Sustainable development must be at the heart of the future of Europe. The EESC calls for an overarching EU 2050 strategy to implement the 2030 Agenda. This publication summarizes the main political priorities of the Committee.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has been actively involved in the European social enterprise and social economy agenda for more than 10 years and supports social enterprise growth and development as a key element of the European social model.
The EESC adopted its contribution to the 2020 European Commission work programme and beyond on 30 October 2019. The EU must focus on climate change, digitalisation, the rule of law and globalisation and embrace a new system of governance, one that more closely involves civil society organisations.
This leaflet is part of a series of publications published in the context of the cultural events organised by the EESC.
The EESC will host the photography exhibition "Images of Another Europe 1985-1989" featuring the work of Constantin Pittas, a well-known photographer from Greece.
This report provides a study of the retail sector, which is one of the biggest in Europe in terms of the number of enterprises active and individuals employed. The study aims to provide practical insights on revitalising small retailers in urban and rural areas. The underlying objective is achieved through identifying the main trends, challenges and opportunities faced by small retailers, and outlining what types of good practices have been put into place to support these enterprises in city-centres, including highlights on the situation of small retailers located in rural areas.
This Study aims at making a comprehensive overview of the EU State aid rules and their impact on SMEs in the period 2014-2018 with the goal to identify which policy issues create the greatest challenges for SMEs (incl. social partners and NGOs), and what are the best practices available to tackle the issues.
This publication is a compendium of studies carried out in 2016 at the EESC.
This publication is a compendium of studies carried out in 2017 at the EESC.
This publication presents the position of the EESC on SMEs and entrepreneurship.
The transition to the Circular Economy will impact businesses, workers and consumers in different ways/varying degrees across the economy. The Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector is crucial for this transition. In 2016, the consumer electronics sector alone produced 44.7 million tonnes of e-waste, with mobile phones accounting for 435 thousand tonnes, and a mere 20% being recycled. This study presents the opportunities and challenges arising from implementing a circular approach, using the mobile phone sector as an example.