Ad Hoc Group Recovery & Investment

    FIRST MEETING OF THE R&I GROUP: KEY MESSAGES

    The involvement of social partners in drafting the national recovery plans is crucial. Otherwise we will encounter difficulties especially when the link between Semester and RRF is not clear. Some are afraid that the Semester may introduce conditionalities de facto.

    Some have introduced the issue of the EU own resources and repayment of the debt issued by the European Commission. Some consider a EU tax would be an important step forward; some others are afraid that this can create a backlash from citizens when see taxes increasing. In general, there is a preference for a European tax that should ensure entries through which the debt could be repaid but also with the aim to create more social justice.  Reference was made to all hypothesis currently on the table.

    Different views on if the Facilities under the NextGenEu should be temporary or permanent.

    Liina stressed that our work will defend the current proposal for Recovery Plan, we will make sure that single facilities, and funds, will fit for purpose and that the economic governance will boost the investment offensive. For instance, we will advocate for a reform of the SGP which includes at least:

    • A golden rule for investments (public investments should not be calculated in the deficit for SGP purpose)
    • Countries with excessive and long-standing surplus should be encouraged to invest (spend)
    • We should create a more favourable environment for private investments, rewarding companies that invest, and shifting taxation of non-productive or polluting productions.

    In our work we should continuously wonder what is relevant for trade unions and the people we represent:

    • We need to activate a virtuous triangle between investments, productivity and improvement of working conditions. We must be sure that employees will benefit from the green and digital economy.
    • Productivity is a huge point. Rebuilding supply chains in Europe poses huge problems of productivity and maintenance of labour standards. Collective bargaining is a must. Countries with poor collective bargaining are doomed to lag behind.
    • We have to be sure that the funds, instruments and facilities of the Recovery Plan respect and implement the European Pillar of Social Rights.
    • We have to be sure that money arrive in favour of workers that are suffering more (see also below)
    • We have to be present (and claiming the instruments to be present) in the implementation of the Recovery Plan and we have to be present in the EU Semester. In the InvestEU we have to be present in its governance.

    Full minutes available at the ETUC Secretarait. 

     

    USEFUL DOCUMENTS

    POLITICAL PRIORITIES

    Europe's moment: Repair and Prepare for the Next Generation

    The EU budget powering the recovery plan for Europe

    - A Road Map for Recovery  - Towards a more resilient, sustainable and fair EuropeTowards a more resilient, sustainable and fair Europe

     

    ETUC DOCS

    - ETUC Resolution on the EU recovery strategy after the COVID-19 outbreak

    - ETUC position: An EU Economic and Social Governance for a prompt, strong and sustained recovery

    - Terms of Reference on the functioning of the Ad Hoc Group on Recovery & Investment

    - PPT  Cilento at the 1st meeting (for internal use only)

     

    LEGISLATIVE ACTS IMPLEMENTING THE RECOVERY PLAN

    - Recovery and Resilience Facility

    - React UE

    - Just Transition Fund

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