The EESC is preparing an opinion for the European authorities, which will assess the possible contribution of the European woodwork industry to increase economic well-being and reduce the environmental impact in terms of CO2 emissions. It will concern particularly the implementation of the recent EU legislation on accounting rules on emissions and removals of greenhouse gas emissions resulting from activities related to forestry. The EESC will adopt recommendations on how Member States can increase carbon storage by increasing the pool of harvested wood products. In order to exchange views on this topic with representatives of local civil society, the Committee will hold a hearing in Mestre, to which anyone interested can participate, subject to prior registration online.
Undeclared work undermines the ideals of legality, security, solidarity and is a threat to social and tax justice, free market competition and free movement of workers in the EU. The EESC welcomes the establishment of a European platform to help EU countries prevent and deter this phenomenon and calls on to the new Commission to facilitate the adoption of a common strategy to this end.
The vice-president of the European Economic and Social Committee and Swedish EESC members will visit the European Capital of Culture, Umeå, in Northern Sweden from 21 to 22 September as part of the EESC's Going Local initiative to reach out to local communities. During the visit, Jane Morrice will meet the Mayor of Umeå, Marie-Louise Rönnmark and find out more about the traditional way of life of the only indigenous ethnic minority living in the EU – the Sami.