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.
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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.
To remain socially successful we need economic success. To keep the European social model sustainable, we have to improve its efficiency and increase Europe's productivity. These were the takeaways of the discussion The European social model – can we still afford it in the globalized world, which took place in Sopot, Poland on 27 September 2018.
The list of new work appointments for September 2018 and the most recent list of ongoing EESC work are available for download in the attachments below.
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.
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.