The European Policy Centre, in the context of its “Political Europe” programme, had invited prominent representatives of the four largest European political parties to make their case and exchange views on the approach by the Commission and its impact on European markets and societies.
Following the launch of the Lisbon Strategy in March 2000, the European Commission and the Member States were asked to devise a strategy aimed at ‘eliminating the obstacles to the free movement of services’. This was the beginning of a process which resulted in the Commission proposal for a directive on services of general interest in March 2004.
Postal services are evolving rapidly. The Commission communication on the Lisbon Midterm Review recognizes that public services have a central role in an effective and dynamic single market.
Stakeholders' workshop on 26 April 2005 concerning the 2005 Commission Studies on postal services
Development of competition in the European postal sector
PSUN came to Europe for a study visit. On this occasion, President Johannes
Awebahe Hoeseb and Secretary General Victor Veziruapi Kazonyati were received
by the Secretary General of INFEDOP and his secretarial collaborators.
The visitors received information about the start-up and management of a website, the creation of a members database, the development of their own public relations and press service, the development of training for capacity building and the development of a networking such as the Eurofedop union networking.
They were also received by the CNV-Publieke Zaak (Netherlands), the ACV-Internationale Dienst (Belgium) and the EZA (Königswinter, Germany). The PSUN as trade union of Africa is member of the Panafrican Federation of Public Service Trade Unions (PFPSTU), member of INFEDOP.
Comité économique et social européen
The European Economic and Social Committee
Der Europäische Wirtschafts- und Sozialausschuss
|At the European Council of 22-23 March 2005 in Brussels, the heads of government of the Member States of the European Union decided to revise the services directive.|
|During the meeting of the Committee of Economic and Monetary Affairs on 29 March 2005, a hearing was held in which five experts, with different backgrounds, gave their opinion on the services directive and the White Paper on services of general interest. The hearing provided to be an insightful occasion for the exchange of views on the services directive in general and the White paper on services of general interest in particular, and will hopefully contribute positively to the process of drafting a revised services directive.|
Eurofedop is concerned about the future of the postal sector ... Consequently, the following observations and conclusions were made at our Trade Council Post and Telecom of 13th December 2004 in Luxembourg.
|Eurofedop held a meeting of its Trade Council
Justice on 14.01.2005 in Luxemburg. Dele-gates from countries of the EU
took positions with regard to the problems of Justice in Europe.
As European representatives of the personnel in this sector, they welcome the initiatives taken by the Luxemburg presidency in the field of Justice and Home Affairs. The creation of an area of freedom, security and justice also requires the involvement of the personnel. With this aim, they direct this communiqué to the Minister of Justice, Luc Frieden, and the Minister of Labour and Employment, François Biltgen.
A Constitution for Europe, with a better cooperation of Justice in civil matters, a better co-operation of the Police and Justice in criminal affairs and the creation of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office, will be unachievable without the involvement of all levels of the per-sonnel working in these services.
The European Council expressed a wish for a more effective implementation of adopted measures. Eurofedop and its members of the sector of Justice want to offer their contribu-tion to this during the Luxemburg presidency.
The fight against AIDS is another of the Luxemburg priorities. There must be a balance between prevention and treatment. Our delegates from the Prisons sector insist on the need for prevention. The prevention of sharps injuries in prisons and prison hospitals requires actions coordinated at European level.
The overpopulation in European prisons is not a passing problem. On the basis of the explanation given by an expert of the CPT of the Council of Europe, Eurofedop draws the following conclusions:
The shift from “a national to a European security culture” cannot be a pretext for ignoring the need for tackling the overpopulation in prisons. As a direct measure, we request that the European Union would investigate the problem and put down the results in writing. The results of such studies should be part of a European model of consultation with the personnel representatives of national representative trade unions.
Finally, the delegates expressed their astonishment
over the still pending problem of awarding “trade union rights”
to the personnel of prisons in the UK. They support the campaign that
has been set up by the POA (Prison Officers’ Association) of this
country and appeal to the committee of social affairs of the European
Parliament for urgently ask-ing the Blair Government for more explanation.