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.
On 15 September 2014, the International Day of Democracy, the EESC President, Henri Malosse, recalled the origins and history of European democracy and spoke of the challenges lying ahead.
On 10th September 2014, EESC Member Frank van Oorschot raised awareness during the EESC's Plenary Session of the critical situation that the European agricultural industry is currently facing. The negative economic impact stems from the economic crisis, and the sanctions imposed by Russia. The hardest hit sectors are workers, farmers and logistics, Mr. van Oorschot said, giving fresh European farm produce to the EESC President ...
Following up on last year's event, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) once again presents the EESC European Award for Excellent Design and Sustainability.