The EESC strongly supports the goal of redirecting investments in such a way that they contribute to the EU's transition to a sustainable economy but calls for the social partners and civil society to be brought better on board in the design and implementation of sustainable finance. The EU green bond standard has the potential to yield significant economic benefits for both issuers and investors alike and help the green transition.
The Commission’s 2012 Communication on "promoting the cultural and creative sectors for growth and jobs in the European Union" was a milestone in the recognition of the economic, social and cultural importance of these industries by the European institutions. This Communication was accompanied by two staff working documents (SWD) — one relating to the competitiveness of high-end industries , and the other to the competitiveness of the European fashion sector . This was followed by an action plan on the competitiveness of high-end industries and the European fashion sector.
The EESC calls for a budget increase and special promotion under Horizon 2020
The creative sector in Europe has great potential, but it needs more support to fully develop and become a serious competitive player on the world market. Other branches, including the textile, tourism, automotive, construction, and health industries would also benefit from an ambitious cultural and creative sector. The EESC therefore calls for an increase in the budget and specific financial support under Horizon 2020.
The EESC Plenary today highlighted the importance of the collaborative economy and the functional economy as new business models for a more sustainable Europe. But it also called on the Commission to ensure that the collaborative economy does not increase job insecurity and the opportunity for tax avoidance. Nudge thinking is one way to achieve this. The Committee debated a number of key issues affecting Europe's future economic development with Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen.
Europe's rich cultural heritage and dynamic cultural and creative sectors are a part of European identity. These sectors fully contribute to the Union's economic development, generating jobs and growth, and are thus key for Europe's future.
The Creative Europe programme 2021-2027 constitutes a unique platform for coordinated and constructive support to them across the continent. Through the many activities and projects it will fund, the proposal will be a key enabler to reinforce European cultural and creative sectors, and to unlock their full potential in an economic, social and international perspective.
The European Economic and Social Committee's Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) organizes a Public Hearing on 23.10.2018 (09.30-13.00) on Europe Creative Programme.
The hearing is part of the preparation of an opinion on Europe Creative Programme following the referral from the Council.
The EESC "Smart Islands" project is based on the own-initiative of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on Smart islands TEN/558.