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Press Release: European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform names its coordination group members / Circular Economy Conference (20-21 February 2018)

In March 2017, the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) launched a joint European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP). The platform’s 24-member coordination group has now been chosen and the list of participants published.

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Agenda: European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Plenary Session (17-18 January 2018)

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Press Release: EESC consults civil society on cybersecurity

The EESC urges the EU and its Member States to adopt a European-level cybersecurity model, to strengthen the mandate of the European cybersecurity agency and, lastly, to establish an effective European certification scheme for online services and products.

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Event: European Consumer Day 2018 (Sofia, Bulgaria, 20 March 2018)

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Agenda: Meeting of the EESC Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (4 January 2018)

The agenda items include opinions on rail passengers’ rights and obligations, on driving and rest time periods, working time and posting of workers, on access to the international road haulage market and the occupation of road transport operator and on aviation: Open and Connected Europe.

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Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals must guide the future EU trade agenda, insists the EESC

The European Economic and Social Committee adopted its opinion on The core role of trade and investment in meeting and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its December Plenary Session (Rapporteur: Jonathan Peel, UK; Co-rapporteur: Christophe Quarez, FR).

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Agenda: EESC Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption (18-19 December 2017)

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Industrial Policy of the future – employers’ views

The Commission’s proposal on industrial policy is a step in the right direction, but the EU needs a long term, comprehensive strategy: this is one of the conclusions of the debate at the Employers’ Group meeting on 6 December 2017. The aim of the debate was to contribute to two opinions on industrial policy that the EESC is currently working on.

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Event: Public hearing on the European “Cybersecurity act” (Brussels, 9 December 2017)

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Press Release: Employers discussing trade with Commissioner Malmström

The Employers believe that the business community has a crucial role to play in spreading a positive message about trade and in explaining what an ambitious trade policy can do and achieve. It is business that can tell the story of the practical benefits stemming from trade agreements. This was the main message the members of the Employers’ Group delivered to Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Trade, during the meeting on 6 December 2017.

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Press Release: Civil society call for an inclusive and coherent long term sustainable post-2020 strategy

The Europe 2020 Strategy is soon coming to an end at a time when Europe is facing major challenges. Civil society should provide contribution to the shaping of the new post-2020 participatory long term strategy, as well as to its governance and implementation, was the event’s message. Key priority for the future strategy should be to respond more effectively to rising inequality, to create trust and confidence across Europe and to ensure a fair transition for all.

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Press Release: EU Platform for Change launched at EESC

EESC President Georges Dassis and European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, joined by Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kadri Simson and Chair of the European Parliament’s Transport Committee Karima Delli, officially launched the EU Platform for Change at a major conference at the EESC in Brussels on 27 November 2017. The platform aims to increase female employment and equal opportunities in the transport sector.

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Press Release: Civil society should play a more prominent role in climate change negotiations

Climate change mitigation and cross-sectoral climate issues were the focus of the thematic debate held as part of the TEN section’s monthly meeting on 22 November 2017. Civil society organisations should have a central role in the negotiation and implementation of UN climate change agreements, highlighted the EESC members taking part in recent COP meetings on climate change. Full article…

Event: Measuring EU progress on meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (EESC) (29 November 2017)

The European Economic and Social Committee is organising a public debate to present and examine Eurostat’s new report: “Sustainable Development in the European Union: 2017 Monitoring Report of the Sustainable Development Goals in an EU context.

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Agenda: European Economic and Social Committee Plenary Session (6 – 7 December 2017)

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Event: Boosting non-state climate action (Brussels, 4 December 2017)

The purpose of the 4th of December public hearing is to follow-up on activities carried out last year and to gather recommendations for the opinion the EESC is currently working on entitled “Boosting climate actions by non-state actors”, that would be principally addressed to the political decision-makers at different levels, in order to practically align the policies to the needs of non-state climate actors.

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Agenda: Meeting of the EESC Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (22 November 2017)

Agenda items include discussions on the Opinion on Statistics on rail transport (recast) and the Opinion on Vehicles hired without drivers for the carriage of goods by road. From 2.30 p.m. onwards a thematic debate will take place: “After COP 23 and the impact on the TEN Section policy areas”.

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Agenda: Meeting of the EESC Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment (21 November 2017)

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Agenda: EESC Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption (20 November 2017)

The agenda includes a public hearing on the Digital Single Market in peripheral member states, challenges and opportunities.

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Event: Women in Transport – EU Platform for Change (Brussels, 27 November 2017)

On 27 November 2017, EESC President Georges Dassis and Commissioner Violeta Bulc will officially launch the EU Platform for Change aimed at increasing female employment and equal opportunities in the transport sector. The launch conference will comprise a session where participants will be able to have a better understanding of the functioning of the Platform, while reflecting on key topics such as the setting-up of targets for female employment, the opportunities brought about by innovation, effective initiatives to fight gender-based violence in the workplace and the feasibility of more flexible shifts to increase work-life balance.

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Press Release: The European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform is gaining momentum

In March this year, the European Commission (EC) and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) launched a joint European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. The 24 members forming the coordination group of the platform havenow been selected and are preparing for their first meeting on 22 November.

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