On 23 January, Italy's National Council for Economic Labour (CNEL) held a meeting, under the auspices of the European Economic and Social Committee, entitled "EFSI: a tool for growth". The conference had two aims: to promote the use of EFSI and to examine how this financial instrument could be useful in the period 2021-2027 in relation to the European Commission's priorities: research, Erasmus, cohesion policy, agriculture, Ten-T, defence and immigration.
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The Employers' Group did not support the EESC opinion on driving and rest time periods, working time and posting of workers (TEN/637). For the Group, the opinion did not sufficiently reflect differences of views in the Committee concerning the Commission's proposal on the posting of workers.
The list of new work appointments for January 2018 and the most recent list of ongoing EESC work are are available for download below.
The Employers' Group elected its candidates for Vice-Presidents of the Sections of the EESC in the second half of 2015-2020 term. They will take over their duties in April 2018, in the middle of current mandate.
After 2017, a year marked by an unprecedented series of climate disasters, climate change is the primary global challenge we have to tackle together. Today, international commitments place us on a trajectory of over 3°C global warming, which is a long way off the objectives of the Paris Agreement adopted two years ago, which aims to limit rising temperatures to below 2°C, 1.5°C if possible. We can therefore see that much greater efforts are needed – a real revolution in our production and development methods. – writes Anne Chasagnette, Member of the Employers' Group
Giovanni Sabatini from Italy was appointed as a new member of the Employers' Group, replacing Giancarlo Durante, Director of the Italian Banking Association.
The success of the new Industrial Strategy will depend on the way it is implemented. Business organisations are calling for a broad, horizontal approach to industrial policy – these are some of the conclusions of the seminar on Industrial Policy that took place on 18 December in Brussels. The participants of the discussion presented their views on a recent proposal by the European Commission on industrial policy.
The Commission's proposal on industrial policy is a step in the right direction, but the EU needs a long term, comprehensive strategy: this is one of the conclusions of the debate at the Employers' Group meeting on 6 December 2017. The aim of the debate was to contribute to two opinions on industrial policy that the EESC is currently working on.
On 30 November 2017, the Siauliai Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts, in partnership with the European Commission, Siauliai District Municipality, Siauliai University and the EESC, held an international conference under the heading "Globalisation and Economic Patriotism: Dilemmas, Challenges and Possibilities" in Siauliai, Lithuania. Nearly 200 representatives from business, science, governmental bodies, local municipalities, social partnerships and other institutions attended the event. The European Economic and Social Committee's Employers' Group delegated three members of the group to the conference: Janusz Pietkiewicz, István Komoróczki and Pietro Francesco De Lotto.