Green MEP Jean Lambert has today called on the European Commission to take action to protect and strengthen public services that are vital to the wellbeing of all European Citizens.
Speaking at the conference launching European Federation of Public Services Unions (EPSU) campaign backing the European Trade Unions Confederation (ETUC) Europe wide petition on the subject, Jean urged all those that care about public services to sign up.
Jean Lambert, who is Green MEP for London and has continued to campaign for the protection of public services, today said; "A wide variety of public services are relied upon by thousands of people across Europe and we simply can't sit back and see these being undermined. We all have to act now to ensure everyone has access to good health care, schools and quality public services now and in the future.
"It is essential that the public interest is seen as more important than open markets and by reaching the target of one million signatures on the petition, the European Commission will see there is a public demand for action."
The petition can be signed at www.petitionpublicservice.eu
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Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.