New forms of employment contracts and relationships– including zero hour contracts, mini-jobs and work via online intermediaries – have proliferated since the financial crisis. While innovation and creativity must be encouraged, new forms of employment relationships have also increased uncertainty for many workers and this has led to an increasingly unequal labour market.
The "Smart Cities" project is a follow up on the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) own-initiative opinion on Smart cities as a driver of a new European industrial policy. The project aims to allow us to engage with local administrations and the public on important economic and social issues that affect urban communities across Europe.
Urgent overhaul is needed to ensure that the EU’s
European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) is once again an effective tool for cross-border cooperation
The ENP – which was launched in 2004 to build on common interests and values with the EU’s southern and eastern neighbours and promote political and economic cooperation – has been overtaken by current events. The policy’s "one-size-fits-all" approach has not been able to account for or deal with ongoing fragmentation in both regions, with Da’esh (ISIS) destabilising the southern neighbourhood through terror, while war and Russian diplomatic and military efforts directly target the eastern partnership.
Globally, the volume of trade in the sharing economy is estimated at around EUR 17.8 billion, with rapid annual growth forecast until 2025. In response to a request from the Dutch presidency, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has issued an opinion on the sharing economy and self-regulation which calls on the EU to “urgently define a clear and transparent legal framework within which these activities should be developed and implemented in the European area”.
IN THIS ISSUE: Two-way integration policies will benefi t refugees and locals,according to the EESC; Civil society needs to be involved in all aspects of the Energy Union; Digital Day at the EESC; EESC Conference on the Aviation Strategy for Europe.