The EU is ready for a digital revolution and for reaping its benefits – this was one of the conclusions of the conference on the Advantages of a Digital Society, which took place on 25 October 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia. The participants discussed various aspects of e-society and the Digital Single Market. Cyber security, societal trust, the free flow of data, the further development of infrastructure and getting rid of barriers hindering the Digital Single Market were just a few of the issues raised.
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For the EESC, European added value must be at the centre of economic decision-making within the debate on the future of Europe
"EU governance needs a common sense of purpose that goes beyond technical approaches and measures. It is primarily a matter of political will and a shared vision of Europe's future." That is how Joost van Iersel, president of the ECO section in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), summarises the EESC's position on the future of the European economy.
The EU aims to ensure clean, competitive and connected mobility integrating all means of transport by 2025. In an opinion drafted by the TEN section and adopted at the EESC October plenary session, the Committee urges the Commission to further improve the regulatory framework in order to establish an efficient Single European Transport Area.
Active ageing, investing in education and developing the right skills among main solutions for future-proof Europe
Despite a record high number of people in employment and continued economic growth in the EU, young Europeans today face less stable career prospects, less social security and worse living standards than older generations. This makes intergenerational fairness one of the top political priorities, a conference held at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) revealed.
Taxation policy should be more prominent in European development policy, says the EESC
The EU institution should promote a positive image of civil society organisations, preserve their independence and ensure they are properly funded, the EESC says
Jacek Krawczyk was re-elected as the President of the Employers' Group for the second half of 2015-2020 mandate. The Employers' Group Members also elected their candidates for key EESC positions to be taken over next year.
The far-reaching changes in the world of work, such as the blurring of the previously well-defined roles of employers and workers and the rise in the number of workers in precarious employment, make it imperative for the role of social dialogue and collective bargaining to be acknowledged and strengthened, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) said in a recent exploratory opinion requested by the Estonian presidency and adopted at the EESC's last plenary session in September.
Technological developments are full of opportunities, but also risks, disability organisations warn at an EESC public hearing
The EU Disability strategy for 2020-2030 should ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to a fully digitalised world, a conference on “The future of the EU Disability strategy after 2020” heard this month at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).
On 11 October, the ECO Section of the EESC organised a workshop on "Digitalization – the Future for Cities?" inviting three cities to participate: Paris, Tallinn, and Jun. This year, specific focus was given to modern concepts (innovation, digitalization etc.) which are rapidly gaining more and more importance in city regions.