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A European petition for public services

by Melanchthon Wed Dec 12th, 2007 at 06:20:37 AM EST

The European Trade-Union Confederation organises a Europe-wide petition for high quality public services accessible to all


Public services  are essential for social, economic and regional cohesion in Europe. Such services must be of high quality and accessible to everyone. Until now, the only options put forward for developing public services have been privatisation or liberalisation (namely in sectors such as Energy, the Post and Telecommunications). It is time to find different solutions!

For this reason, we are calling on the Commission to propose European legislation on public services designed to:

- Give priority to the general interest embodied in public services;
- Ensure that everyone has access to public services;
- Strengthen public services in order to guarantee citizens' fundamental rights;
- Guarantee more legal security so as to allow the development of sustainable public service missions;
- Give public services a firm legal basis and thus immunity from ideologically motivated free market attacks.

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Services of General Interest

Services of General Interest

Public services - known in the European Union as services of general interest (SGIs) and services of general economic interest (SGEIs) - are vital to everyone. They have a decisive influence on the quality of people's lives, and are essential for social, economic and regional cohesion in Europe. For this reason the ETUC regards universal access to services to be a fundamental right.

The broadest definition of SGIs covers everything from water, energy supply and waste disposal, to healthcare and social services, education and postal deliveries. These services cannot be governed merely by commercial, free-market rules, because this would mean the weakest and most needy would always lose out.

The ETUC believes that services in the EU need a strong regulatory framework to ensure continuity of supply and fair access for everyone. They must be of the highest possible standard, and therefore subject to democratic control involving both consumers and workers in these crucial sectors.

It is supported by political personalities and European political parties like the PSE and the Greens. It has already gathered more than 500 000 signatures.

Go sign it!

Hurrah!  Done.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.
by metavision on Thu Dec 6th, 2007 at 01:23:54 PM EST
Oh, and please, spread the word! It would be great to reach a million signatures...

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Thu Dec 6th, 2007 at 06:50:59 PM EST
I signed the petition.

It's beginning to piss me off that people asking for Europeans' personal information don't ask for both nationality and residence. What do they mean by "Country"? More importantly, when it comes to validating signatures at the Commission, is the correct country the one where one has nationality of residence? Or both?

Also, the right of initiative (for this is what it is, an initiative, not a petition) will be incorporated into the Reform Treaty (alongside a separate right of petition). Is there a risk that the initiative signatures will need to be dated after the Treaty comes into force, in which case we'll all have to go and re-sign?

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Dec 12th, 2007 at 06:25:43 AM EST

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