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Civil Society Days 2017

The Europe we strive for Brussels, Belgium
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"The Europe we strive for" will be organised civil society's call for a new political impulse to relaunch the EU on the basis of our values and roots.

It will focus on four themes:

- Populism, and how to develop a counter-narrative through education and culture;

- Technological revolution: transforming work, minds and society;

- Empowerment of civil society organisations, rights and the shrinking space for civil society;

- Urban and rural dimensions, moving towards more social and territorial cohesion.

 

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    PROGRAMME - Civil Society Days 2017 - The Europe we strive for!

    Workshop 1 - New technologies and transition - Challenges and opportunities in the future of work

    Workshop 2 - Rural-Urban dimensions towards more territorial and social cohesion

    Workshop 3 - Challenging right-wing populism

    Workshop 4 - New technologies and transition - What role for civil society in a future of e-democracy

    Workshop 5 - Countering anti-European populist rhetoric

    Workshop 6 - Empowering Civil Society to Act and Grow in Europe

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  • 1 Jun 2017
    Electricity Market Design Adopted References: TEN/625 EESC-2016 Referral - Rapporteur: Mr Alfred GAJDOSIK (Various interests - GR III / Austria) Plenary Session: 526 - 31 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017

    The EESC welcomes the Commission's proposal for a new market design, a risk preparedness regulation and the new organisation of the energy regulators' cooperation. The Committee highlights that well-functioning electricity markets are a precondition for fulfilling the goals of the Energy Union. For the markets to function well, significant changes in the market design are necessary, particularly due to the increasing use of variable renewable electricity. The EESC appreciates the general approach of the market design package, especially the goals of putting consumers at the heart of the energy market, increasing electricity supply and strengthening regional cooperation.

  • 31 May 2017
    VAT - derogation - reverse charge Adopted References: ECO/428 EESC-2017-00072-00-00-ac-tra Referral - Rapporteur: Giuseppe GUERINI (Various interests - GR III / Italy) Plenary Session: 526 - 31 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017

    The EESC supports the measures that the European Union has put in place to tackle all forms of tax fraud and takes the view that the reverse charge mechanism for collecting value added tax (VAT) may be a useful tool in countering carousel fraud and VAT evasion. However, the use of the reverse charge mechanism, which is a derogation from the established principles on VAT, must not be allowed to harm the internal market and it must be temporary and properly assessed by the Commission.

    The Committee furthermore recommends focusing particular attention on the proportionality principle, as the cost of compliance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) related to introducing a reverse charge mechanism could be considerable.

  • 31 May 2017
    Artificial intelligence Adopted References: INT/806 EESC-2016-05369-00-00-AC-TRA Own-initiative Rapporteur: Ms Catelijne Muller (Workers - GR II / Netherlands) Plenary Session: 526 - 31 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies offer great potential for creating new and innovative solutions to improve peoples lives, grow the economy, and address challenges in health and wellbeing, climate change, safety and security.

    Like any disruptive technology, however, AI carries risks and presents complex societal challenges in several areas such as labour, safety, privacy, ethics, skills and so on.

    A broad approach towards AI, covering all its effects (good and bad) on society as a whole, is crucial. Especially in a time where developments are accellerating.

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    EESC info May 2017

    IN THIS ISSUE: Can Dündar: “Do not leave Turkey alone. Erdogan is not Turkey”; EESC consults EU civil societyon White Paper on the Future of Europe; EESC proposes stakeholder platform to increase women’s employability in transport; Georges Dassis: “When we practise solidarity we can leave a trace in history”

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