(15 March 2013) The European Parliament voted on the socalled Energy Roadmap 2050, 14 March 2013. The roadmap argues that Co2 emissions should be almost zero in 2050. EPSU has argued that there should be clear targets also in the years between 2020 and 2050. The most recent discussion took place in the EPSU Standing Committee. The Parliament has now approved its report and agreed with EPSU that more stability and security is needed. Parliament continues to see the markets as the main (...)
The Russian electricity union (Elprof) is organizing a day of actions on 20 February 2013. It is mobilizing across the country to put pressure on the employers.
Despite repeated rounds of negotiations and earlier protest actions the employers are not moving. EPSU has written a letter of support to the union and has asked Russian government leaders to use their influence to get the employers moving. Some of the companies are publicly owned. The union has stressed that wages of managers (...)
(Brussels, 7 September 2012 - Press Release) A new report from the Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU), University of Greenwich explores ongoing developments in the European energy market since the opening of the electricity and gas markets The report shows the challenges for workers, unions and European Works Council of dealing with reduction of emissions, problems with nuclear developments and continued merger and takeover activities including of networks and by private (...)
EPSU/FES South East European Energy Round Table
Bosnia-Herzegovina, 80320 Kupres
04-05 September 2012,
European Federation of Public Service Unions and Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung kindly invite you to attend
the 12th South East European Energy Round Table (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hotel “Adria Ski”, Čajuša bb, 80320 Kupres)
As usual, the main aim of the meeting is
informing on South East European Energy Community,
implementing the Memorandum of Understanding on the Social (...)
(15 June 2012) Following a broad discussion with the affiliated trade unions, a resolution that maps the European trade union position towards Qatar was adopted by the ETUC Executive Committee 5-6 June 2012. The next meeting of States that will consider how to follow up the Kyoto Protocol will take place in Qatar in December 2013.
ETUC is demanding ambitions targets from the EU and progress in developing the just transition principles and commitment with regard to decent jobs. ETUC is (...)
(14 June 2012) European environmental and social organisations, ETUC and development groups call on EU governments and the European Commission to argue for concrete actions in Rio. The groups say that the “European countries and other developed countries have to commit in Rio to substantially reducing their consumption of the Earth’s limited natural resources, in so doing stimulating innovation and jobs through energy and resource efficiency. European leaders have to implement agreed EU (...)
(14 June 2012) A group of civil society organisations took the initiative to appeal to the UN General Secretary to end the influence of corporations on the UN and its institutions. EPSU has signed the statement as have over 370 organisations across the world.
More and more the UN and its institutions engage in special partnerships with large transnational companies to realize general objectives. Business groups get special access and privileges which translates in influence over policy (...)
(11 June 2012) The United Nations Environmental Programme has updated its overview of the challenges facing the earth in preparation of the Rio+20 Conference taking place in Mid June in Rio de Janeiro. The study concludes that “neither the scope of environmental policy nor the speed of its implementation has been sufficient”. Policies such as “enhanced resource efficiency and climate mitigation. Measures have “fundamentally failed to reduce environmental problems on a global scale.”
The study (...)
(22 May 2012) The Centre for global dialogue and cooperation, a private sector initiative, organized their annual meeting on the social aspects of energy policy. Speakers and panels addressed energy trends in the context of social development, social expectations, energy reforms and public perceptions, democracy vs economic power. EPSU’s Deputy General Secretary spoke in one of the panels and addressed the background to austerity, the impact of the coordinated austerity, the deregulation of (...)
(23 April 2012) The Energy Community is bringing many changes for the energy sector in the Western Balkans. This will also be the case for Moldova and Ukraine which have become members of the Energy Community. The governments of these two countries have also committed to implement the Memorandum of Understanding on the Social Dimension of the Energy Community. For the first time participants of EPSU affiliates from these countries were present at an event organized in the frame of the (...)