Transition to a circular economy is a must if we are to protect our planet, but also if we are to increase the competitiveness of European industry. This is a long-term process that will require numerous initiatives at European, national and regional level. Companies see the circular economy as an opportunity. "Going green" is beneficial not only for the environment, but also for businesses, providing real savings in terms of raw materials, water and energy. The participants of the conference entitled "Sustainable industry in the Context of Circular Economy" tried to identify major opportunities and challenges emerging from circular economy. This publication summarised the outcome of this discussion which took place on 13 September in Kosice, Slovakia.
Compendium of studies carried out in 2015 on the initiative of the EESC: summaries, authors, reference numbers, requesting services, contact persons, linguistic versions...
Switching from a linear (take-make-use-throw away) economy to an eco-design focused circular (make-use-reuse-remanufacturerepair) economy in which nothing is wasted is a critical challenge for Europe. It makes the economy more sustainable and reduces the environmental footprint through better resource management and reduced extraction and pollution; it also enables businesses to gain a competitive edge thanks to better management of raw materials, while making the economy less dependent on imported – potentially critical and rare – materials. Investment and innovation in green tech also provides new economic opportunities and markets for European businesses, especially SMEs, and can lead to the creation of green growth and jobs at the local, regional and trans-national level.
On 17-18 March 2016, students from schools in all 28 EU Member States and, for the first time, from the 5 EU candidate countries (Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey) met at the EESC in Brussels for Your Europe, Your Say!. They came to debate an issue that has been one of the most important topics on the European political agenda for some time: migration and integration. The key question for this year’s event was “How can we better integrate migrants and refugees in our societies?”.
In a series of talks, workshops and social events, the 99 students and 33 teachers learned about the issues surrounding migration, shared their own experiences and ideas, and came up with some proposals to tackle the current challenges faced by Europe.
This study operationalises the concept of a European Energy Dialogue (EED) and describes it such that it can be discussed with the stakeholders that should be involved in its implementation. The objective of the EED is to enable stakeholders to work with civil society by providing the necessary structured and validated approach, to mobilise civil society to be more closely involved and to connect the many dialogues taking place at national, regional, city and local level.
This report provides an overview of the evolution of the EU Better Regulation agenda over time, assessing the framework governing the main policy targets and implementation instruments, through the use of available literature and semi-structured interviews.
The Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN) is one of EESC's seven specialised bodies whose role is to draw up opinions on a large variety of policy proposals including mobility, cross-border infrastructure projects, aviation, energy production and distribution, the information society and services of general interest. In order to facilitate progress in these areas, the TEN Section works closely with European civil society organisations and is an active promoter of participation and dialogue in policy-making.
This publication is part of a series of catalogues published in the context of the exhibitions organized by the EESC.
Photographs taken by Giles Duley
This leaflet outlines the origins and the composition of the EESC's Liaison Group with European civil society organisations and networks, presents its internal structure, its main activities and success stories.
This study is based on a simulated shopping tool combined with an on-line questionnaire. 2 917 people took part across four European regions: France, Spain, the Czech Republic and the Benelux countries. The results clearly demonstrate that displaying the lifespan of the products for sale led consumers to change their behaviour when making their purchases. This effect was evident regardless of how the lifespan was displayed.
The publication elaborates on the Employers' Group priorities for 2016-18, which include a stronger culture of entrepreneurship, a full completion of the Internal Market, an efficient and forward-looking industrial policy, competitiveness for more employment and a strong role of Europe in the world. These are the principles that the Group will champion during the 2016-2018 period in order to promote a more dynamic and competitive future for a EU that generates growth, jobs and new investments.