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28/09/2018

In the context of the UN 2030 Agenda, the European Economic and Social Committee will hold a public debate where we will explore how the EESC has worked towards implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in practice – both with civil society, and within the Committee itself.   

15/05/2017

The EESC is drawing up an opinion on the Commission's recent communication dedicated to waste to energy. This public hearing aims at gathering stakeholders' views on this critical aspect of the waste management and the transition towards a circular economy.

23/03/2017
Reference number: 
13/2017

The intensive and revealing discussions which took place at the EESC's European Consumer Day 2017, celebrated in Malta on 21 March, showed how important the Commission’s  Fitness Check of the Digital Market is. Many of the standards which are fully accepted in the real world are ignored when consumers, traders and providers interact in the virtual world. 37% of e-commerce and booking ...

Adopted on 07/12/2017
Reference: 
REX/486-EESC-2017
Plenary session: 
530 -
Dec 06, 2017 Dec 07, 2017

The 2030 UN Agenda, or the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, will be one of the top global priorities over the next 15 years, yet it received very little mention in the Commission Communication "Trade for all". Trade is specifically mentioned with regard to nine SDGs (but only once in the MDGs). UNCTAD estimate that, to meet the 17 goals and the 169 targets, at least an extra US$2.5 trillion a year will need to be found - effectively from the private sector. This opinion would seek to look into this further and aim to evaluate how much of that will need to come through trade and investment.

EESC opinion: The core role of trade and investment in meeting and implementing the SDGs

09/03/2017 10/03/2017

With a view to taking stock of the Action Plan's implementation, looking at next steps and discussing the goals and practicalities of a European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, the EESC and the European Commission co-organised a conference which took place on 9-10 March in Brussels.

16/02/2017

Triggering radical change in the way we buy, exchange or even value goods and services, the collaborative economy, the functional economy and the circular economy have had a considerable impact on businesses, consumers and workers. In its 2016 opinions on all three economic models, the EESC has recognised both the potential of these new models for Europe's sustainability as well as the uncharted legal territory they bring with them. Taking our work to the next level, we have joined forces with the Global Hub for the Common Good, to enrich the European debate with input from communities directly involved in these new economies.

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