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