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22/12/2016

The internet and digital technologies have been transforming our way of life. They play an essential role in economic and social life, for instance to support vital energy, health, government and financial services. The digital economy already generates over one fifth of GDP growth in the EU and most Europeans buy online each year.

20/12/2016

On 19 December, the EESC president Georges Dassis met Maurizio Massari, Italy's Permanent Representative to the European Union since 1 June 2016.

 

They shared the view that the EU would again have a lot on its plate in the coming year, but more particularly that it was not on the right track: the Member States had lost sight of the shared values that underpinned the European project and the reasons why they had chosen to come together. There was a lack of solidarity between them, and in several Member States, an erosion of civil rights.

20/12/2016

The European Union has attained a very high level of security and safety in civil aviation but that shouldn't encourage it to relent in its efforts....

19/12/2016

 The European Commission is proposing to revise the so-called Posting of Workers Directive from 1996, which affects some 2 million workers in the EU. Posted workers are employed in one Member State, but sent to work temporarily in another country by their employer. The general view of the EESC Employers' Group is that the existing EU legislation on the posting of workers - namely the original 1996 Posting Directive and the 2014 Enforcement Directive which aims to strengthen the practical implementation of the Posting Directive -  strikes a proper and fair balance between supporting the cross-border provision of services and protecting the rights of posted workers.

16/12/2016

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has awarded its 2016 Civil Society Prize to five organisations and individuals from across Europe who have demonstrated outstanding examples of solidarity towards refugees and migrants. The first prize went to the Hungarian NGO Artemisio Foundation (14 000 EUR), while the German organisation SOS Mediterrannee, the Greek baker Dionysis Arvanitakis, a branch of the Spanish NGO SOS Racismo and the Greek NGO Iliaktida (Sunbeam) received 9 000 EUR each.

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