On 2 July the European Commission launched a package of policy strategies and legislative proposals Towards a circular economy – a zero waste programme for Europe The European Economic and Social Committee, is currently preparing an opinion on the Commission circular economy policy package in order to contribute to this debate.
In this regard on 22 September 2014 the EESC will organise in Brussels a public hearing on circular economy.
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.
The vice-president of the European Economic and Social Committee and Swedish EESC members will visit the European Capital of Culture, Umeå, in Northern Sweden from 21 to 22 September as part of the EESC's Going Local initiative to reach out to local communities. During the visit, Jane Morrice will meet the Mayor of Umeå, Marie-Louise Rönnmark and find out more about the traditional way of life of the only indigenous ethnic minority living in the EU – the Sami.