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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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  • 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.


  • 3 Jul 2015 Integrated EU Aviation Policy – a must to boost competitiveness and maintain the position of Europe in global aviation

    "We recognise the importance of #aviation as an enabler for growth and jobs. Aviation does matter but if we don't speak with one voice in the EU, we will not be able to compete globally," stated Violeta Bulc, EU Commissioner for Transport during her speech at the public hearing on the Integrated EU Aviation Policy, which took place on 2 July 2015 in the EESC. She presented stakeholders with the preliminary conclusions emerging from the public consultation on the Aviation Package recently conducted by the European Commission. It has emerged that fair competition, regulatory harmonisation and taxation are the elements that raise the most concerns among stakeholders.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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