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.
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.
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.
More needs to be done to provide victims of online crimes with adequate support and the right information.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.”
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.
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”.
The agenda includes a public hearing on the Digital Single Market in peripheral member states, challenges and opportunities.
Civil society, cities and regions call for targeted support for their vital contribution to implementation of the Paris Agreement.
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.
The EESC proposes a debate on an EU Bill of Climate Rights to ensure climate justice at all levels.
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.