The social dimension of the EU economy is a fact, not something that needs to be created. The nature of the single market is social; many of the benefits it creates are par excellence part of the social dimension.Improving Europe’s competitiveness and stimulating greater growth are just two essential conditions needed to further develop the social dimension of the EU. A strong economy resolves the problem of high unemployment much faster than new funds or administrative measures could.
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Summary of the discussion during the extraordinary meeting of the Employers' Group. The discussion on boosting industry and competitiveness in Europe took place during the Extraordinary Meeting of the Employers’ Group in Brussels, Belgium on 13th November 2013. The discussion on re-industrialisation of Europe took place during the panel organised by the Employers’ Group in the framework of the European Forum for New Ideas on 26th September 2013 in Sopot, Poland.
Members' conclusions after the conference held in Vilnius on 25 October
Conclusions of the debate which took place during the Extraordinary Meeting of the Employers’ Group Bureau in Vienna on 22nd October 2013.
"The international climate change negotiations should be a forum in which countries encourage each other forwards, not hold each other back." Lutz Ribbe, President, EESC Sustainable Development Observatory
Entrepreneurial policy must stimulate the creation of all forms of enterprise. The emergence of freelance and craft businesses, the professions, family businesses and cooperatives or social enterprises should also be encouraged.
Gonçalo Lobo Xavier, rapporteur on "Reigniting the entrepreneurial spirit in Europe"
The completion of the EU Single European Sky (SES)is an inherent part of the process of improving the competitiveness and growth of the EU economy by further strengthening the European single market. Its objective is to provide better, more effective and reliable conditions of air travel to the European citizens.
"The outermost regions (ORs) have considerable assets to contribute to the future of Europe: the talents of their men and women, their agricultural, fisheries and industrial products, their high-quality tourism and their geographical role as outposts of Europe in their regional neighbourhoods. The citizens of the ORs feel themselves to be 100% European."
Henri Malosse, EESC rapporteur on the EU's outermost regions
European Economic and Social Committee
"We believe that the free movement of researchers, scientific knowledge and technology must become the internal market’s ‘fifth freedom’ in addition to people, goods, capital and services." Daniela Rondinelli, rapporteur,EESC opinion on a partnership for excellence and growth in the European Research Area
Since 2007, the global financial crisis, sparked to a large extent by failures in the banking sector, has caused hardship for ordinary people around the world. It has demonstrated starkly the need for stricter regulation and supervision of the banks and financial services that underpin society.