Promoting and protecting public services in Europe
EPSU wants to see a European Union that recognizes and supports the role of public services in contributing to sustainable development and quality of life. In an increasingly integrated Europe it is important to tackle issues such as tax dumping and cut-throat competition, which put pressure on public services and concentrate increasing amounts of wealth in fewer and fewer hands. Fair and progressive taxation, good governance and effective regulation are needed to guarantee quality public services for all.
In a clear rebuke to aggressive lobbying by private sector interests, Parliament reversed, in plenary vote, the negative position of its Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on the Green Paper on Services of General Interest.
Service Directive - 10 Reasons why EPSU says NO to the proposed directive on services in the internal market
A public hearing of the European Parliament (EP) committee on the internal market and consumer protection took place on 11 November 2004, at which a debate on the draft Directive was held.
An EPSU delegation led by Carola Fischbach-Pyttel met Commissioner McCreevy on 13 June to voice concerns on the draft services directive, and in particular about the impact of the directive on public services and workers’ rights.
Following the European Parliament plenary vote on 16 February, the spotlight is now on the 13 March Competitiveness Council of Ministers (i.e. the Member State Governments). EPSU concluded that the results of the vote on the Services Directive represented “significant progress”, particularly on health and social services.
The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) today launched their campaign calling for an EU directive on public services. The campaign launch, which took place in Vienna was organised by EPSU’s Austrian affiliate union GdG.
EPSU today joined a broad coalition of organisations in calling for a clear role for public services in the EU. At a seminar organised by the PSE (Party of European Socialists), the 100 plus participants heard a wide range of organisations call for a legal instrument for public services.