CEEMET represents the interests of employers’ organisations in the metal, engineering and technology-based industries from 18 European countries with a particular focus on social policy issues. Furthermore, CEEMET has established and is developing a network of contacts with employers’ organisations in the new EU Member States. Our member organisations currently represent around 200,000 companies, employing some 12 million people.
CEEMET has taken note of the Commission’s Communication of 9 February 2005 on ”the Social Agenda” and welcomes the fact that the Commission reaffirms that the sustainable development of Europe is based on “balanced economic growth” which is thus, and CEEMET shares this finding, a precondition for “full employment and social progress”. However, in CEEMET’s view, the Social Agenda is very wide-ranging and to a certain extent contradictory. Although we share most of the goals of the Commission, we do not share its ideas of how best to achieve these.
The Commission states that “the added value of the Social Agenda is beyond doubt”. However, CEEMET believes that an extensive social agenda will inevitably have detrimental effects on employment by creating more legal constraints and imposing administrative burdens for companies.
Furthermore, the ten new Members States who only joined the EU in May 2004, as well as those who will join the EU in 2007, are still in the process of implementing the social “acquis communautaire” and will inevitably have difficulties in implementing any new legislative proposals. CEEMET therefore calls for a moratorium on any new legislative measures and urges the Commission to ensure a proper transposition and application of all existing Directives in the “old” and the “new” Member States.