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The general objective of the Report is to study the recent evolution of the social economy in the European Union. It focuses on three areas: firstly, the social economy and the emergent concepts/movements related to it, secondly, the public policies adopted in both the EU and the member states in recent years to enhance the social economy sector and thirdly, measuring the weight of the social economy in each EU member country.

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The general objective of the Report is to study the recent evolution of the social economy in the European Union. It focuses on three areas: firstly, the social economy and the emergent concepts/movements related to it, secondly, the public policies adopted in both the EU and the member states in recent years to enhance the social economy sector and thirdly, measuring the weight of the social economy in each EU member country.

July 2017

Topics:

  • The Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU: EU today and tomorrow;
  • REFIT Platform: improving regulatory frameworks for economic growth;
  • Dealing with a Dis-United Kingdom;
  • Businesses and consumers will win from an inclusive circular economy;
  • Artificial intelligence at the service of transport
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Group 1 newsletter July 2017

15/06/2017
Adopted
Reference: 
NAT/707-EESC-2017

RoHS 2 addresses the waste hierarchy’s highest priority, waste prevention. Waste prevention includes measures that reduce the content of harmful substances in materials and products. Decreasing the amount of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic waste benefits the management of such waste as a result.

EESC opinion: Restrictions on hazardous substances (RoHS)

18/10/2017
Adopted
Reference: 
SC/48-EESC-2016-01690-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
829 -
Oct 18, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

This subcommittee opinion, prepared in response to the commission's request, will take stock of the views of European stakeholders on how EU policies and regulatory action can use sustainable economic models to transition successfully towards economic modernisation by reconciling economic prosperity and efficiency, social inclusion and environmental responsibility.

EESC opinion: SC/048 - New sustainable economic models

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Presentation of Arthur ten Wold, Manager of De Groene Zaak

Presentation of Leon de Graaf, Advisor environmental and climate policy, BusinessEurope

Presentation of Aileen Koerfer, Services Policy Officer UNIEuropa

Presentation of Diego Isabel La Moneda, Global Hub for the Common Good

05/07/2017
Adopted
Reference: 
NAT/706-EESC-2017-00719-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
527 -
Jul 05, 2017 Jul 06, 2017

The objective of the Communication on the role of waste-to-energy in the circular economy is to ensure that the recovery of energy from waste in the EU is consistent with the objectives pursued in the Circular Economy Action Plan.

EESC opinion: EESC opinion: Waste-to-energy under the Circular Economy

14/07/2016
Adopted
Reference: 
NAT/691-EESC-2016-03054-00-01-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
518 -
Jul 13, 2016 Jul 14, 2016

The legislative proposal unveiled by the Commission in March 2016 on organic and waste-based fertilisers is part of the Circular Economy Action Plan published in December 2015. It aims at fostering resource efficiency in the sector of fertilising products, create new opportunities for businesses and farmers and improve the environmental performance of these substances

EESC opinion: Circular Economy Package – Waste-based and organic fertilisers

15/12/2016
Adopted
Reference: 
INT/784-EESC-2016-00975-00-00-AC-TRA
Plenary session: 
521 -
Dec 14, 2016 Dec 15, 2016

In this opinion, the EESC calls for society to begin an economic transition from over-exploitation of resources and a throw-away culture to a more sustainable, job-rich era, based on quality rather than quantity. In order to cope with the fundamental shift to a new economic model with major systemic consequences in many areas, it is recommended that a new cross-cutting and permanent body be set up in the EESC to analyse these developments.

EESC opinion: The functional economy

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