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  • 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.

  • 30 Mar 2012
    Mr Krawczyk
    Unless radical action is taken the EU risks missing its energy efficiency target, says Krawczyk "If EU policies follow current trends, the EU objective of a 20% improvement in energy efficiency will probably not be realised. Radical steps are needed to accelerate progress towards the target", said Jacek Krawczyk, EESC Vice-President, at the IV Energy Efficiency Forum held today in Warsaw.
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  • 1 Feb 2013
    Economics and politics of airport expansion in Europe "Clearly, the presence of an airport in a region makes the region more prestigious, creates jobs and may have an impact on inward investment decisions. Yet the existence of many airports in overlapping catchment areas is evidence of shortcomings in resource allocation, leads to an increase in CO2 emissions, creates artificial demand and has a negative influence on the development of alternative modes of transport", says Jacek Krawczyk
  • 20 Feb 2012
    How to create better airports? Jacek Krawczyk, Vice-President of the European Economic and Social Committee, today called for further liberalisation of aviation and deplored the persistence of various forms of protectionism in this industry. Mr Krawczyk addressed a hearing organised by the European Economic and Social Committee to assess the European Commission's recent "Better Airports" package. The Committee is currently drawing up an opinion on the proposal.
  • 21 Oct 2011
    For an efficient and sustainable transport system in Europe EESC President met Commissioner for Transport Siim Kallas On Thursday 20 October Staffan Nilsson met the Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Transport, Mr Siim Kallas. They discussed the current EESC work on the opinion on the White Paper "Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area" (TEN/454) which will be adopted at the October Plenary session in the presence of Mr Kallas.

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  • 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.
  • 22 Jun 2012
    Getting everybody online Although netizens are clearly in the driving seat and ahead of politicians, there is still too few of them, said Anna Maria Darmanin, Vice-President of the European Economic and Social Committee in her intervention at the 2012 Digital Agenda Assembly today. Ms Darmanin spoke in a panel discussion on the impact of online activism and global netizens.

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