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  • 21 Nov 2014 Energy Union, interconnectivity, energy mix: the main tools to improve EU's energy security

    Europe is highly dependent on its energy resources. In order to increase the EU's energy security a genuine Energy Union is needed as well as major investments in infrastructure to provide full interconnectivity between Member States. Renewable energy remains an important part of the energy mix; however further development of renewables should take more account of the profitability of such projects, final energy price and its impact on jobs and R&D development. These are the main conclusions of the conference entitled "Securing essential imports for the EU – energy: new opportunities or new threats?" that took place on 14 November in Zagreb.

  • 11 Jun 2014 The future of industrial policy in the EU

    A better environment for R&D and innovation, a stable, well-thought-out regulatory environment, and responsible, balanced energy policy will be the cornerstones of effective EU industrial policy in the future – this is the conclusion of an extraordinary meeting of the CCMI Employers' Group Members and Employers' Category from CCMI on 10 June 2014 in Brussels. The participants, who included representatives of the automotive, chemical and mechanical industries, discussed the issues that are critical to the future of industrial policy in the EU.

  • 3 Jun 2014
    The EESC draws attention to equal opportunities in the macro-regional strategy for the Baltic Sea

    Michael Smyth, European Economic and Social Committee member and rapporteur on this subject, spoke at the session on "Cooperating with and learning of other European macro-regions".

    He highlighted the partnership principle, which the EESC has been advocating for a number of years and which has finally been incorporated into territorial policy-making. This principle is now essential in the light of Commissioner Hahn's words on the greater role that the Commission wishes to play in macro-regional strategies.

    Organised civil society will consequently have a greater role in drawing up regional policies.

    Mr Smyth also drew attention to the strategy's failure to address the issue of gender equality, and emphasised that if a strategy is to be successful, it cannot ignore half of the population.

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  • 17 Feb 2015
    How to get electromobility on the road?

    Electromobility and the economical and environmental advantages. Policies and regulations for all levels of administration and political institutions will be presented at an event organised by Green eMotion on February 25, from 9:00 to 12:00 at the European Economic and Social Committee

  • 22 Dec 2014
    Jacek Krawczyk, President of the EESC Employers' Group
    EESC and European Court of Auditors joint views on EU-funded aviation infrastructure

    Jacek Krawczyk, President of the EESC Employers' Group, EESC rapporteur on aviation

    I welcome the report issued by the European Court of Auditors (CoA) on 16 December 2014 that shares the views expressed in the opinions of the European Economic and Social Committee on Airport Capacity and EU state aid in aviation.  ...

  • 10 Dec 2014
    Airport capacity in the EU: lack of capacity or misplaced capacity?

    Estimates suggest that – unless the EU acts soon – most of the EU's largest airports will become completely blocked by 2030. Accordingly, at the request of the European Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee has prepared an opinion on Airport Capacity in the EU to identify possible solutions to the problem of capacity crunch in the near future. The opinion was adopted at the EESC's Plenary Session on 10 December 2014.

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  • 21 Jan 2015 The 4th Industrial Revolution and Digital Society 4.0 – challenges and opportunities

    On 21 January 2015 the Members of the Employers' Group had a unique opportunity to discuss on new EU Industrial Policy with Norman Rose, Chairman of the European Business Services Round Table and Friedrich Vollmar from IBM. Please find below the presentations prepared by both guests.

  • 3 Sep 2013 Online consultation on the mobile roaming system in the EU Mobility and trade across the European Union's internal borders are constantly on the rise, international mobile roaming charges affect millions of Europeans who travel from one Eu country to another country for work or leisure. We are looking for your feedback in order to draw up a dedicated strategy on the future of mobile communications within the EU, which may include abolishing roaming charges altogether.
  • 5 Jul 2012
    Technology journalist Jennifer Baker met with Anna Maria Darmanin to discuss e-Inclusion and regulating the internet
    ACTA was killed from the start, says Anna Maria Darmanin in an interview "ACTA was killed from the start, because of the activism on the web", said Anna Maria Darmanin in her interview with the technology journalist Jennifer Baker.

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