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  • Published In: 2017
    16 pages
    The European Economic and Social Committee's contribution to the Commission's 2018 work programme

    The EESC adopted its contribution to the European Commission's 2018 Work Programme on 5 July 2017. In this contribution, the EESC calls on the Commission to adopt sustainable development as an overarching approach to its work programme, with reference to the three "pillars" of sustainability: i) strengthening the economic foundations of Europe; ii) fostering its social dimension; and iii) facilitating the transition towards a low-carbon and circular economy. To that end, the EESC makes detailed recommendations and proposals for action structured around six priority policy areas: further development of the single market; promotion of entrepreneurship, innovation and industrial development; the social dimension of the EU; focusing public finances on sustainable growth, innovation, employment and cohesion; protecting Europeans against security threats; and the development of a structured civil dialogue.

  • Published In: 2017
    86 pages
    Review of Member States' reports on the implementation of the European Commission Decision on the provision of State aid to the provision of services of general economic interest

    This study shows that the Almunia package has led to substantial improvements in clarity and legal certainty as regards the provision of SGEIs and state aid. It has achieved the right balance between the need to foster and support SGEIs and the objective of preventing potential distortions in competition.

  • Published In: 2017
    48 pages
    Innovation in the digital era

    The European Economic and Social Committee and Confrontations Europe held a Digital Agenda Conference entitled "Innovation in the digital era: reinventing our economy" in Brussels on 21 April 2016. With nearly 300 participants, well-known and high-level speakers, interactive debates with the audience, and the participation of representatives from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, a member of the French Digital Council, EESC members and Commissioner Oettinger, this event was undoubtedly a huge success.

  • Published In: 2017
    4 pages
    The Energy Union and the European Energy Dialogue. Position paper – April 2017

    The Energy Union is one of the ten priority work areas of the European Commission under the Presidency of Jean-Claude Juncker. The Energy Union strategy was launched in February 2015. The EESC has followed the Energy Union process closely. The Committee has produced as many as 22 opinions directly in response to the Energy Union initiative, ranging from general ones concerning the Energy Union construct to sectoral ones covering policy proposals in each of the five pillars. Given the direct impact of Energy Union policies on citizens, the EESC has welcomed this opportunity to facilitate a dialogue between the European institutions and Europe's organised civil society.

  • Published In: 2017
    32 pages
    TEN Section Report on the “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.

  • Published In: 2017
    32 pages
    TEN Section Report on the “Smart Islands” Project

    The EESC "Smart Islands" project is based on the own-initiative of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on Smart islands TEN/558.

  • Published In: 2017
    120 pages
    The ethics of Big Data

    Balancing economic benefits and ethical questions of Big Data in the EU policy context

  • Published In: 2016
    17 pages
    European Economic and Social Committee contribution to the European Commission’s 2017 Work Programme

    Representatives of European organised civil society have put forward their proposals as part of the preparation by the Commission of its 2017 Work Programme. While regretting the result of UK citizens' vote to leave the EU, the EESC asks for a rapid  start to the negotiations with the UK in order to respond to the present uncertainty about the future of the EU and it demands to be fully involved in the negotiation process with the UK. Taking account of these events and of the public perception in several other Member States towards the European project, the EESC considers that the European Commission must work to restore a spirit of solidarity and responsibility, and regain public support. The Committee has identified three strategic political priorities around which the Commission should focus its 2017 Work Programme, namely strengthening the economic and social cohesion of the EU, the EU's global role and citizens' ownership of the EU.

  • Published In: 2016
    16 pages
    Studies carried out in 2015 - Compendium

    Compendium of studies carried out in 2015 on the initiative of the EESC: summaries, authors, reference numbers, requesting services, contact persons, linguistic versions...

  • Published In: 2016

    Devising concrete actions to implement the European Energy Dialogue

    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.

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