The European Commission is considering a Communication setting out its vision and proposals for the new Global Partnership for achieving the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. Means of implementation, issues around monitoring, accountability, and review and data and indicators will be important elements of a Global Partnership.
In this regard the EESC will organise a workshop where experts and representatives from civil society organisations and local authorities will discuss in an open, interactive setting the main elements of an EU approach to the Global Partnership.
This opinion aims at exploring the obstacles to overcome and the conditions for developing quality services for the family in order to create decent and attractive jobs.
Previous work on the professionalisation of domestic work and on a family policy that tackles the challenge of demographic change need to be continued and updated by: revealing and describing the nature of the obstacles currently blocking the development and professionalisation of these jobs which; and making known positive experiences and good practices being implemented today in a number of Member States and major companies.
Georges Dassis, President of the Workers' Group of the EESC, and Marcos Peña, President of the Spanish ESC, met in Madrid, on Friday 21 November 2014.
Europe is highly dependent on its energy resources. In order to increase the EU's energy security a genuine Energy Union is needed as well as major investments in infrastructure to provide full interconnectivity between Member States. Renewable energy remains an important part of the energy mix; however further development of renewables should take more account of the profitability of such projects, final energy price and its impact on jobs and R&D development. These are the main conclusions of the conference entitled "Securing essential imports for the EU – energy: new opportunities or new threats?" that took place on 14 November in Zagreb.
At its meeting of 20 November, the SOC section had the pleasure to welcome Iratxe García Pérez, Chair of the EP Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM).
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