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  • 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.

  • 6 Jun 2014
    Ref: 41/2014
    EESC wants realignment of EU's climate and energy policies

    The 499th plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) was largely dedicated to discussions on EU energy and climate policies. In the presence of the Energy Commissioner, Mr Oettinger, Members voted on several energy-related opinions[1].

    [1] Voting (FOR/AGAINST/ABSTENTIONS): Policy framework for climate and energy 2020-2030 (voting:198/23/13);Energy prices and

    costs (voting:163/18/10); Exploration of hydrocarbons with fracking (voting: 167/2/10); EU emission trading scheme (voting: 140/10/13);

    competitive and resource-efficient urban mobility (voting: 132/0/3)


  • 13 Sep 2013
    Ref: 54/2013
    The situation of women in the Mediterranean region - in debate with women representatives at the September EESC plenary session At its upcoming plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee will host a debate on the afternoon of 18 September on The economic and social situation of women in the Euro-Mediterranean region with Esther Fouchier, founder of the Mediterranean Women's Forum (FFM), Jamal Hermes Ghibril, president of the Lebanese Women's Council, and Salwa Kennou Sebei, member of the Association of Tunisian Women for Development Research (AFTURD). Another highlight of the session will be a discussion on the "Water for All" European Citizens' Initiative, which seeks to ensure water as a human right for all rather than using it as a private sector commodity, with statements by Carola Fischbach-Pyttel, General Secretary of the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) and Riccardo Petrella, Secretary General of the International Committee for the World Water Contract. The debate is expected to arouse great interest, as it is a major issue for many EU Member States at both regional and national level.
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  • 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.
  • 12 Sep 2013
    Ref: 53/2013
    The Fourth Railway Package in the EESC and CER spotlights The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER), the European Parliament (EP) and the Committee of the Regions (CoR) concur on the need to increase investments in railway infrastructure. The debate held at the EESC shows that investment, rather than prescriptive tendering of domestic services, can deliver a step change in the quality of railway services.
  • 12 Jun 2013
    Ref: 45/2013
    Single European airspace: now or never The European Commission has finally realised that there can be no single market without a single European sky, said the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in its reaction to the Single European Sky II+ project which was unveiled today. "The Single European Sky has been lagging for way too long and we are glad to see that the European Commission has finally decided to support the enforcement of its own legislation, using a method which has proven successful for many years in obliging EU Member States to respect the four basic freedoms of the European market: i.e. referring them to the Court", said Jacek Krawczyk, President of the EESC Employers Group and rapporteur for a number of opinions related to aviation.

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  • 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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