The European economy loses over 2% of productivity per year due to a mismatch of skills, according to a recent study commissioned by the European Economic and Social Committee. This means a loss of 80 eurocents for each hour of work. The situation will get even worse in the future due to demographic trends and ongoing technological developments, if no reforms are undertaken.
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The list of new work appointments for July 2018 and the most recent list of ongoing EESC work are available for download in the attachments below.
Transatlantic relations remain strong and important even though they have recently had a very bad press. Business, both in the EU and the US, has a role to play in overcoming current difficulties. Together, we can effectively promote a positive transatlantic agenda and help to fight stereotypes and misinformation. These are just some of the conclusions of the debate with Susan Danger, CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU. The debate took place during the Employers' Group meeting on 11 July 2018.
Gaining hands-on experience of one of the biggest heavy-duty truck manufacturers in the world – the Members of the Transport Category visited Volvo Trucks in Ghent on 27 June.
Less bureaucracy, better regulation, standing strong against protectionism and completing Economic and Monetary Union – these are some of the actions needed to shape the future of Europe. While citizens often forget about the benefits the EU brings, the European Union, with all its flaws and cracks, nevertheless remains our greatest asset. These are the main conclusions of the conference The Future of the European Union – Employers' perspectives, which took place on 21 June in Madrid, Spain.
Macro-regional cooperation is part of the process of strengthening democracy in the EU, and of strengthening bottom-up initiatives. Such cooperation is a positive catalyst, defending and complementing the EU's fundamental values. This is one of the conclusions from the conference on the "Role and significance of the Black Sea region and its connection with the Danube Strategy". The conference took place on 14 and 15 June in Albena, Bulgaria.
While the risk of cyber attacks is growing, most European companies are still unprepared and unaware of the risk. This was highlighted in a recent study commissioned by the European Economic and Social Committee. Small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) are the most exposed, as they often cannot afford to invest adequately in cybersecurity. The level of investment in cybersecurity overall is insufficient. Most businesses do not realise its importance until after experiencing a security breach.
The Employers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee is deeply saddened by the loss of its Bulgarian Member Bojidar Danev who passed away on 28 May 2018 at the age of 78.
The European Union faces a number of internal and external challenges and the only possible response is to show solidarity and to stand by one another – underlined Christoph Leitl, President of Eurochambres in the debate with the Members of the Employers' Group. In his view, global powers – such as the US and China – try more and more to exploit Europe's weaknesses. The only way to defend our European interests is to remain united.
The list of new work appointments for May 2018 and the most recent list of ongoing EESC work are available for download in the attachments below.