On the 14 November 2014, the Employers' Group of the EESC will be organizing a seminar in Zagreb jointly with the Croatian Employers organizations HUP (Croatian Employers 'Association), HGK (Croatian Chamber of Economy) and HOK (Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts) entitled : "Securing Essential Imports for the EU Energy: New opportunities - or new threats?". This keynote conference, which will be attended by many of our Members together with Government representatives and a number of local businessmen, aims to examine the depth of EU dependence on imports of energy and to look at alternative possibilities for supply of predictable and secure sources of energy.
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Reinforcing European industrial competitiveness is one of key priorities of the Italian presidency of the EU Council. Since the Employers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee fully supports this approach, the group would like to initiate an open discussion on the tools needed to rebuild Europe's industry and boost its competitiveness, drawing vital lessons from the Italian case. The representatives of the European Commission and the Italian presidency together with members of the Employers' Group and invited guests will attempt to identify the main external challenges for the European industrial base and define the economic sectors that could be the most competitive on the global market.
Following up the opinion adopted by the EESC on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the Employers' Group of the EESC organises the debate entitled "What development opportunities will the TTIP give Europe?" The discussion will take place during European Forum for New Ideas in Sopot, Poland. The panellists will discuss what are the benefits and challenges coming from TTIP and will analyse consequences of closer regulatory cooperation.
The Employers' Group would like to open the debate on the EU competitiveness in a global market but also on R&D and innovation in the energy sector. The various speakers will also be giving the participants insights on the significant development work taking place across the north-east of Scotland as well as the impact the emergence of the Oil & Gas industry has had on the region.
The objective of the Employers' Group thematic meeting, jointly organised with the National Hellenic Confederation of Commerce (ESEE) is to have an open and frank discussion on the critical issue of the lack of access to finance in Greece which jeopardise business development, economic recovery and growth. Our aim is to propose concrete initiatives to national and EU decision-makers based on a constructive exchange between EESC Employers Group members and Greek business actors.
The objective of this extraordinary meeting of the Employers' Group is to launch a debate on the links between industrial policy, growth and global competitiveness and analyse them from a business perspective. The aim is to encourage exchanges of views, diagnoses and practices between national and European decision makers, business and experts. The tone of the discussion will be free and open, without jargon.
The conference aims to raise the profile of trade as an essential means to secure growth and jobs in the current economic crisis, in line with the Europe 2020 strategy. The Conference will in particular look at the following issues: • Key trade-related issues, in particular those affecting Lithuania and neighbouring EU - and CIS - countries • Eastern Partnership: Progress of DCFTA negotiations • Maintaining Open and Fair Trade (Updating EU Trade Defence Instruments and related issues)
The morning session will be devoted to the EU Danube macro-regional Strategy and how Employers can contribute to its success. The afternoon session will be on Employment and training, practical lessons from the Austrian experience. The Group President Jacek Krawczyk will open the meeting and Dr Erhard Busek, former Deputy Chancellor from Austria, will introduce the morning meeting.
The event seeks to initiate a frank and open debate on the various responses to the financial and economic crisis in EU Member States and analyse them from a business perspective. The aim is to encourage exchanges of views, diagnoses and practices between EESC Employers' Group members and leading Maltese business representatives. Local policy makers, EESC members and attending businessmen will exchange views in a frank and informal manner on how Europe is responding to the economic crisis.
"European Forum for New Ideas" is an international conference of business communities' involving politicians, academics as well as representatives of the cultural sector. The objective of this conference is to search for new ideas and realistic solutions to the critical challenges that Europe face. EFNI will offer an opportunity to take a fresh look at the crisis impact and assess growth prospects. The general title of the EFNI this year is "Where are you heading Europe? How to renew the old continent?"