The EU has contributed to nearly 65 years of prosperity in Europe and industry has been the backbone of the economy during this time. While much has been achieved - e.g. peace and prosperity in Europe, the single market, etc. - Ceemet acknowledges the fact that much remains to be done and welcomes the broader debate on the future of the EU. As an industry representative body and recognised social partner, Ceemet is happy to take part in the process but will in this publication only put the focus on the issues which are relevant to the companies within the Metal, Engineering and Technology-based (MET) sector.
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Ceemet identifies within three main areas a range of measures to be taken into account by the European institutions. Ceemet believes they would greatly improve the functioning of the single market and help industry develop and confront the twin transitions.
- Labour mobility
- Skills: Right-skilled workforce
The measures per area are:
- Reduce the many administrative burdens and provide easily accessible and updated information for companies posting workers abroad.
- Investigate the possibility of setting up an EU single notification system via the European Labour Authority.
- Use the same structure on each single national website, while outlining the specificities of each national system, this will enhance its user friendliness.
- Implement the Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information project (EESSI) in order to allow a better, more efficient, and uniform exchange between administrations throughout all Member States.
- Set-up, properly, the European Social Security Pass (ESSP).
- Remove the red tape which is slowing down investment in industry, for example via the Commission’s current “one-in-one-out” proposal.
- Do not legislate in areas where there is no EU competence, if it is not laid down in the European treaties or the case-law of the European Court of Justice.
- Deliver a workable solution for due diligence of supply chains, ensuring EU companies competitiveness vis-à-vis third country companies.
- Ensure social partners are consulted on all relevant topics within an appropriate timeframe.
- Guarantee EU regulation and its national implementation is always checked against the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality and is based on the most recent evidence available.
- Ensure more consistency in the application of EU legislation, this would greatly facilitate companies operating within the EU.
- Respect the autonomy of social partners and ensure no EU, or national, interference in wage setting and collective bargaining.
- Put greater emphasis on best practice and guidance, in the field of Occupational Safety & Health, to make complying with EU legislation as less burdensome as possible.
- Carry out an impact assessment of the European Commission multi-annual work programme at the start of each mandate.
- Ensure upskilling and re-skilling initiatives are done in collaboration with social partners.
- Bring adequate support to companies, particularly SMEs, in identifying their skills needs and in developing training schemes which are adapted to the needs of their labour market.
- Put in place the necessary plans to finally end the stigma associated with VET learning.
- Promote STEM careers and disciplines to young people, and to young women in particular, in order to increase their uptake of these professions.
- Support capacity building of social partners at national level in order to improve their representativeness.