Brussels, 12/11/2002

This lobby group on health services that has been regularly meeting since 10 years, on the initiative of HOPE - Standing Committee of the Hospitals of the European Union (http://www.hope.be), has also been for as many years the forum where Eurofedop preserves contacts for the Trade Council of the Health Services.
Bert Van Caelenberg participated in the meeting that took place in the office of EUCOMED (http://www.eucomed.org).
This organisation, representing the medical technologies industry in Europe, gave a presentation of the activities it organises around “The re-use of single-use medical devices in Europe”. It namely presented its resolution on “EU action to regulate the reprocessing of single use medical devices in order to protect the health and safety of patients and health care workers”.
This resolution that deals more in depth with
- general risk of infection,
- risk of device impairment,
- informed consent,
- specific risk of Hepatitis infection,
will be part of the discussion that will be held within the board of Eurofedop’s group of the health services.

Bert Van Caelenberg gave more information about the Eurofedop activities, namely in connection with our participation in the ILO session in Geneva.
Gave also explanation on their actions and plans :
- EAS,
Although HOPE has made us understand, by a previous letter of its secretary general K. Schutyser, that it is not interested in becoming a social partner - side of the employers -, Eurofedop will continue doing its very best to persuade HOPE, that we have informal contacts with since 10 years, to take a place around the European negotiation table.
Report to :
- the Executive Committee
- the Members of the Trade Council Health Services

19th Congress of the DPVKOM
Erfurt (Germany), 26-28.09.2002
"Innovative trade union policy for workers aware of their rights and duties"

From 26 to 28 September 2002, the 19th Congress of the DPVKOM took place in Erfurt (Germany). Willi Russ (49) was confirmed in his office, with a great majority. W. Russ has led the DPVKOM since 1992.
Were re-elected, colleague Elisabeth Kopp, employed at the RegTP (Regulatory Authority for Post and Telecommunication), colleagues Volker Geyer and Horst Saeffaerth, both employed at the national secretariat of the DPVKOM in Bonn, and colleague Werner Gutknecht from the RV Nord (Regional Federation North). Colleague Karlheinz Vernet Kosik, up till now chairman of the DPVKOM-Bavaria, was for the first time elected to the Federal Board. Women and senior members will also be represented for the first time in the Board, namely through Ilse Roll respectively Günter Weidig.
Themes :
- Personnel policy - oath taken by the Deutsche Telekom AG towards the new Bundesländer, that it has not taken away anything of their property.
- New, innovative ways in the salary policy in Post, Telecommunication and the Postal Bank.

- The communication trade union DPV is against the planned closing of the Postal Bank in Leipzig.
- The Deutsche Post AG plans a drastic reduction of the number of postboxes.
- Workers demand Fairness.
Participated in this Congress as guests, Eurofedop members from The Netherlands, France, Austria, Luxemburg, Slovakia, Croatia. The Eurofedop delegation, among which secretary general Bert Van Caelenberg, was represented at the opening speeches by President Fritz Neugebauer.
He greeted the Congress and praised the Chairman who has specially committed himself in recent years to strengthening the ties with Central and Eastern European trade unions.
For more info about the DPVKOM Congress, go to www.dpvkom.de .
Bert Van Caelenberg
Secretary General Eurofedop

Working visit to the CFTC (France)

For this working visit on 23 October 2002, the following items appeared on the agenda : follow-up to the Congress, preparation of trade councils, exchange of views on present trade union realities.
Mrs Nicole Prud’Homme, Member of the Executive Committee of Eurofedop, had invited the CFTC member federations Post & Telecom, Health, FGF, Defence and Police, to a joint meeting with a Eurofedop delegation in Paris.
This delegation consisted of Wilhelm Gloss, who represented the President of Eurofedop, Jean-François Engel, vice-president of the CCOD/CCSP, and Bert Van Caelenberg, secretary general of Eurofedop.
The CFTC underlined the necessity of stimulating the grassroots participation through the existing structures. Through the introduction of trade union activists in the study on specific subjects, the trade council sessions can get an extra, positive dimension.

Problems that exceed the national borders, must be dealt with at European level, eg with regard to the recognition of diplomas in the health professions, the shortage of carers.
Eurofedop’s involvement in European social dialogue, the Troika sessions, the results of contacts with the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, should be made more visible through multimedia techniques.
An important role here can be played by the website, that has received a facelift.
The agenda 2003 will require efforts from all organisations. However, they can rely on the support given by EUROFEDOP that declared, through the Treasurer and the Secretary General, to back up the positions of the CFTC.
This successful meeting made it clear that the membership to Eurofedop and Infedop is a sure way to trade union pluralism, which is an "acquis" in France. And which remains a necessity in Europe, as Eurofedop once more underlines.

Bruxelles, 11.04.2002

For Eurofedop: Wilhelm Gloss, Jean-Paul Devos, Bert Van Caelenberg
Services of general interest play a vital role in the daily lives of citizens and are one of the values un-derlying the European social model. However, if the process of political and economic integration within the European Union is to move forward, a series of measures is needed. This is the principal finding of an exploratory opinion (entitled Services of general interest), adopted by a large majority by the EESC on 17 July (rapporteur: Mr Hernández Bataller, Various Interests, Spain).
The Committee believes there is a need for the Commission to present a proposal for a framework Directive consolidating the political principles governing services of general economic interest and giving Member States the flexibility they need in this area. The proposal for a Directive should consider the reasons for setting up a service of general interest, which can be both economic and social.