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  • 15 Sep 2015

    Smart Cities Project


    The "Smart Cities" project is a follow-up to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) own-initiative opinion on Smart cities as a driver of a new European industrial policy, adopted in July 2015.

    Within the framework of the project, a delegation of seven EESC members has carried out study visits to six EU cities that have successfully implemented smart project initiatives.

    The ultimate aim of the Smart Cities project is to compile a catalogue of best practice to be disseminated among the European Institutions and all relevant stakeholders across the European Union.

  • 15 Sep 2015

    Smart Islands Project


    The "Smart Islands" project is the continuation of the European Economic and Social Committee's (EESC) own-initiative opinion on Smart Islands.

    The project aims to engage and exchange with local stakeholders on innovative projects developed locally, which create sustainable growth and, at the same time, job opportunities and competiveness, whilst respecting the environment and cultural heritage".

    As outcome of the project, a catalogue of good practices is to be published.

  • 1 Apr 2015

    Industry and monetary policy


    The Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) has recently launched a project dedicated to the role of the European Investment Bank in the framework of the monetary policy and the European industry.

  • 23 Feb 2015

    Space and Society Project: Bridging the Missing Links!


    The "Space and Society: bridging the missing links" project aims at helping to generate and maintain political support for current and future space programmes on both EU and national levels; bringing the attention of a larger audience and downstream stakeholders to the announced benefits from the European space policy as well as defining new and concrete actions to be implemented in this context.

  • 22 Oct 2014

    Obsolescence Project: New attitudes towards consumption


    The Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) has recently launched a project dedicated to the phenomenon of built-in or planned obsolescence. This project, as its name suggests, is not a one-off action. So it is not merely a usual EESC opinion, nor just a conference devoted to the subject, but rather a series of events, opinions, declarations, articles, follow-up activities, to make sure that the issue of planned obsolescence makes its way to the political agendas of the European Commission and the European Parliament.

  • 11 Sep 2014

    More Europe Locally

    How to Increase Local Influence in the EU
  • 8 Jul 2014

    Services directive in the meat processing sector

    Impact Study

    Single Market Observatory study on the workings of the Services Directive in the meat processing sector.

  • 7 Jul 2014

    Food Waste Project

    Fighting food poverty and adressing food waste
  • 11 Jun 2014

    Study on Youth employment

    Impact Study

    The Labour Market Observatory carried out this study on youth employment in a selection of six member States: Austria, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Italy and Slovakia. This exercise gave national social partners and youth organisations an opportunity to put forward their comments and recommendations on topics such as the Youth guarantee, the transition from school to work, the traineeship and apprenticeship systems, the intra-EU mobility. Warm thanks for their commitment and contribution!

  • 23 Apr 2014

    Pilot study on the workings of the Services Directive in the construction sector

    The civil society perspective
    Impact Study

    In order to gain a better understanding - from the organised civil society’s point of view - of the implementation of the Services Directive in the construction sector, the Single Market Observatory (SMO) in cooperation with the Labour Market Observatory (LMO) carried out a pilot study in a number of Member States of the European Union (Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal and Romania).

  • 24 Feb 2014

    EU Renewable Energy Directive

    The role of civil society in the implementation of the EU Renewable Energy Directive: An impact study across six Member States
    Impact Study
  • 3 Feb 2014

    Social Entrepreneurship

    Make it happen !

    The Strasbourg Declaration called on the EESC to implement the actions suggested during the event Social Entrepreneurs: Have your say! (Strasbourg, 16-17 January 2014).

    Through the instrument of an EESC project that covered a period of 19 months (February 2014-September 2015), a group of 9 members worked in close cooperation with representatives of the sector on the implementation of the Strasbourg Declaration.

    As a result of this process, the EESC elaborated some recommendations for action for the Juncker Commission and for the other institutions. The below recommendations are accompanied by 10 appendices presenting, among others, a number of actions that were taken in the framework of the project.

    In October 2014, the mandate of the group working on the EESC project was renewed for a one year second phase, until September 2015. The objectives of the second phase of the project were to identify the missing measures to achieve a favorable ecosystem for social enterprises and to fully unleash the potential of the sector.

    The results of the project's second phase are summarized in an activity report presented below.