Third Nantes meeting on Public Services

16 - 17 october

Nantes Métropole and the City of Nantes cordially invite you to take part in the Third Nantes Meeting on Public Services.

On 16 and 17 October 2014, the 3rd Nantes Meeting on Public Services proposes to deepen the discussions held in Nantes since 2012, focusing on the principle of subsidiarity and the governance of public services.

Two European personalities will share their views and expertises during the debates: Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary of Public Services International (PSI), and Michel Delebarre, former President of the Committee of the Regions.


16 October : Conference and debate “Public Services and Europe”

Public services are a matter that concerns all citizens, whether they are users or stakeholders (volunteers from associations, professionals or public service officers, etc.). The current debate, however, seems to be reserved to a close circle of experts far removed from the real-world concerns of citizens.

The aim of this public conference is therefore to open a genuine citizen debate around the topic by allowing Nantes citizens and a panel of European and local stakeholders to exchange ideas.


17 October : Symposium “Public Services in Europe: towards greater recognition”

Three round tables will compare and contrast perspectives of institutional, European, national and local stakeholders and members of civil society.

European and national legislations : an ongoing challenge

Philip CORDERY, member of the French National Assembly, Secretary of the European Affairs Committee
Brigitte CLAVANIER, lawyer, Commission Permanente des Coordinations Associatives
Bertrand JEHANNO, General Secretariat for European Union affairs (SGAE)
Laurent GHEKIERE, Collectif and  CECODHAS
Vincent PRIOU, Director of the “Association culturelle TREMPOLINO” Nantes

“Public Procurement” and “Concessions“ Directives

André SOBCZAK, City councillor in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility, City of Nantes
Christiane THÖMMES, City of Munich, Chair of the Public Services working group of EUROCITIES
Sabine MARTORELL, Project manager, AFCCRE

Subsidiarity principle : European and national challenges

Keynote by Kerstin PEGLOW, senior lecturer, Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense University

Pascal BOLO, Vice-President of Nantes Métropole, Vice-Mayor of the City of Nantes
Valeria RONZITTI, General Secretary of the CEEP
Anna-Lisa BONI, General secretary of EUROCITIES
Christophe CHAILLOU, General Director, AFCCRE
Sonja WITTE, Head of European affairs department, VKU, German association for local public utilities

To know more about the previous meeting, download the synthesis of the 2013 debates : click here

For more information:

16 October 2014 programme
17 October 2014 programme

Registered attendees only – Free of charge
Online registration

Practical information :

  • Venue : Centre de Communication de l'Ouest (CCO), Place de Bretagne, 44047 Nantes, France
  • Phone : +33 (0)2 40 20 23 23
  • Accommodation :