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The EESC Plenary today highlighted the importance of the collaborative economy and the functional economy as new business models for a more sustainable Europe. But it also called on the Commission to ensure that the collaborative economy does not increase job insecurity and the opportunity for tax avoidance. Nudge thinking is one way to achieve this. The Committee debated a number of key issues affecting Europe's future economic development with Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen.
The European Economic and Social Committee's Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) organizes a Public Hearing on:
“The creative and cultural industries – a European asset to be used in global competition”
The hearing is part of the preparation of an own-initiative opinion by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) aiming at shedding some light to major aspects and challenges for creative and cultural industries (CCI).
The Commission’s 2012 Communication on "promoting the cultural and creative sectors for growth and jobs in the European Union" was a milestone in the recognition of the economic, social and cultural importance of these industries by the European institutions. This Communication was accompanied by two staff working documents (SWD) — one relating to the competitiveness of high-end industries , and the other to the competitiveness of the European fashion sector . This was followed by an action plan on the competitiveness of high-end industries and the European fashion sector.
Electronic components and systems are everywhere: from cars to pacemakers, from mobile phones to smart textiles. Electronics is a key technology enabling innovation and driving productivity for almost all economic sectors.
Recognising the key role of electronics to boost EU growth and jobs, the European Commission launched the Electronics Strategy for Europe in 2013, aiming to mobilise €100 billion in private investments and create 250,000 jobs in Europe by 2020. ECSEL, at the core of this strategy, is a €5 billion public-private partnership to boost Europe's electronics design and manufacturing capability and capacity.
Public hearing in the framework of the opinion ECO/347, held on Thursday, 30 May 2013 at the EESC´s premises in Brussels. The hearing will gather representatives of the financial sector as well as organisations representing the stakeholders in financial markets. The aim is to explore the various demands and needs and make a first attempt at identifying common trends that the EESC can put forward in its opinion on behalf of organised civil society .
Contribution of culture and media to smart and sustainable growth of the EU.
This event is being held in conjunction with the European discussions on the proposal for a regulation establishing the Creative Europe programme which, over the 2014-2020 period, will keep up the financial support granted by the European Commission for projects and initiatives proposed by the cultural and creative sectors. The European Commission has proposed a budget of EUR 1.8 billion for this regulation, which will carry on the activities of the existing CULTURE and MEDIA programmes.