The WG members aim to ensuring all citizens are provided with access to high-quality services, which are efficient, reliable and affordable, and which contribute to the shared values of solidarity, social and territorial cohesion and sustainable development.The main issues they deal with are: provision of public services, public procurement, concessions, state aid, and trade agreements such as TISA (Trade in Services Agreement).
The working group examines issues relating to cities’ financing, organisation and delivery of public services.
ensuring that the form of provision of local services, including whether or not to tender out, can still be decided at local level in accordance with the principles of subsidiarity and local self-government
promoting a more balanced integration of social and environmental considerations into all aspects of the EU internal market and competition policy
insisting on careful assessment of the long-term impact of liberalisation of markets on the affordability, quality and continuity of essential services in already liberalised sectors before liberalising any new sectors
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