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    Detailed Agenda

    9.45am Opening, Liina Carr (minutes 2nd meeting)

    10am Updates on the legislative process and ETUC lobbying (ppt presentation), Kristian Bongelli

    10.15am People's Campaign (leaflet), Julian Scola

    10.30am Social partners involvement in the Recovery Plan (working document), Marco Cilento  

    10.45am debate

    11.15am pausa

    11.30am

    - ASGS 2021 and ETUC Position on coordinAtion of economic and social policies of the EU in 2021 (ppt)

    - ETUC document for Growth and Social Progress to build sustainable and resilient economies

    Marco Cilento

    Giovanni Casale

    12am Debate

    12.30am End of the 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.  

     

    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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