European Commission's Green Paper Restructuring and anticipation of change: what lessons from recent experience?

Response of the European Social Dialogue Committee in Central Government
Administrations (30 March 2012)

Introduction

The Social Dialogue Committee in Central Government Administrations (hereafter SDC CGA) welcomes the references in the Green Paper to the important role that central administrations play both as an employer and service provider for Europe’s social cohesion, competitiveness and thus in tackling the effects of the crisis.

This is much welcomed as this role has often been in the past underestimated or neglected in European policies.

Further, it is welcomed that the Green Paper recognizes that public sector employees are affected by cutbacks across the EU, and thus that the impact of restructuring must also be dealt with in the public sector.
The issue of the crisis and restructuring runs through the Committee’s workprogramme 2011-2013.

Given the importance of the issue, the SDC CGA regrets that it is not the subject of a second stage consultation, as was initially planned by the Commission. We have concerns that the nature of a Green Paper risks diluting the role of social partners in dealing with restructuring and delaying further improvements to the related EU and national frameworks.
We call upon the Commission to deliver the appropriate policy proposals as quickly as possible.

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