Building up a more sustainable and resilient European economy and completing Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) should be priorities for the next European Commission and European Parliament: these points emerged from a public hearing held by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 12 April 2019.
Civil society representatives from both the EU and Turkey called on Turkish authorities to undertake major reforms in the fields of rule of law and human rights as a prerequisite to resume accession negotiations with the EU. The JCC members also discussed other important aspects of the relations EU-Turkey relations, such as the role of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in bilateral trade. Both sides highlighted the need for specific measures to facilitate SMEs activities, particularly the liberalisation of visas for Turkish citizens, as visas constitute one of the main non-tariff barriers to trade.
Europe should become the global leader of sustainable development (SD). This is the key message of the EESC opinion on “Listening to the citizens of Europe for a sustainable Europe”, which was adopted at the March plenary in preparation for the Sibiu summit.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has adopted at its March plenary session an opinion on the Joint Communication “Connecting Europe and Asia – Building blocks for an EU Strategy”, issued by the European Commission and the EU High Representative in September 2018. The EESC considers it to be a seriously missed opportunity, with many significant strategic gaps, little ambition and no real depth of vision offered as to the development of EU’s relationship and connectivity with Asia.
Endocrine disruptors are substances of particular concern; in order to minimise or better avoid any risks, the use of these substances must be embedded in coherent and harmonised EU legislation. The EESC therefore endorses the European Commission communication on endocrine disruptors and calls for a coherent, consistent and holistic strategy that is based on scientific knowledge and includes an action plan with clear targets and deadlines.
EESC presents bold vision for the future of the European Unionbeyond Sibiu.
The European Union must get closer to its citizens and become the global leader in sustainable development, argues the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in a bold opinion on the future of the EU, which was adopted at its plenary session in March. In this opinion, the Committee calls for a new EU strategy which takes a holistic and cross-sector policy approach centred around Europeans’ needs and sustainability, and puts forward policy recommendations touching on eleven priorities.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) throws its support behind the action plan presented by the Commission and the EU High Representative to counter disinformation and points out that a coordinated response, with an active role played by civil society, is essential.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Industry4Europe coalition held a high-level roundtable on EU Industrial Policy on 7 March in Brussels.
EESC members and stakeholders of the aviation sector came together at the March meeting of the Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN) to assess its implications from the perspective of civil society.
Circular economy stakeholders from across Europe shared their success stories and the challenges they face during the second day of the Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference, which was hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee on 7 March 2019.