09/16/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/16/2020 05:50
Today´s Ursula von der Leyen´s speech highlighted the current challenges and the strategies and priorities for the year ahead. COVID-19, green and digital transformations, migration and the rule of law are the topics to dominate in the next months in the European policy-making. The State of the European Union Debate reflects on the progresses made and the challenges and priorities ahead for the following year.
In her speech she proposed actions and strategies for the year to come, notably:
CESI Secretary-General, Klaus Heeger: 'Ms von der Leyen's words are bold, but so were those of last year, and those of her predecessors. Yes, I share her view that in the crisis, Europe has revealed its hidden force, but now we expect nothing less but these words to be met with corresponding actions. That means legislation, for instance hard and effective EU legislation for a framework on minimum wages; money, that is to say to finally tie EU funds and public procurement effectively to strong social and environmental criteria; and not least politics, that is to say a real commitment by all actors to cross-border solidarity and inclusion. An inclusion which, by the way, should also apply to the European Commission's handling of European social partners.'
Romain Wolff, CESI President, added underlining the urgency of a socially fair and sustainable recovery with performing and resilient public services at its core: 'The COVID-19 health crisis showed us the need to have performing and resilient public services. CESI has always upheld that investing in public services means investing in our societies and in the future. And of course, we need a level playing field in terms of taxation in this sense, we are urging for efficient and fair taxation of the digital economy and the financial sector.'