Social Implications of the Internal Market for Electricity - Balkan Regional Conference (7-8/11/03)

EURELECTRIC, Union of the Electricity Industry

EPSU, European Federation of Public Service Unions

EMCEF, European Mine, Chemical and Energy Workers' Federation

Press Release - 7 November 2003

Electricity Sector Social Partners hold Balkan Regional Conference on the Social Implications of the Internal Market for Electricity, 7 - 8 November 2003, Bucharest

Employers' and trade unions representatives of the energy sector of the Balkan countries are meeting, on the 7th and 8th of November 2003 at the Best Western Parc Hotel from Bucharest, to discuss the social implications of the European Union internal market for electricity, whose rules the new member states joining the Community over the next three years have to apply. The conference is organised by the Union of the Electricity Industry - EURELECTRIC, representing the employers and EPSU/EMCEF for the trade unions and takes place within the official framework of the European Social Dialogue, with financial support from the European Commission.

Representatives of employees and trade unions from Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Cyprus, Italy and Greece attend the conference.

Silviu Lucian Boghiu, the Director General of Electrica, welcome the guests and declared: “the social dimension of the electricity system is also an important preoccupation in Romania”. He added that “trade unions and employers, together with the government, have to find solutions that have as limited an impact as possible on companies, employees and citizens”.

A message was presented on behalf of Iulian Iancu, Secretary of Sate with the Ministry of Economy and Coerce: “electricity is important for all branches of industry and society. There are many challenges to be solved in a short time. We accept to implement the European legislation”. The social dialogue is an essential element of that. Also, the importance of creating future regional electricity markets was underlined.

The President of the Univers trade union, Aurelian Vancea, speaking on behalf of the three Romanian trade unions in the electricity sector welcome the opportunities for the dialogue with all stake holders. He greeted the efforts made by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, but underlined “much needs to be done regarding the dialogue with other ministries concerned”.

Also, on behalf of the European social partners, points of view were expressed by Mrs. Aurora Rossodivita, representative of EURELECTRIC; Mr. Jean-Pierre Klapuch, representative of EMCEF and Mr Jan-Willem Goudriaan, representative of EPSU.

For further information, please contact:

EMCEF: Jean-Pierre KLAPUCH, tel: + 32 2 626 21 80; e-mail: info@emcef.be
EPSU: Jan-Willem GOUDRIAAN, tel: +32 2 250 10 80; e-mail: epsu@epsu.org
EURELECTRIC: Aurora Rossodivita, tel: 32 2 515 10 00; e-mail: eurelectric@eurelectric.org.