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13/07/2016
Reference number: 
48/2016

Europe's steel industry is the basis for many industrial sectors and the lifeline for economic and social welfare in many regions in Europe. In addition to the economic crisis hitting the steel industry hard, the flood of unfairly traded steel imports has driven down steel prices and decimated the European steel industry. "Enough is enough. We have to save our steel. We have to show our ...

19/05/2016
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33/2016

The EU-China Round Table's 14th meeting was hosted by the EESC in Brussels on 18-19 May 2016. The Round Table was set up in 2007 following a Decision taken by the 9th EU-China Summit, which acknowledged that the exchanges and cooperation between the EESC and its Chinese counterpart, the China Economic and Social Council (CESC), formed an integral part of the EU-China relationship. Topics on the agenda included ...

18/05/2016 19/05/2016

The 14th EU-China Civil Society Round Table took place in Brussels on 18 and 19 May 2016. Topics set up for discussion during this meeting of the Round Table were Innovation and economic development in rural areas, and Infrastucture and investment, in the framework of the One Belt One Road initiative and the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The aim of the discussions was to find common ground and exchange ideas and best practices.

05/04/2016

The hearing is part of the preparation of an own-initiative opinion on the same subject.

When China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO), the accession protocol included a clause which could be interpreted to mean that from a specific date (11 December 2016), China would automatically be given market economy treatment for the purposes of the application of trade defence instruments. This interpretation is contested by some stakeholders.  It would have a direct impact on industry, investment, growth and employment in Europe.

04/07/2016
Adopted
Reference: 
CCMI/144-EESC-0000

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) warns against granting China market economy status (MES) and  calls on the European institutions to promote fair international competition and actively defend European jobs and European values with efficient trade defence instruments (TDIs). In its opinion, adopted at its 514th plenary session on 14th July, the EESC points to the disastrous impact a possible granting of MES to China would have on Europe's industry and consequently on Europe's labour market.

The impact on key industrial sectors (and on jobs and growth) of the possible granting of market economy treatment to China (for the purpose of trade defence instruments)

19/11/2013
Statement by
13th China-EU Round Table
Organisation: 

The China-EU Round Table held its thirteenth meeting in Chengdu on 18 and 19 November 2013.

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Joint Statement - 13th China-EU Round Table

Joint Statement - 13th China-EU Round Table

18/11/2013 19/11/2013

The representatives of the European Economic and Social Committee and the Chinese Economic and Social Council elaborate reports and exchange ideas in view to give a civil society contribution for the development of EU-China relationship. The topics set up for discussion that year were human rights and EU-China relations. The aim of the debate was to find common ground and exchange ideas and best practices.

11/04/2013 12/04/2013

The EU-China Round Table was set up by a decision of the Heads of State and Government in 2007, and meets twice a year to discuss topics relating to economic and social issues relevant to both parties. The representatives of the European Economic and Social Committee and the Chinese Economic and Social Council elaborate reports and exchange ideas in view to give a civil society contribution for the development of EU-China relationship.

29/10/2012
Speaker
Staffan Nilsson
Organisation: 
EESC

Over the past year we have been particularly active in engaging with our partners, the Chinese economic and social council. The purpose of this dialogue, which is done through what we call The EU-China Round Table have proven to be a very useful tool for putting across the demands and recommendations of civil society organisations to the EU and Chinese political authorities.

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Opening speech at the 9th China International Finance Forum

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