This publication provides an overall perspective of the key recommendations contained in the opinions adopted by the European Economic and Social Committee on maritime affairs over the last four years. EESC opinions express the views of organised civil society and, according to the Treaties, are published in the Official Journal of the EU and taken into consideration by the European Institutions involved in the legislative process (European Parliament, Council of the European Union and European Commission).
The complete text of the opinions can be consulted online in all EU languages at http://europa.eu/!ut67yC.
Financial education strategies and best practices within the European Union. This publication is based on an own-initiative opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on Financial education and responsible consumption of financial products adopted on 14 July 2011.
The TEN section focuses its work on keeping the right balance between the three pillars of EU energy policy: competitiveness, sustainability and security. The new White Paper from the European Commission entitled “Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area – T owards a competitive and resource-efficient transport system”, which was adopted by the Commission on 28 March 2011, constitutes the basic reference for the work of the TEN section in the field of transport. TEN section work in this area is based on an in-depth analysis of information and communication technologies (ICT) and their impact on society, taking into account the expectations of European civil society organisations. The EESC permanent study group will continue to identify and promote the expectations of organised civil society as regards services of general interest, which, whether economic or non-economic, do much to promote the social and territorial cohesion of the European Union.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has been a consistent voice in discussions surrounding online communication. In fact, we have been debating issues of safety,privacy and human dignity in electronic communications and media for nearly two decades. In the last five years we have produced a set of coherent and robust opinions on the matter, which have positively influenced the current debate.
The expansion of trade both within the EU and with commercial partners located in other parts of the world has increased the variety products available to European citizens. Protecting health and safety of consumers, who buy and use products in all Member States, is a top priority for the EU.