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  • 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".

  • 26 May 2016
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    The role of civil society is essential in order to gain social acceptance for the measures relating to transport and COP 21

    In its opinion The impact of the conclusions of COP 21 on European transport policy the European Economic and Social Committee considers that, with regard to transport, the objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 60% compared to 1990 levels is very ambitious and requires major efforts. However, the objective can still be considered relevant and in line with the EU's general objective under COP 21, provided the associated actions and initiatives are implemented urgently, with the necessary determination and as soon as possible.

  • 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.

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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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  • 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.

  • 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.

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