International Women’s day is a moment to celebrate the progress made towards gender equality and to thank all those working tirelessly to achieve it. It is also a time to reflect on reality. The reality is that the vast majority of women are still underpaid, under-represented and under-valued throughout the world from Europe to Asia, to Africa to the Americas and beyond. This is as true on the shop floor as it is in top management. It is as true in the home as it is in in the workplace. And it is as unacceptable as it is outrageous.
Together, we need to make a difference for the sake of humankind!
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Forseen for the plenary session of 25-26.03.2014.
"The effect of the current financial and economic crisis has put energy pricing under the spotlight because of the impact on household energy costs in the context of austerity and on industrial competitiveness of high energy prices. The importance of Market Based Instruments (MBI) is that they must both advance the transition to a resource-efficient and low carbon economy and support economic recovery. Environmental and climate policies should not be seen as a burden in the recovery from the fiscal and economic and social crisis, but rather as a part of the solution. The Committee urges the Commission to make environmental fiscal reform an integral and permanent part of the European Semester".
An informal EU Summit on competitivity will be organised by the Greek Presidency mid-May in Athens. It will be centred on Industrial Policy with both a horizontal and a sectoral approach. In this framework, CCMI organises a Seminar on the Maritime industries sectors.
IN THIS ISSUE: European civil society stands alongside the people of Ukraine; The EESC leading the way in shaping the future for social enterprises; The EU urgently needs an industrial policy; Boosting Europe’s international cooperation capacities; New frontiers in the "war on drugs" – the need for new approaches; Marianne Muona: the EESC is about connecting people.