Local and Regional Government
Local services are, by definition, at the front line of public services. Users of these services come into direct contact with the men and women that provide them, be they fire-fighters, culture workers, librarians, archivists, municipal police, social services workers, teachers, cleaners, waste collectors, community liaison personnel or local administrators. EPSU represents local and regional government workers across Europe and is committed to ensuring high quality and efficient public services supported by a well-trained and skilled work force and decent working conditions.
Austerity measures and remunicipalisation, digitalisation of local services, the impact of trade agreements on local services, and ensuring socially responsible procurement are key policy challenges to this sector addressed in the frame of EPSU's Standing Committee Local and Regional Government.
EPSU is also the recognised European social partner organisation for workers in local and regional government throughout the European Union and covers approximately 17 million workers.
Mads Samsing of HK Kommunal, Denmark, is the President of the EPSU Standing Committee for Local and Regional Government (LRG). Christine Jakob is the EPSU policy officer for the sector.View contacts
The Committee for local and regional government bringing together EPSU and CEMR members have adopted a new work programme for 2018-2019.
To celebrate UN “World Cities Day” on 31 October, PSI has launched a global campaign to raise awareness and increase the visibility of the many essential public services delivered every day by municipal workers.
Public procurement, digitalization, young workers, equality on the agenda of EPSU committee on Local Government
A first reflection on the themes and priorities for EPSU’s upcoming Congress in May 2019 was one of the items on the agenda of the local and regional government committee meeting on 19 September in Brussels.
On 3 October the EC published a new procurement package. This contains a number of different elements, including a Communication, a targeted consultation on the woolly concept of ‘innovative’ procurement
Several public authorities in the North of Sweden have offered elderly people the right to refuse their caregivers on the basis of their skin colour or of their immigrant background.
Launch of EPSU-CEMR Video - Digitalisation seen through the eyes of citizens is a great improvement in their relationship with local and regional governments
Social services like childcare, elderly care and services for people with disabilities, have been one of the biggest job creators since the crisis.