RECOVERY & INVESTMENT AD HOC GROUP 2nd MEETING

    HIGHLIGHTS 

    • Crisis will accelerate the transition and capacity of some countries to use this momentum to accompany the transition is bigger than others.
    • We have to closely monitor the impact that GDP losses will have on unemployment. A huge number of jobs will be lost. End of emergency measures may lead to a huge negative impact on employment
    • Forecasts should take into account the impact of Brexit. A no agreement option is more likely today and can have a negative impact on 2021 economic outlook.
    • More measures to protect workers will be needed and this will increase debt levels. Escape Clause of SGP has to be continued and possibly start a new phase for revisitng the SGP.
    • Increasing worries about gaps and what and when money can be spent. No clear if the RRF can be retroactive. Caution was expressed on own resources coming from climate-change-related revenues like ETS or CBAM.
    • Transparency and openness of process at national levels to identify investment processes. Risk to be remained entrenched into burocracy or closed circles of experts. Risks of fragmented consultation with soical partners. Proposal for reinforcing the involvement of social partners building on experience and practices already in place for the structural funds. It has to be clarified how consultation with social partners will work. A permanent body with social partners can be built at European level to monitor the RRF implementation.
    • Women are particularly exposed for family charged and discriminating practices.
    • The recovery Plan will help the construction sector but there are no ambitions at EU level for EU-wide infrastructure programmes, other mode of transportation and renovation wave. Sector dimension of the Recovery plan has to be better considered. 
    • Get away from dogma of austerity. Collective agreements have to be there, be used and avoid social dumping as in the past. Money should go only to companies that respect collective bargaining
    • Need to have concrete indexes to monitor on training and public services. We need criteria for added value of territoirs and also wages and working conditions for cadres.
    • The European Parliament is improving the proposal for a Recovery Plan for Europe. We should be very clear where the money should go. It is correct to loosen the link with the European Semester.
    • Macroeconomic conditionalities in Art. 9 of the RRF Regulation have to be removed.

     

    AGENDA

    14:00  The Recovery Plan of the EU after EUCO Conclusions on the 17-21 July. (ETUC Secretariat) 

    14:15  Assessment of the Recovery Plan and priorities, general debate 

    15:15 The Recovery Plan and institutional lobby. Focus on the Recovery and Resilience Facility Regulation. (ETUC Secretariat) 

    15:20  Break 

    15.40 Inputs from participants 

    16:00 Gathering TU inputs for Country Reports and national plans 2021 (Investments + Just transition(s), country-based and secotr-based inputs)  

    16:30 Next steps 

    17:00   End of the meeting 

     

    Materials

    - Template for Inputs for Country reports and Recovery and Resiliance national Plans  Plans  

    - Recovery Plan Timeline (scroll down at the page bottom)

    - PPT Presentation on the Recovery Plan for Europe

    - Proposals for amendments to the regulations implementing the NextGenerationEU and a draft Discussion Note providin the rational behind.  

     

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