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  • 19 Jun 2017
    Study visit to the Port of Rotterdam

    Gaining hands-on experience of the biggest, smartest, most sustainable and best connected logistics and industrial hub in Europe – this was the purpose of the visit by the members of the Transport Category to the Port of Rotterdam on 15 and 16 June.

  • 28 Apr 2017
    EESC proposes creation of stakeholder Platform to increase women's employability in transport

    Only two in every ten transport workers are women. With 78% of jobs occupied by men, transport is one of the sectors most affected by gender inequality. The EESC believes that attracting more women to transport jobs is an urgent imperative, and is proposing the creation of a 'Platform for Change' to address this issue. At its April plenary, the EESC approved the opinion 'Women and Transport – Platform for Change', which defines the shape and operation of...

  • 20 Mar 2017
    European employers strongly against the revision of the posting of workers directive

    Representatives of German, French, Swedish and Polish employers' organisations expressed their strong concerns about the revision of the posting of workers directive during the conference entitled "Revision of posting directive – it is not only about posting and workers... Facts and myths". "The proposal is a form of hidden protectionism, undermines the four freedoms, and thereby hampers the single market," said Jacek P. Krawczyk, President of the Employers' Group, in his opening statement. The conference took place on 16 March 2017 in Brussels and was organised by the Polish Confederation "Lewiatan".

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  • 22 Sep 2016
    Ref: 57/2016
    EESC urges the EU to adopt a more comprehensive nuclear strategy (PINC)

    Competitiveness, economy, security of supply, climate change and public acceptability are key considerations for the future of nuclear power, says EESC in its opinion adopted at today’s plenary.  “The European Commission’s proposal does not offer a clear and comprehensive approach to the future of nuclear power in Europe”, deplores EESC rapporteur Brian Curtis. "The recent ...

  • 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.

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  • 4 Apr 2017
    Big data: how to minimise risks while maximising benefits for all

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has recently published a study on The ethics of big data carried out by Evodevo, a company based in Italy which specialises in big data, sematic analysis and open source intelligence. The study focuses on the ethical and social implications of big data and examines five actions meant to prevent the imbalance between individuals using digital services and data collectors taking ever bigger proportions as the digital revolution gains momentum. Big Data is described as huge quantities of extremely complex data that cannot be ...

  • 28 Sep 2016
    The European Cloud Initiative – Sharing innovation to boost growth

    The Commission's European Cloud Initiative aims to create a world-class data infrastructure geared to the scientific community to be used by researchers and scientists and subsequently by public services, innovative SMEs and industry, making it possible to...

  • 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.

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