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Joost van Iersel, President of the Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion (ECO), EESC

When the international economic and financial crisis struck, it exposed the structural limitations and contradictions in EMU, depriving the euro of its propensity to attract. The crisis proves that it takes much more than a set of "accountancy" rules such as the stability pact and others, because the underlying problems are not technical but economic and political. Some progress has been made in the past few years by putting in place new rules and mechanisms, notably parts of a Banking Union, but the construction works are far from being completed yet, which contributes to the persisting climate of uncertainty among citizens and business, and hinders the growth potential of the European economy ...

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  • 20 Jul 2016
    Joost van Iersel, President of the Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion (ECO), EESC
    Current developments in the Economic and Monetary Union: Statement by Joost van Iersel, President of the EESC's ECO Section

    When the international economic and financial crisis struck, it exposed the structural limitations and contradictions in EMU, depriving the euro of its propensity to attract. The crisis proves that it takes much more than a set of "accountancy" rules such as the stability pact and others, because the underlying problems are not technical but economic and political. Some progress has been made in the past few years by putting in place new rules and mechanisms, notably parts of a Banking Union, but the construction works are far from being completed yet, which contributes to the persisting climate of uncertainty among citizens and business, and hinders the growth potential of the European economy ...

  • 20 Jul 2016
    New industrial strategy for the ‘digital age’

    The opportunities presented by the digital industrial revolution require a coordinated response from all stakeholders, a renewed focus on skills and the setting up of regional networks. The European Union urgently needs an “EU 4.0 industrial strategy” – and to complete the Digital Single Market – in order to address the current fragmentation resulting from 28 separate digital policies. This was one of the key points contained in the EESC’s opinion entitled “Industry 4.0 and digital transformation: where to go”, ...

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  • 19 Jul 2016
    Digital e-seniors and the silver economy

    Some 25% of the EU population are older citizens, a growing market of economic and social players in the digital age. The European Union faces a new challenge: the coincidence of longevity and widespread digitalisation. Therefore, changing the approach to the "silver economy" is an imperative, says the EESC.  In its opinion “The digital pillar of growth: e-seniors, a potential 25% of the European population” ...

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  • 8 Jul 2016
    EESC President participates in 'Spotlight on Jobs' conference, Montepulciano

    The EESC President, Georges Dassis, participated in the 2016 edition of the 'Spotlight on Jobs' conference, dedicated to labour issues. The event addressed various thematic issues, such as the reform of the labour market, the new role of trade unions, immigration, and innovation. He emphasised the ...

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  • 5 Jul 2016
    President Georges Dassis at the 30th anniversary of Catalonia CITE (Information Centre for Foreign Workers)

    Georges Dassis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), took part in the 30th anniversary event of the Catalonia Information Center for Foreign Workers (CITE) in Barcelona, on 1st  July.

  • 30 Jun 2016
    TEN President at the seminar on "The role of electricity networks in the energy transition" at the French Senate on 30 June

    On 30 June, Pierre-Jean Coulon, President of the Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society of the European Economic and Social Committee (profile), participated in the seminar on "The role of electricity networks in the energy transition" at the French Senate in Paris.

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  • 29 Jun 2016
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    Rising stars of the Energy Union? Energy Prosumers in Europe

    Experts from politics and civil society gathered at the public hearing organised by the European Economic and Social Committee to discuss the current situation of prosumers in the EU and the opportunities and challenges that they are currently facing.

    "Consumers, households and businesses will play an important role in the Energy Market by becoming consumers and producers at the same time", said in his keynote speech Tomasz Husak, Head of Cabinet of the Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska.

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  • 23 Jun 2016
    Should Energy become a chapter in the TTIP?

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organized a seminar in Brussels this week entitled: "Do we need an Energy chapter in the TTIP?" as one of the initiatives integrated in the monitoring work of the Transatlantic Relations Follow-Up Committee, chaired by its President, Mr. Jacek Krawczyk, also President of the EESC Employers' Group.

    The main objective of the seminar was to assess together with other civil society stakeholders the need to include in the negotiations a chapter on energy and raw materials, subject which is still not prominently discussed in the talks for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) after already three year of negotiations.

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  • 22 Jun 2016
    Screening «'Fire at Sea' » : Lampedusa and the European migrant crisis

    On 21st June 2016 the European Economic and Social Committee, in cooperation with the United Nations, the International Organization for Migration and the Italian cultural institute in Brussels, organised the screening of 'Fire at Sea' ('Fuocoammare'), the award winning film-documentary set on the island of Lampedusa, a frontline in the European migrant crisis.

  • 22 Jun 2016
    CONNECT, a link with our former members

    The latest issue of the newsletter of the Association of former EESC members is online. 28 pages full of information and ideas, including Luca Jahier's reflections on Brexit, an exclusive interview with the Slovak RP, a simulation game to publicise the EESC's activities and the recollection of a visit paid by EESC members to King Baudouin...

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