The EESC calls on the European Commission and the Member States to apply existing fiscal regulatory systems and tax regimes to the collaborative/digital economy. “The legal framework must lead to a fair and balanced tax system for all economic activities and business models, without limiting the collaborative economy’s potential to provide jobs and growth,” says Giuseppe Guerini, rapporteur of the EESC opinion on taxation of the collaborative economy, which was adopted at the October plenary session.
The far-reaching changes in the world of work, such as the blurring of the previously well-defined roles of employers and workers and the rise in the number of workers in precarious employment, make it imperative for the role of social dialogue and collective bargaining to be acknowledged and strengthened, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) said in a recent exploratory opinion requested by the Estonian presidency and adopted at the EESC’s last plenary session in September.
This hearing is part of the Committee’s work on opinion TEN/641 Aviation: An Open and Connected Europe. In the presence of the EC’s Director-General Henrik Hololei and Filip Cornelis, Director of Aviation Policy, the Committee will bring together key stakeholders from the aviation sector, trade unions, regulators, and passenger associations, to take stock of the current situation in terms of service continuity and to explore ways forward that create added value for all stakeholders and high quality services in Europe’s aviation sector.
The hearing is part of the preparation of an own-initiative opinion by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) aiming at setting out the measures that should be implemented in the maritime technology industry to achieve the Europe 2020 targets in terms of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, in particular by means of “blue growth”.
The final Opinion will be transmitted to the European Institutions for consideration.
The agenda includes items related to energy & climate, environment, digital, trade, transport and general policy.
Technological developments are full of opportunities, but also risks, disability organisations warn at an EESC public hearing.
Challenges of future work will be best tackled through strong social policies and education, says EESC.
More than 120 participants took part in the 9th Meeting of European Union, Latin American and Caribbean organised civil society, which took place on 3rd and 4th October in Panama City. Representatives of civil society organisations from the EU, Latin America and the Caribbean, of regional and national advisory bodies, employers’ organisations, trade unions, and other economic and social organisations expressed their regret about the postponement and possible cancellation of the EU-CELAC Summit 2017, which was planned to take place at the end of October 2017 in El Salvador.
The last meeting of the EU-Serbia Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) took place on 3 October in Belgrade. Full article…
Local communities anticipate and implement sustainable projects long before policy-makers discuss them, revealed a conference jointly organised on 22 September by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability (ECOLISE). Full article…
Agenda items include environment, digital, transport and general policy.
The agenda includes items on the European interoperability framework – implementation strategy, on clean, competitive and connected mobility for all, on the interoperability of the electronic toll system and on the Eurovignette.
Concerns over the social costs and the financing of the energy transition ran through all panel discussions at the EESC’s European Energy Dialogue, organised by the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels on 8 September. The event focused on the European Commission’s proposed Clean Energy for All Europeans package as seen by a wide spectrum of civil society stakeholders debating with European institutions and market players. Full article…
The EESC sounds the alarm amid a summer of heavy storms, landslides and other freak weather events. Several EESC proposals for the better protection of nature have been met with no reaction from the Commission or the Member States so far. “We again call on the Commission and Member States to ensure a swift and consistent implementation of the biodiversity strategy, particularly of the Birds and Habitat Directive and the Water Directive as important means of protecting biodiversity”, says German EESC member Lutz Ribbe, referring to his opinion on EU biodiversity policy.