FTF and LO suggest a Danish PPP unit
FTF and LO propose that Denmark can develop the public sector and create more private jobs by creating a national unit with knowledge and guidance on public-private collaboration. The proposal is highly supported by particularly Danish Chamber of Commerce, OECD and private investors.
The Danish newspaper DenOffentlige.dk sheds light on the proposal by FTF and LO with a press release Tuesday May 27. The two main trade unions FTF and LO point that it requires expertise to implement a successful PPP project or an innovation project where a public workplace cooperate with private companies on new solutions. Hence, there is a need for more knowledge and better guidance for these PPP projects and cooperation. Therefore FTF and LO suggest to gather knowledge on challenges and best practices in a national unit in which private and public actors can get advice and inspiration, in order to avoid that good cooperation ends because of high barriers within this field.
The proposal is one of the 22 concrete policy proposals that the two main organizations present together in an election manifesto titled "Together we create value."
At last year’s Folkemødet an argument for legislation on Public-Private Partnerships was taken up by the Platform’s Academic Co-director Carsten Greve. His suggestion about the more formalized PPP framework and a focus on regulations of PPPs was met with great interest and support from former minister Ida Auken and not least Chairman of the main trade union FTF Bente Sorgenfrey. Carsten Greve therefore supports the proposal by FTF and LO and points in the article that “Many countries have a Public-Private unit - for example, Belgium, Canada, France and Germany. OECD has both in 2010 and 2012 recommended its member countries to set up Public-Private units, and countries have done this when it was relevant to their own country's policy. It will be a clear advantage for Denmark to catch up with other OECD countries."
Read the whole article [in Danish] at DenOffentlige.dk