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Aviation has a very broad impact on economic growth. The air transport system generates benefits beyond the immediate aviation industry. As well as connectivity and mobility for citizens and businesses, they include securing investments, supplying jobs and improving productivity and innovation - thus contributing to society's welfare. The aviation sector employs almost 2 million people and contributes EURO 110 billion to Europe's economy.[1]

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On the eve of COP 21, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) together with the Committee of the Regions (CoR) have urged negotiators in Paris not to fail, sending a clear message: Real action on climate and towards low-carbon transition is taking place outside of the political decision-making process, and it is now time for the contribution of civil-society actors as well as local and regional authorities to be framed in a multi-level governance system.

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When discovering there was no help, no support nor advice for her and her son, Robbie, victim of a serious attack in Greece that left him with lifelong brain injuries, Maggie Hughes decided to take on the fight for the rights of victims. This fight led her from a helpless situation in 2008 in Crete to having helped influence EU legislation to support victims of crime in the EU in 2012 and to get a final judgement in Robbie's case in September 2015.

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Yesterday the EESC President, Georges Dassis, met Sandro Gozi, Italian Secretary of State of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers responsible for European policies, in the presence of Joost Van Iersel, President of the EESC's Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion (ECO) and Carmelo Cerdone, Vice-President of the Section.

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During the European week for combating organised crime, the EESC is looking at ways of improving collaboration between civil society and the local authorities in combating the scourge of organised crime.