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  • 7 Apr 2016 EESC transporting Europe into a low-carbon future - Calling for a U-turn in transport policy

    The transport sector is vital to the EU’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and meet greenhouse gas emissions targets, which have been revised following the recent UN Climate Change Conference (COP 21). But transport is also fundamental for the EU's economy and people's welfare. The EESC is working to help Europe navigate towards a greener future.

  • 11 Nov 2015
    The EESC calls for measures to tackle social dumping in road freight transport

    Social dumping in the road transport sector and problems with cross-border infrastructure were the main topics at the transport conference held by the European Economic and Social Committee and the Economic and Social Council of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on 11 and 12 November. The conference was attended by François Bausch, Luxembourg's Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure; Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and the Environment and MEP Jutta Steinruck from the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.

     

  • 31 Aug 2015
    Improving passengers’ experience in public transport

    Research findings and innovative tools to be presented at the conference

    METPEX (Measurement Tool to determine the quality of Passenger Experience) is a research project funded in the context of the 7th Framework Programme of the EU, aiming to develop and evaluate a standardised tool to measure passenger experience across whole journeys. Its results will be used to inform policy makers in providing inclusive, passenger-oriented integrated transport systems that are accessible by all citizens. The METPEX consortium is coordinated by Coventry University and brings together 16 European partners, from 12 countries.

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  • 28 Apr 2016
    Ref: 31/2016
    Civil society needs to be involved in all aspects of the Energy Union

    In the debate with Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič the EESC stressed the importance of establishing an intelligent, efficient and sustainable EU external energy policy and the need for a shared vision – rather than mere technical/administrative reporting - to ensure that the Energy Union objectives are effectively pursued.

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    21 Jan 2016
    Ref: 04/2016
    Make consumers active participants in the energy market and ensure transparent energy pricing, urges the EESC

    The new energy market design, a new deal for energy consumers and energy efficiency labelling were part of an ENERGY package of three opinions voted on by the European Economic and Social Committee at its plenary session on 20 January 2016.

  • 27 Jun 2014
    Ref: 45/2014
    Energy prices: the EESC calls for deeper EU integration

    The Member States have to work together

    "European coordination and cooperation are indispensable for both keeping prices in check and securing our energy supply", said Stephane Buffetaut in his opening statement. The same line was vigorously taken up by all participating stakeholders, from employers to employees via a range of civil society organisations, who complained that Europe's energy policy management lacks coherence and coordination. Many expressed their frustration at the Member States' competitive approach towards energy policy.

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  • 17 Dec 2015
    The EU digital strategy needs a social dimension

    The EESC's opinion criticises the Commission's proposal for lacking a social dimension, since evolving business services and models will lead to profound changes in the labour market. The EESC believes that there will be many potential risks and challenges, particularly in the field of security, work organisation and social security, and that the social dimension, with all its implications for employment, should form the fourth pillar of the European Digital Single Market Strategy.

  • 6 May 2015 The digitalisation of industry: what has it meant in practice for manufacturing?

    The digitalisation of industry and its practical effects on companies are top priorities for the Employers' Group of the EESC. Together with the Category 1 delegates of the CCMI, the Employers' Group organised a thematic debate on this very current topic. Three guests representing business associations and important European companies were invited to share the relevant business sectors' views on digitalisation. The debate highlighted the opportunities offered by digitalisation as an agent of economic growth and job creation and emphasised that the views of industry need to be taken into account by policymakers in order to ensure that the EU remains competitive at global level.

  • 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.

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