According to the EESC, the European manufacturing system can only make an effective and competitive transition to a cutting-edge digital and environmentally friendly economy when it is ready for significant investments in innovation. As the main job creators and providers, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) need particular support. The steps planned by the European Commission to facilitate better development of the manufacturing system should therefore be consistently based on real awareness of companies’ – especially SMEs’ – needs.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) calls on the Commission to reflect in more depth on policy options that help both to reduce greenhouse gases and thus fight climate change and to maintain competitiveness.
Originally associated with cryptocurrencies, blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) are in fact very versatile and can be usefully applied to the social economy. However, it is important to regulate them properly and gear them to benefits for all, allowing everyone to participate, says the EESC in a report tabled at its July plenary.
The main objective of the hearing will be to discuss the effectiveness and efficiency of EU retail policies and to collect valuable input and feedback from Finnish stakeholders on the issue in order to find ways to improve these policies. Particular emphasis will be placed on the recommendations presented in the EESC opinion with a view to their implementation at national level.
The EU needs to put greater emphasis on short supply chains and agroecology in farming in order to preserve its agriculture and make it more resilient to new challenges, such as climate change. Agroecology is also a way to secure our food supply, make our food healthier and as such raise its value.
The European Union should grasp the opportunity of the new political mandate and financial period to improve its economic policy coordination and governance. The European Semester should become the most important element of economic policy coordination and a multi-level and multi-actor governance approach should be implemented, says the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). It suggests that an EESC competence centre for exchange of information could be established to address implementation concerns in relation to a future EU strategy.
So far, actions to boost the development of a circular economy in Europe have centred on production, getting industries to introduce circular business models and bring circular options to the market. Now conditions are ripe for getting consumers involved, and empowering them to make sustainable purchasing choices in their daily lives, says an EESC report adopted in July.
Farm profitability and economic viability is a serious issue in the EU, where farmers’ incomes on average amount to just 46.5% of those in other economic sectors.
In this opinion on the farming profession and the profitability challenge, the EESC voices its support for strengthening the role of farmers. The key message is that farmers cannot remain passive and allow other operators in the chain to claim a disproportionate share of profits.
At its plenary session in July, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) presented proposals for the economic agenda of the upcoming legislative period (2019-2024) and recommended that they should form the basis of a new European economic strategy. The Committee’s proposals seek to develop more resilient and sustainable EU economic policies within an improved governance framework for the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).
The 18 July plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels played host to PR 35/2019, Finland’s Minister of Social Affairs and Health, who presented the programme of the Finnish EU presidency. This includes a special focus on sustainability and the wellbeing of citizens. Minister Pekonen also listed enhancing the rule of law and EU values among its other priorities.
Given the sensitivities of qualified majority voting (QMV) in tax matters, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) supports the European Commission’s ambition to kick-start a debate on how to reform decision-making in EU tax policy.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) calls on the Commission to reflect in more depth on policy options that help both to reduce greenhouse gases and thus fight climate change and to maintain competitiveness. The goal must be to better protect and promote the EU’s resource and energy-intensive industries (REII), otherwise Europe runs the risk of losing jobs to less clean economies and missing its goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
In its yearly opinion on the State of the Energy Union, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) takes stock of the progress made so far and calls on the European Commission to focus more on social aspects.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) backs the EU action plan on batteries put together by the European Commission but points out that it needs to be stepped up and implemented swiftly.