Structural change is being implemented at local level. Citizens and workers should not merely bear the brunt of the transition, but shape and drive it forward. In future, job opportunities and the location of new industries should be supported more broadly than at present, and trade union codetermination must be guaranteed. We are working closely with trade union organisations, as well as national FES bureaus in the OSCE area and its partner organisations, discussing analyses and joint strategies at local and regional level.
The competence centre will draft proposals for a socially just energy and industrial policy, offer policy consultation and provide inputs for the public debate on climate policy in Europe and North America. We shall bring actors from a variety of backgrounds around the same table in order to find common solutions that can command majority support. We are a think tank for rising trends and we examine the redistributive effects of current reform initiatives, exert influence and have the courage to tackle difficult subjects. We shall help to form social alliances and support the activities of FES bureaus throughout the OSCE area.