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  • Fair wages - 04.09.2020

    Social partners' ability to negotiate wages should not be undermined
    The European Commission is considering introducing legislation to ensure fair minimum wages across the Union. While the aim is laudable, CEMR has grave concerns about the Commission’s approach, which have been shared with the EU executive as part of its official consultation.

    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 - 27.02.2020

    Organising and communicating webinars and seminars
    We are looking for a contractor to help organise and produce videos for webinars and seminars. For more information, have a look at our call for tender.
  • Fair minimum wages - 25.02.2020

    Social partners must remain central to wage bargaining
    At the social dialogue meeting of local and regional governments held today, CEMR and EPSU agreed to submit to the European Commission a joint 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 - 23.04.2018

    European Week of Regions and Cities | Vote for the sessions you are the most interested in
    Our personal tip: “Localising the social pillar: the role of local authorities in the EU Semester”, organised by CEMR (you can find it in the “Economic development, employment” cluster). You can vote 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

    CEMR launches new project for a fairer social future
    We are proud to be launching a new project: "Localising the European Semester”.

    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 - 29.11.2017

    CEMR and EPSU publish new guidelines on gender equality in local and regional government
    As employers and service providers, local governments have a major role to play in promoting gender equality in public administration. Reflecting on the evolution of this issue since the first guidelines on gender equality were drawn up by CEMR and EPSU ten years ago, we have decided to publish new, up-to-date guidelines 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 - 08.12.2016

    New guidelines for fair integration of migrants in the labour market
    Integrating migrants in the labour market can be a real challenge for local governments.  CEMR and the European Public Service Union (EPSU) 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 - 11.06.2015

    CEMR experts meet with EU Commission on 'public procurement’ and ‘concessions’ directives
    On 11 June, members of the expert group on public services met with representatives from the European Commission to exchange on the latest developments regarding the transposition of the ‘public 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 - 16.04.2015

    Call for applications for the selection of experts in public procurement
    The European Commission has launched a new 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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Leonardo Ebner
Policy Adviser - Employment and Public Services

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Tel. : + 32 2 213 86 96
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