The European maritime technology industry is an important sector in terms of employment, directly providing more than 500 000 jobs. Shipyards and firms manufacturing marine equipment make a significant contribution to the economic development of the regions where they are located, and across the entire supply chain, which is particularly important to SMEs. Each direct job in a European shipyard means, on average, seven jobs created in the region.
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Digital innovation and technology are changing today's society by giving new opportunities for businesses, governments and citizens in a wide range of sectors including industry, health, social media, e-services, data etc. The digital world moves fast. Is the EU single market perfectly adapted to the digital era? It is important for Europeans to reflect on how the EU can take advantage of the digital revolution in order to remain competitive and create more jobs. Estonia, as a leader in ICT and digital services is the perfect location to raise these questions.
In the light of the agreement in principle reached in July 2017 between the EU and Japan on an Economic Partnership Agreement, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)'s Follow-up Committees on International Trade and Japan are taking the opportunity to organise a half-day joint seminar.
This joint LMO – European Commission conference aims at 1) looking at the lessons learned from all the recent efforts for the labour market and social integration of refugees; 2) discuss on how these developments can be used to address other challenges across EU societies and labour markets, notably for giving more opportunities to other vulnerable or disadvantaged groups.
The event will include plenary sessions as well as parallel workshops to allow fruitful discussions between policy makers, experts and civil society representatives.
The EESC is organising a public hearing on "Air Traffic Management continuity in an Open and Connected Europe". This hearing is part of the Committee's work on opinion TEN/641 Aviation: An Open and Connected Europe.
During the meeting, the EU DAG will discuss with a representative of the European Commission the preparation for the meetings with Korea under the trade and sustainable development chapter, as well as about the current business environment in Korea and presentation of the white paper of the European Chamber of Commerce in Korea. Preparations of the 6th meeting of the EU-Korea Civil Society Forum in Seoul will be also discussed.
A concept of Climate Justice frames global climate change as a political and ethical issue, not strictly an environmental one. It recognises that the poorest, most vulnerable people regularly suffer the greatest impacts of climate change even though they produce the least emissions that drive it. This Side Event will present practical options to address climate justice in a socially equitable manner. It will highlight EU success stories and opportunities for collaboration and the sharing of good practices with other UNFCCC parties.
This exhibition will showcase the best of Estonia's wilderness, including: landscapes, flowers, birds and big mammals. Estonia has a lot to offer nature lovers, with a landscape that is as diverse as the plants and animals that call it home. Its deserted beaches, deep forests, picturesque lakes and rivers, and mysterious swamps contain a hidden and vibrant world of birds, seals and bears.
The European Economic and Social Committee is organising a hearing as part of its follow-up work related to its opinion on Improving the effectiveness of EU policies for SMEs, adopted in July 2017.
The PSG on the inclusion of the Roma will in its hearing on 15 November deal with segregation in education of Roma. Roma are often placed in special schools for children with learning disabilities. The Commission has launched infringement procedures against the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary for school segregation As segregation has negative consequences on school attainment it severely affects the Roma though their entire life and maintain them in a situation of deprivation and poverty.