Theses from Bonn
On the entrance onto the stock market of the German Post
At a postpolitical conference in the "Haus der Geschichte" (House of History) in Bonn, the DPVKOM Chairman Will Russ held an exposition on the demands and expectations of the personnel of the German Post, in relation to the project of the postal company to be quoted on the stock market. These "Theses from Bonn" were presented to more than 250 invitees. Thus Russ demanded that the postal colloborators would be considered as the real basis of the companys success in the future. Therefore, he also underlined, the changes that are necessary for the company as a whole should be discussed in advance with the social partners - employers, members of the companys council and trade unions - so that the mutual understanding can be improved. Only transparent decisions, that can be understood and take sufficiently account of the personnel interests, can be accepted and will be implemented with success. In principle, the DPVKOM is in favour of the entrance onto the stock market, as only an economically strong Post and health company can secure the workers future, only a company of this kind can fulfil its social responsibilities.
Conference: Social Policy Agenda
The Commission recently adopted its communication on the new "Social Policy Agenda", a new five year social action programme for the period 2000-2005.
The European Parliament and the European Commission organise a joint conference on this important Initiative which will take place at the European Parliaments premises in Brussels on 21 and 22 September 2000.
The conference will bring together some 300 representatives of the European institutions, the Member States, the social partners, civil society and the scientific world to debate the challenge of shaping a new economic and employment agenda, based on the notions of full employment, economic dynamism, greater social cohesion and fairness.
The result of the conference will provide a precious input to the report on the social Policy Agenda which is currently being prepared in my committee and which after adoption by the European Parliament will be presented to the Council of Ministers and subsequently to the European Council in Nice.
For Eurofedop Willi Russ of DPV/KOM, vice chairperson, and Bert Van Caelenberg, secretary-general were present at this meeting.
R-P Bodin on European social policy
Working and living conditions must be a priority in European social policy
Improved living and working conditions must continue to be the central platform of European social policy agenda. without European policy intervention, there could be backsliding, which would undermine the advances made in the past 25 years, according to Raymond-Pierre Bodin, Director of the European Foundation for the Emprovement of Living and Working Conditions. The Director was addressing the main actors in European social policy at a conference 25 Years for a Social Europe which was held on 21 September at the Bâtiment Charlemagne, Brussels, to celebrate the 25th year of the establishment of the Dublin based agency.
For Eurofedop Willi Russ of DPV/KOM, vice chairman, and Bert Van Caelenberg, secretary-general were present.
Interview Eurofedop delegation with Council of Europe secretary-general Mr. Schwimmer
An extended Eurofedop delegation had an interview with Mr. W. Schwimmer, secretary-general of the Council of Europe. This interview took place in Strasbourg, on 29 June last.
Bert Van Caelenberg, G. Böhm, A. Schöls, L. Vekemans and V. Bolley made up our delegation.
Mr. J. De Jonge (head external relations) and Mr. A. Bartling (cabinet member) assisted the secretary-general.
Achieving a breakthrough concerning eastern Europe was the main goal of this interview. Often, circumstances, especially of a financial nature, prevent us to give our eastern European member organisations their due attention.
The council maintains a multitude of useful contacts with eastern Europe, not only on a political level, but also in the field of administration.
Through a number of go-betweens, the feasibility of a closer co-operation between the council and Eurofedop to enable or maintain mutual contacts will be examined.
Eurofedop has a very stable position, supported by Mr. De Jonge, in the administration of the Council. Through the secretary general and his cabinet, we hope to enforce a breakthrough on the political level too.
The Situation of the Social Dialogue was talked through informally with the secretary general, we hope to be able to make an appeal to the mediation of the Council, especially on the level of an eventual dialogue for the local and regional authorities.