On the 16 July 2014, Mr Krawczyk, President of the Employers' Group and Rapporteur of the EESC opinion on TTIP and Mr Boyle, Co-rapporteur of the opinion, participated as speakers to the TTIP Stakeholder presentation event organized by DG Trade. Among the participants were EU and US chief negotiators as well as other various stakeholders.
The EESC welcomes the new EU Forest Strategy. Against the backdrop of growing demands on and threats to forests, as well as many EU sectoral policies and associated rules affecting forestry and forests, the new strategy is sorely needed. The EESC therefore urges both the Commission and the Member States to ensure that the strategy is effectively and efficiently implemented.
There are practical solutions for the 5 million unemployed young people in the EU, according to a study by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) presented at its 500th plenary meeting. The EESC Labour Market Observatory (LMO) has examined and analysed the implementation of EU youth employment policies in six EU Member States: Greece, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Slovakia and Finland, in close cooperation with national workers', employers' and youth organisations. The situation differs greatly from one country to another, with youth unemployment ranging from 58.3% in Greece to 9.2% in Austria, but the study highlights common solutions that all EU Member States could successfully apply.
IN THIS ISSUE: European voters deliver ‘final warning’; Italian Presidency looks for practical answers to citizens’ needs; The EU's energy and climate policy has to be realigned – binding targets are crucial; Roman Haken: communicating Europe together with other institutions at the local level.