Stepping stones to a level playing field in Europe
The Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA) are the EU answer to updating rules for digital services. Both legislative proposals aim at fostering Europe's key political objective of digital sovereignty through unleashing the potential of our Digital Single Market and ensuring safe, fair, open and accountable digital services according to the European values.
The European Commission has published a proposal for a new regulatory framework for batteries and waste batteries, aiming to establish minimum sustainability requirements for all batteries placed on the EU internal market. The EESC supports the proposed measures, however, it calls for more precise and workable governance instruments to implement the new regulation, with the involvement of all stakeholders.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) believe that the present and future of critical raw materials resilience is of essential concern to EU's organised civil society. For this reason, and because the Commission's Action Plan represents a step forward by providing a clear roadmap with initiatives and actions to be taken at EU level, overall the EESC recommends that the European Parliament and the Council support this approach.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has adopted on 9 June 2021 a Resolution to provide the European Commission with a comprehensive contribution to its 2022 work programme. This timely and important document addresses the main issues around using investment and reforms to overcome the economic and social crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This report of the online conference on "Energy poverty at the crossroads of the European Pillar of Social Rights and the European Green Deal", organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 20 April 2021, shows how European civil society organisations can join forces with all institutions at EU, national, regional and local level to fight against energy poverty.
The European Economic and Social Committee adopted at its April plenary session a resolution on the Conference on the Future of Europe in which it calls on "a new narrative grounded on the realities of everyday life" to reconnect and engage with European citizens. For this, according to the resolution, it is essential to ensure that organised civil society is involved and plays a major role.
Digital Transformation (DT) is changing the economy, remodelling the business activities, transforming the world of work and, more in general, affecting common daily activities such as communicating, shopping, researching. Despite the remarkable effort of the EU in encouraging the use of advanced technologies, EU businesses are not currently taking full advantage of them or of the innovative business models offered by the collaborative economy.