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Fair wages - 04.09.2020
As employers, local governments fear that the proposed legislation would infringe on the autonomy of social partners to negotiate wages and could even create a downward convergence of wages around the minimum standards.
For more information, please consult CEMR’s full response to consultation.
Call for tender - 27.02.2020call for tender.
Fair minimum wages - 25.02.2020joint reaction on possible EU action on fair minimum wages.
CEMR and EPSU support upward wage convergence and shared economic prosperity across the EU, gender pay equality and sustainable funding of social protection systems.
However, we think that any EU action must ensure that wages, as a general rule, are autonomously agreed by or with national social partners. No member state should be required to introduce a statutory minimum wage system and any other conditions should only be introduced when they are proposed by the social partners at national level, including associations of local and regional governments.
EWRC 2018 - 23.04.2018vote until 27 April. To be clear: the rating results will not be binding but only indicative. They will help the organisers to better design the event.
Social dialogue - 21.12.2017
The European Semester is a 6-month period in which member states align their economic and social policies with the goals and rules agreed upon at EU level. Up until now, this process has only taken place between the EU and national governments, although towns and regions are directly impacted, particularly on the social level. We want this to change: local governments should have a seat at the table when their future is being discussed.
CEMR is launching this project in partnership with EPSU and with the support of the European Commission.
Gender equality - 29.11.2017guidelines on the matter. We will also be working hand in hand with EPSU and our members to follow up on the implementation of these guidelines on the ground.
Social Dialogue - 08.12.2016EPSU) have just approved and adopted joint guidelines that support strengthening anti-discrimination measures in local and regional governments.
These guidelines recognise how important the inclusion of migrants in the labour market is as part of inclusion in society as a whole. Towns and regions in all of Europe will be able to benefit from these guidelines.
The guidelines were adopted during the plenary meeting of the European Social Dialogue Committee on Monday 5 December 2016. Representing CEMR, the co-chair of the Social Dialogue Committee, Malin Looberger, was present; alongside the representative from EPSU and other Social Dialogue Committee co-chair, Mads Samsing.
The joint guidelines are available in seven languages.
Public services - 11.06.2015public procurement’ and ‘concessions’ directives, which was passed in 2014.
Given their crucial impact on local and regional governments, CEMR has been actively involved in this process. Public procurements indeed constitute more than 15% of the EU GDP and offer strategic solutions to fulfil their public service missions. This naturally led the European Commission to reaffirm its willingness to pursue exchanges and collaboration with the CEMR and its member associations.
Members of the expert group also reported on the TTIP talks and the outook for state aid and VAT rules developments.
See also: CEMR's position on TTIP
Public Procurement - 16.04.2015new call for applications to set up a stakeholders expert group on public procurement. The group’s main mission will be providing the Commission with high-quality legal, economic, technical and/or practical insight and expertise to help it shape the EU’s public procurement policy.
The deadline for application is Saturday 25 April.
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