent to which the private sector will be relied on to cover for the shortfall in public investment.
A briefing from the PSIRU international research organisation looks (...)
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 (...)
(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 (...)
(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 (...)
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 (...)
October 2008, by David Hall (PSIRU)
A report commissioned by the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU)
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 (...)
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 (...)
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.
(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, (...)