The Public Social Responsibility (P/S/R) Institute endorses 7 concise recommendations for the reorganisation of services of general (economic) interest in the EU member states. The 7 P/S/R Statements build on scientific findings emphasised in the P/S/R Position Paper “Services Of General (Economic) Interest” compiled by the P/S/R Institute in cooperation with its Scientific Advisory Board. The 7 P/S/R Statements are a comprehensive package of measures, public authorities may use when conceiving normative stipulations.
|Statement 1 | Services of general (economic) interest are a human right
Everyone has the right to clean water, enough to eat, local supply, health, energy, public transport, and ICT as well as postal, waste management and waste water services nearby. In conformity with the principles of the European Internal Market, the fundamental right to services of general (economic) interest should be enshrined in the national constitutions of the EU member states.
|Statement 2 | The member states define (their) public service obligations
In accordance with Art 36 Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, the member states are encouraged to spell out their public service obligations – at least in the form of framework obligations – in the respective sector-specific national laws.
|Statement 3 | Stakeholders draft guidelines used to define KPIs in a dialogue
In accordance with relevant legal stipulations, contracting authorities, contractors, social partners and further stakeholders should develop guidelines in Expert Advisory Boards and transform them into operative key figures by means of key performance indicators (KPIs).
|Statement 4 | Guidelines are used in public procurement processes
Contracting authorities integrate the operative key figures formulated in the guidelines, which are in conformity with the respective material laws, in their tenders. It is incumbent upon contracting authorities to monitor the application of these operative key figures in public procurement processes.
|Statement 5 | Implementation of control and monitoring systems in core administrative bodies
The principles of public management make it necessary to implement quality assurance systems and control instruments in core administrative bodies in order to ensure that competition for public contracts and concessions in services of general (economic) interest is socially balanced.
|Statement 6 | Respect of Good Governance Principles
Compliance systems ought to guarantee lawfulness and legal certainty by controlling and monitoring public procurement processes. This also applies to the provision of these services by contractors the public administration and split-offs the latter have chosen to work with. The core administration needs to be equipped with the instruments necessary to ensure abidance with the principles of transparency, accountability, legitimacy and compliance.
|Statement 7 | Strengthen our regions
The member states need to promote and strengthen their regions at national level in order to counteract a rural exodus in rural and peripheral areas. To ensure that essential supply of facilities and utilities exist and to develop new approaches towards regional development and local supply, catalogues of criteria setting forth minimum supply and service standards ought to be developed.