Climate change mitigation and cross-sectoral climate issues were the focus of the thematic debate held as part of the TEN section's monthly meeting on 22 November 2017. Civil society organisations should have a central role in the negotiation and implementation of UN climate change agreements, highlighted the EESC members taking part in recent COP meetings on climate change.
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The EU aims to ensure clean, competitive and connected mobility integrating all means of transport by 2025. In an opinion drafted by the TEN section and adopted at the EESC October plenary session, the Committee urges the Commission to further improve the regulatory framework in order to establish an efficient Single European Transport Area.
Imposing the burden of State aid notification on providers of services of general economic interest (SGEIs) for public compensation overt 15 million EUR a year is excessive, says the EESC in a recently adopted opinion which encourages the Commission to remove the threshold based on an extensive study of the Member States' implementation reports.
Creating a positive narrative for the EU, strengthening its economic foundations, fostering its social dimension, facilitating the transition towards a low-carbon and circular economy and empowering and involving Civil Society. These are the main messages of the contribution of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) to the European Commission's 2018 Work Programme. The EESC calls on the Commission to adopt sustainable development as an overarching ...
Policies to accelerate Europe’s energy transition require more realistic projections, better consultation with consumers, and clearer rules on Brussels’ attempt to enforce renewable energy targets, the EU’s main civil society body has warned.
Only two in every ten transport workers are women. With 78% of jobs occupied by men, transport is one of the sectors most affected by gender inequality. The EESC believes that attracting more women to transport jobs is an urgent imperative, and is proposing the creation of a 'Platform for Change' to address this issue. At its April plenary, the EESC approved the opinion 'Women and Transport – Platform for Change', which defines the shape and operation of...
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has recently published a study on The ethics of big data carried out by Evodevo, a company based in Italy which specialises in big data, sematic analysis and open source intelligence. The study focuses on the ethical and social implications of big data and examines five actions meant to prevent the imbalance between individuals using digital services and data collectors taking ever bigger proportions as the digital revolution gains momentum. Big Data is described as huge quantities of extremely complex data that cannot be ...
On 10 February 2017, the EESC TEN section examines the results of the EESC Projects "Smart Islands" and "smart cities". Representatives of the six visited islands (île d'Yeu-FR, Mallorca-ES, Favignana-IT, Kythnos-EL, Samsø-DK and Saaremaa-ET) and cities (Vilnius, Eindhoven, Genova, La Rochelle, Malaga and Lisbon) will contribute to the discussion, informing EESC Members on the state of play of innovative projects in the field of energy, information and communication technologies (ICT), environment and transport.
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.