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  • 10 Dec 2014
    Industrial changes in the European packaging sector Adopted References: CCMI/122 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr. Xavier GonçaloLobo (Employers - GR I / Portugal) Co-rapporteur: Mr. Nicola Konstantinou (Workers - GR II / Greece)

    The European packaging sector comprises five main sub-sectors. "Paper and board" (including paper bags and cartons) is the largest consumer packaging category with a~34% share of the total packaging market. "Rigid plastics" (tubs, pots and jars etc.) is the second-largest packaging category with a ~27% share and is one of the faster‑growing categories, forecast to grow above real GDP (~4% per year) until 2015.

  • 14 Oct 2014
    Proposals to fight corruption in the EU: meeting business and civil society concerns Ongoing References: CCMI/132 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr Hamro-Drotz (Employers - GR I / Sweden) Co-rapporteur: Mr Gendre (Workers - GR II / France)

    In June 2011, the Commission adopted a Communication on Fighting Corruption in the EU, establishing the EU Anti-Corruption Report to monitor and assess Member States' efforts in this area with a view to developing a stronger political engagement to address corruption effectively. Corruption is defined in the report in a broad sense as "any abuse of power for private gain".

  • 7 Oct 2014
    Impact of Business services in industry Adopted References: CCMI/121 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Mr Joost van Iersel (Employers - GR I / Netherlands) Co-rapporteur: Mr Hannes Leo (Various interests - GR III / Austria)

    In July 2013, the EESC has adopted an Opinion on Industrial policy in which industrial policy was qualified as a Growth initiative with great potentials. Following up the Opinion it is suggested to discuss somewhat underestimated aspects of the on-going industrial cycle that are vital for future growth and jobs, entailing huge consequences for (manufacturing) industry. It is about the impact of services, digitalisation, ICT and new variations in the same framework - such as 3D printing and other applications (ICT-plus) - on the industrial processes. Services are an increasing part of the European economy, and creating more jobs than manufacturing. The ICT-industry itself is growing in Europe by 10% annually. Services and ICT-plus have huge socio-economic and political implications.

  • 9 Jul 2014
    Completing EMU - the next European legislature Adopted References: CESE 7057/2013 - ECO/357 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Joost VAN IERSEL and Carmelo CEDRONE Plenary Session: 500 - 9 Jul 2014 - 10 Jul 2014 OJ C 451 of 16.12.2014, p.10
  • 8 Jul 2014
    Additive manufacturing Ongoing References: CCMI/131 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Fornea Dumitru (Workers - GR II / Romania) Co-rapporteur: Hilde Van Laere (Employers - GR I / Belgium)

    3D printing, in combination with the internet, robotics and open-source software, will result in a new industrial revolution with profound implications over the coming years for national economies, business models and education.

    3D manufacturing – better known as 3D printing – is a process that uses digital "blueprints" to produce three-dimensional products and parts. It is also referred to as "additive manufacturing". A wide variety of materials are commonly used in this process: bioplastics, gypsum, gold, etc. Particular attention should be paid here to the origin of products. There are unprecedented opportunities in this field for businesses.


  • 8 Jul 2014
    Freeing the EU from Asbestos Ongoing References: CCMI/130 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Plosceanu Aurel Laurentiu (Employers - GR I / Romania) Co-rapporteur: Gibellieri Enrico (Workers - GR II / Italy)

    Starting in the early eighties, the EU legislation  related to the extraction, manufacture of products and use of asbestos has become more and more severe. While the original Directive focused on limit values for the use of asbestos, later on, these activities were practically prohibited. Amendments have set the focus on asbestos removal and demolition. Therefore, many provisions of the original Directive were replaced and modified the last years. Although asbestos has been recognized as a very dangerous material and many activities related to its safe removal and neutralization have been promoted, huge quantities of this dangerous substance are still present in the environment and the society.

  • 8 Jul 2014
    Food and Drinks Sector Ongoing References: CCMI/129 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Jirovec Ludvik (Various interests - GR III / Czech Republic) Co-rapporteur: Calleja Edwin (Employers - GR I / Malta)

    The Food and drink Industry is the largest manufacturing sector in the EU economy employing directly 4.25 million workers in the EU. It is a non-cyclical and resilient pillar with a strong presence in all member states. It processes 70% of EU agriculture produce and provides safe, quality and nutritious food to the benefit of European consumers, besides being the largest global exporter of food and drink products. The sector generates 7% of EU GDP and should be an important contributor to achieve the EU target set in the 2020 strategy of achieving the necessary expansion of the manufacturing sector that will make it a contributor of 20% of European GDP.


    Key competitiveness indicators show that the sector is losing its competitive edge. An EESC own –initiative opinion will help make the case with the EU Commission for a sectoral focus on the sector. It will indicate those measures necessary to reverse this negative trend and to enhance the sector’s competitiveness both in the Internal Market and in the Global market. The main thrust will be focused on the creation of sustainable employment all along the food supply chain, encouraging and facilitating new investment, promoting innovation policies and enhancing export performance.

  • 8 Jul 2014
    Biomedical engineering and care services Ongoing References: CCMI/128 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Iozia Edgardo Maria (Workers - GR II / Italy) Co-rapporteur: Jarré Dirk (Various interests - GR III / Germany)

    Health and related sectors are a central aspect of human existence and thus attract particular attention of citizens. The sectors of biomedical engineering and the medical and care services industry – including research and development – are among the fastest growing industrial areas, in terms of turnover as well as employment. Under biomedical engineering we understand the bridging between methods of engineering and medicine and biology for diagnostic and therapeutic measures in healthcare – including, among others, biologics and biopharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical drugs, various types of devices for chemical or biological analysis or processing as well as the development of medical equipment and technology for cure, treatment and prevention of disease. The combination of research and development, engineering and industrial production, and medical and care services is particularly important.


  • 8 Jul 2014
    An industrial policy for the European glass sector Ongoing References: CCMI/127 Own-initiative Rapporteur: Zboril Josef (Employers - GR I / Czech Republic) Co-rapporteur: Gibellieri Enrico (Workers - GR II / Italy)

    The glass industry is being doubly impacted by the economic crisis, since its activity relies heavily on the economic health of other sectors such as the construction and automotive sectors. Weak economic growth and slowing domestic demand are specifically due to the austerity policies coordinated at European level and together account for the crisis that is affecting the sector.



  • 4 Jun 2014
    Industrial products Adopted References: CESE 719/2014 - INT/731 Referral - COM(2014) 25 final Rapporteur: Mr Denis Meynent (Workers - GR II / France) Plenary Session: 499 - 4 Jun 2014 - 5 Jun 2014 (Summary Plenary Session) OJ C424, 26.11.2014, p. 20

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