While protectionism is not an option for Europe, neither can the EU allow its internal market to be flooded by products that fly in the face of its social and environmental standards and jeopardise its industry, warned the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in a report adopted last week on a comprehensive industrial policy for the EU.
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The EESC advocates a fiscal stimulus focusing on public investment, while also prioritising structural reforms to enhance productivity and support the creation of quality jobs
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) disagrees with the European Commission's proposal for an overall broadly neutral fiscal stance in 2018, advocating a moderate positive fiscal stance of around 0.5% of GDP instead.
The President of the European Economic and Social Committee, Georges Dassis, and the President of the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council, Patrick Bernasconi, met in Brussels on 17 January to present an initial assessment of the enhanced cooperation between the institutions they head and to explore possibilities for further joint activities in the future.
"The Presidency's success does not reflect the size of the country – it is driven by the political will to push for policies that are crucial for the future of Europe", said the EESC's president Georges Dassis in his welcome speech to the Bulgarian Deputy Minister for Labour and Social Policy, Zornitsa Roussinova, at the EESC's plenary session in January.
Participating as keynote speaker in a high-level colloquium, organised by EESC President Dassis on "The position of Greece within the future of Europe", Greece’s Alternate Foreign Minister for European Affairs George Katrougkalos engaged in a lively exchange with Greek EESC members and the Presidents of the Greek civil society organisations represented at the Greek ESC, Athens, 21/12/17.
New incentives aim to foster a fairer division of childcare and other caring duties between men and women, which should help reduce the persistent gender employment gap
Measures proposed by the European Commission to help families achieve a better work-life balance and tackle the unequal distribution of care responsibilities between men and women represent a step in the right direction, said the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) at its plenary session in December.
Freedom of expression and the media remains a serious concern in Montenegro. The last meeting of the EU-Montenegro Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) took place in Brussels on 19 December. The JCC's members discussed the current state of play and the work ahead in Montenegro's accession negotiations to the EU and adopted a final declaration. ...
Digitisation has brought about significant changes in the labour market and workers engaged in new forms of employment are often excluded from accessing social security. In an opinion adopted at the December plenary session, the EESC urges Member States to regulate new forms of work and guarantee access to pensions, health and unemployment systems to these "new workers".
Last week, US academic Richard Thaler received the Nobel Prize in economics for his pioneering work in the field of behavioural economics. Mr Thaler is particularly well known for his research on nudge theory. He coined the term "nudging" to explain how certain actions can encourage individuals to make certain decisions. One year before Mr Thaler's award, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) argued ...
Access to information, more flexibility, transparency and control mechanisms are the main issues to be tackled when analysing the use of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), concluded the participants at the public hearing on 'Reviewing the 2014-2020 ESIF Regulations in favour of persons with disabilities and their representative organisations', held at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 13 December in Brussels.