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.
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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.
It is an honour to make a statement for the 60th anniversary of the EESC, as I was a member from Greece for 34 years (1981-2015) and, at the time I left, the Committee's longest-serving member. When I started in the Ravenstein building there were only six women members out of a total of 156! Nowadays, I am happy to see over a hundred women out of 350 members in the Belliard premises.
On the invitation of Staffan Nilsson, a former president of the EESC (currently Co-President of the Swedish Rural Parliament, a civil society movement), Istvan Komoroczki, a member of the Employers’ Group and EESC sections NAT and REX, attended the three day meeting in Örnsköldsvik, 440 km north of Stockholm. This event, organised every second year, coincided with the start of the election campaign and so all Swedish political party leaders – facing elections on September 9, 2018 – gladly accepted a call to express their views about the need to develop areas of the Swedish country-side and the ways and means of doing so. A brief report by Istvan Komoroczki will follow.
Implementing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN Agenda 2030 is no easy task. The SDGs aim to tackle all the key sustainability challenges that we are facing globally. Rather than making trade-offs between different SDGs, we need to seek solutions that simultaneously strengthen the economy, promote welfare and decrease the pressure on the climate and environment.
In September 2017, I was approached, in my former role as SDO President, by a coalition of non-state actors called the Europe Ambition 2030 Group who wanted to build on the "Rethink Europe" letter signed by the former President of the European Council, former prime ministers, former Commission vice-presidents, the current WTO executive director and former ministers of finance and labour, experts in finance, statistics, food security, gender issues and European policies, and other distinguished persons. The letter invites Europeans – both state and non-state actors - to "rethink Europe"’ in connection with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN Agenda 2030
Transforming Our World.