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Adopted on 16/09/2015
Reference: 
CCMI/136-EESC-0000

Digital technologies have reached a degree of maturity that allows their use across a wide range of economic sectors in manufacturing as well as in service industries. According to the 2010 edition of the European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS), more than 50% of the EU workforce use ICT in their daily work, with individual EU Member States reaching rates above 85%. Services sectors are identified as the heaviest users of ICT (for instance, more than 90% of finance employees using ICTS in their daily work), which is to be seen as a natural consequence of the increasing digitalisation of many services – such as eBanking, eCommerce, and online media. 

Effects of digitalisation on service industries and employment (own-initiative opinion)

Adopted on 23/05/2012
Reference: 
INT/606-EESC-2012-1292
Plenary session: 
481 -
May 23, 2012 May 24, 2012

The EESC welcomes the actions proposed by the Commission to develop tools to improve awareness of the sector and the visibility of social enterprise and is pleased to note that the Commission has taken on board several points from its exploratory opinion on the same issue. The EESC calls on Member States to develop national frameworks for the growth and development of that kind of enterprise.

EESC opinion: Social Business Initiative

Adopted on 23/05/2012
Reference: 
INT/623-EESC-2012-1294
Plenary session: 
481 -
May 23, 2012 May 24, 2012

The EESC welcomes the Commission proposal but highlights the fact that it can only be one component of dedicated financial instruments for social businesses. The Committee reminds the Commission that some elements of the proposal have to be clarified in order to allow such funds to be successful, both for the financial community and for the final beneficiaries.

EESC opinion: European Social Entrepreneurship Funds

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