On 20 March the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) together with the Bulgarian Economic and Social Council will host its 20th European Consumer Day. The event will take place in Sofia this year.
Members of the ENVE commission visited the Lodzkie Region on 14-15 March to get acquainted with best practices in the area of the circular economy.
EESC rapporteur on Artificial Intelligence (AI) Catelijne Muller says the strategy, as outlined by Commissioner Ansip to the EESC’s plenary on March 15, fully meets the Committee’s call for the European Union to take global pole position in determining the framework for the responsible development and deployment of AI.
The EESC acknowledges the Commission’s Communication Tackling Illegal Content Online – Towards and enhanced responsibility of online platforms as a first and useful step but is not satisfied with its scope. It therefore calls on the Commission to establish programmes and effective measures to provide a stable and consistent legal framework for the efficient removal of illegal content.
The members of the Committee will discuss the latest developments in EEA as well as EU/EFTA issues. The Consultative Committee will adopt a resolutions on the social aspects of the Mobility Package (“Europe on the move”).
Social fairness and civil society participation must be at the heart of energy talks at all levels, from local to European. The first of the two “EESC Energy Days” organised in Brussels on 7 March 2018 discussed the state of play and future developments in EU energy policy.
The second “Energy Day” organised by the EESC in Brussels, on 8 March 2018, looked at the forthcoming changes to the current Gas Directive. In its proposal, the European Commission maintains that gas pipelines from and to third countries should comply with the core principles of existing EU legislation. Some civil society organisations, though, highlight the uncertainty that this new text would bring in legal, commercial and environmental terms.
The European Commission’s proposal is overdue, and lacks ambition, consistency, and convincing mechanisms for its effective implementation.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) proposes a European Dialogue, whose main goal would be to accelerate climate actions by making engagement more attractive to the multiplicity of non-state actors, particularly by facilitating the implementation of climate change actions.
Update: the programme has been published.
The objective of the hearing is to gather relevant views of experts and stakeholders that will help the EESC shape a comprehensive view of civil society on the Commission’s proposal.
The second day of the Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference, which was hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), focused on the ideas and actions which are emerging inmany parts of Europe, where SMEs, social economy enterprises, workers, farmers, manufacturers and consumers are actively implementing the circular economy on the ground.
The EESC is preparing opinions on the new package of policies implementing the CEAP, namely on the EU strategy on plastics in a circular economy (including action on marine litter), the monitoring framework for the circular economy and the interface between chemicals, products and waste legislation.