European elections, a horizontal approach for SMEs, education, fair trade – these are some of the core interests of the European employers' organisations for 2019. On 20 February, representatives of BusinessEurope, CEEP and SMEunited met members of the Employers' Group to discuss the issues they will focus on this year.
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The list of new work appointments for January 2019 and the most recent list of ongoing EESC work are available for download in the attachments below.
The list of new work appointments for December 2018 and the most recent list of ongoing EESC work are available for download in the attachments below.
Europe loses EUR 370 billion a year due to the gender employment gap. What's more, it is statistically proven that companies with more gender-diverse management boards produce better results. So, why might it take another 217 years to close the economic gender gap at global level, as estimated by the World Economic Forum? On 17 December, high-level speakers from the worlds of business, politics and NGOs came together with members of the Employers' Group to discuss how to leverage the immense potential that women could bring to the European economy.
The agreement on the 'Katowice Climate Package' was applauded and celebrated on Saturday night. Is it worth celebrating from the employers' point of view as well? Yes, it is – for several reasons – but there is still a lot to do, says Tellervo Kylä-Harakka-Ruonala, Vice-President of the Employers' Group.
The main SME instruments, in particular two programmes - COSME and the SME Instrument - were the main subject of the exchange of views between the category members and Mr Julien Guerrier, the Director of the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME).
Lack of awareness, underdeveloped infrastructure, high investment costs as well as skills shortages and mismatches – these are some of the challenges that SMEs are facing when trying to benefit from the digital revolution. The participants of the conference "How to support businesses in the digital age – SMEs go digital" tried to identify potential obstacles and propose solutions to address them in the future. The event took place on 24 October 2018 in Vienna, Austria.
The Ukrainian economy is facing major challenges. Industry is no exception. The textile and clothing industry is one of the main industrial sectors, employing around 90 000 people.
Ukrainian industry was highly dependent on sales in the local market and sales to Russia, but both these sales destinations have drastically diminished in both volume and value for various reasons. Only around 10% of the sector’s total output is exported, according to the Ukrainian Textile and Clothing Industry Association, UKRLEGPROM.
The list of new work appointments for October 2018 and the most recent list of ongoing EESC work are available for download in the attachments below.
One year after the provisional entry into force of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), most small and medium-sized enterprises are doing well out of it. At a round table at the EESC on 4 October 2018, on the opportunities CETA gives small and medium-sized enterprises – "Opportunities arising from CETA for SMEs" – participants identified a number of initiatives companies could still take advantage of to ensure that all SMEs can benefit from the CETA. Although the agreement has been successful overall, there are some concerns about its implementation in certain sectors – such as dairy – and its ratification.