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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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    22 Apr 2016
    Ref: 26/2016
    EU Aviation Strategy will succeed only with support of all stakeholders, insists the EESC

    "The Aviation Strategy should create a better climate for investment to encourage EU investors. This will increase the competitiveness of the sector and its overall role for the economy and, in consequence, promote growth and jobs", said Jacek Krawczyk, EESC rapporteur for the Aviation Strategy. In his opinion, instead of searching for financing from outside the EU and giving away market share, EU aviation should expand to emerging markets with growth potential.

  • 7 Dec 2015
    Ref: 73/2015
    European Economic and Social Committee welcomes the European Commission Aviation Strategy for Europe and urges for its implementation

    Aviation has a very broad impact on economic growth. The air transport system generates benefits beyond the immediate aviation industry. As well as connectivity and mobility for citizens and businesses, they include securing investments, supplying jobs and improving productivity and innovation - thus contributing to society's welfare. The aviation sector employs almost 2 million people and contributes EURO 110 billion to Europe's economy.[1]


  • 8 Nov 2013
    Ref: 70/2013
    State aid in aviation: as much as necessary, as little as possible State aid in aviation must be the exception rather than the rule; if it is granted, it should always be spent for clearly defined purposes, within a specified timeframe, and it should be as transparent as possible, said Jacek Krawczyk, president of the Employers' Group, rapporteur for EESC's numerous opinions on the aviation industry. His statement came at a conference "Aviation – does it need state aid?" convened by the EESC yesterday ahead of the January publication by the European Commission of revised state aid rules in aviation.

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    22 Apr 2016
    Ref: 27/2016
    The EESC calls for e-inclusion and digital knowledge for all European citizens

    Nothing can escape today's digital revolution. The "internet of things", 3D printing, artificial intelligence, big data, online platforms and the sharing economy are bringing new businesses into the digital arena and create new opportunities for innovative SMEs and start-ups. The digital revolution is bringing about changes in modes of production and patterns of consumption, how we understand the world, and even how we live together as a society.

  • 16 Jan 2013
    Ref: 02/2013
    EU blueprint for cloud computing falls short While EU plans rightly aim to boost the use of cloud computing (CC), they fail to spur the development of cloud services and the emergence of European cloud computing infrastructure, warned the European Economic and Social Committee in an opinion it adopted at today's plenary session.
  • 5 Oct 2011
    Ref: 103 2011
    The EESC in Gdansk: Click IT! to see Europe's digital future

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is holding a "Click IT!" forum on 5-7 October at the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Hall on Ołowianka Island in Gdansk (Poland). A dozen or so exhibitors will demonstrate innovative yet easy-to-implement schemes designed to close the digital gap in Europe. The EESC delegation will be led by its Vice-President, Anna Maria Darmanin. The forum will be held on the sidelines of a high-level international conference, Innovation for Digital Inclusion, organised under the auspices of the Polish Presidency.

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