"The transition to a low-carbon world is taking place everywhere at a pace that was previously unforeseen and unexpected. There are a growing number of concrete initiatives to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and develop business models for the low carbon economies" said Jacek P. Krawczyk, President of the Employers Group at the EESC in his opening speech at the 7th global meeting of the Low-Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi). "The EESC has an important role to play in...
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The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is an essential EU policy and any changes need to strongly support the European model of agriculture and family farming. A reshaped CAP must support farm incomes, deal with market volatility and preserve European agricultural production, also in light of any new trade deals. The income inequality both between rural and urban areas and within the agricultural sector itself should be overcome. The future CAP must also deliver on Europe's international ...
The achievement of a truly circular economy implies fully implementing the waste hierarchy, starting with waste prevention. Waste-to-energy can sometimes be justified but the focus should be on preventing, reuse, repair and recycling. Alternative, promising waste-to-energy practices, such as biogas, should be supported. These were the main messages of the event organised by the EESC on "Waste-to-Energy under the Circular Economy", on 15 May in Brussels. The hearing gave experts from...
On 5 April, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)'s NAT section invited supporters and opponents of the European Citizens' Initiative calling for a ban on glyphosate to debate in its premises. A million supporters from at least 7 member states are needed in order for the Commission to consider taking action about this substance along the demands of the ECI. After two months the initiative has already collected over 640,000 signatures. The ECI includes three requests: firstly, a ban on glyphosate, secondly, a reform of the pesticide approval procedure, and thirdly, setting EU-wide mandatory reduction targets for pesticide use.
Webstreaming - A thematic debate in the framework of the NAT Section meeting
5 April 2017 – 11:30-13:00
The presentations delivered during the latest NAT section meeting of the 14 March 2017 are now available.
The debate on a long-term strategy for a more sustainable Europe was launched by the EESC with a public hearing on 1st March. Based on an assessment of long-term trends and challenges, such as the digitalisation of the economy, the shift to a low carbon economy and the transformation of labour markets, the hearing explored the transition to a new economic model that is economically more resilient, socially more fair and environmentally more responsible.
The 3 presentations delivered during the latest NAT section meeting of the 6 February 2017 are now available.
Commissioner Karmenu Vella presented his green-blue portfolio at the meeting of the NAT Section on 6 February.
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.