The recent statistics on food waste seem surprising, even shocking. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year never reaches our plates. That represents approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of food (UN FAO, 2018). Each year, this amount would in fact suffice to feed 3 billion people, which is four times more than the number of people suffering from undernourishment on this planet (UN FAO, 2018). In Europe alone, as estimated by EU figures, food waste amounts to 88 million tonnes (European Parliament, 2017).
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Brexit, the next EU budget and the future of the single market are the core interests of the European employers' organisations. On 14 March 2018, representatives of BusinessEurope, EuroChambres and CEEP presented the priorities of their organisations for 2018 and discussed the issues with the members of the employers' group.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is on the rise. Nevertheless, Europe is lagging behind the US and China. The EU should put its full weight behind the acceleration of AI and robotics in Europe. Some people are concerned by this development. What will happen to service and manufacturing jobs as automation accelerates as a result of AI and robotics? Such concerns are understandable but should not be the main approach to the subject. Automation is hardly a new phenomenon. In some ways, it dates back to the industrial revolution. The development of AI and robotics is in fact a continuation of a long development, in which jobs have moved upwards in the value chain – becoming more productive and better paid jobs.
The list of new work appointments for February 2018 and the most recent list of ongoing EESC work are available for download in the attachments below.
The single market, trade, digitalisation and the circular economy are among European employers' organisations' key political priorities for 2018. The secretaries-general of Eurocommerce, UEAPME and CopaCogeca discussed the political priorities of their organisations for 2018 with the Members of the Employers' Group.
All Member States, with the exception of the United Kingdom, Denmark and Malta, have decided to launch permanent structured cooperation (PESCO), pursuant to Section 2 (Articles 42 to 46) and Protocols 10 and 11 to the TEU. The will to introduce a type of differentiated integration has arisen as a political response to the demand from European citizens for greater security. It is a clear message of support for the common values of the Treaty of Rome, particularly now, at a time when the memory of the historical values of peace and cooperation that drove the peoples of the founding Member States to respond unanimously to the horrendous wounds of two world wars is fading in many Member States.
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.
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.