Circular economy strategies have been under development in European cities, regions, and countries in the last few years. In the evolving context of the transition to a circular economy, strategies are valuable endeavours which draw attention to the topic, kickstart initiatives and bring stakeholders together. This study reviews existing circular economy strategies across Europe, highlighting the different degrees of inclusiveness in terms of consultation. The findings include a call for stronger involvement of civil society organisations in earlier phases of strategy deve
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In recent years, the EESC has produced a substantial number of opinions concerning the fast development of information and digital technologies showing how involved organised civil society is in this "revolution". We firmly believe that the digital revolution needs to benefit and include all people, especially vulnerable people, while striving to eliminate existing digital divides and prevent further disparities emerging in this area.
This publication presents ideas on digital developments and contains the summary of all relevant EESC opinions.
This publication presents the Diversity Europe Group – Group III of the EESC.
In view of the informal Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the EU on the future of Europe in Sibiu (Romania), on 9 may 2019, the EESC, as the institutional representative of organised civil society, sets out its own vision of the future with Europe becoming the world leader on sustainable development. To this end, The Committee calls for a new strategy based on a global, cross-sectoral approach focusing on the needs of the citizens with the primary goal of sustainability.
This document is the political declaration of the Employers' Group before the European elections. The declaration calls for an open economy – with open markets and fair competition. An open economy must be accompanied by an open society that relies on dialogue and good governance. Europe needs enabling and encouraging policies that stimulate creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. The Group issued the declaration to be vocal about employers' support for the EU.
Climate change is one of today’s biggest threats and requires efforts by all actors in the economy and society. Combating climate change needs a global commitment to achieve real impact. Businesses have great potential to provide climate solutions, be they technologies, products, services or expertise. This document summarises the views of the Employers' Group on climate change and on the role of business in addressing that challenge.
AI as part of general digitalisation provides businesses and people with huge opportunities, but there are also challenges in terms of the implications of AI. Innovation and skills development, together with an efficient single market for data play a crucial role in strengthening the EU's AI competitiveness. At the same time, AI must be developed and used in an ethical and trustworthy way. This document summarises the views of the Employers' Group on artificial intelligence and its implications on the economy.
This study on behalf of the Workers’ Group of the European Economic and Social Committee explores the possibility of establishing three policy instruments to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) and rebalance the economic and social dimensions of the E(M)U.
The EESC will host the photography exhibition "Romanian landscapes of my heart" featuring the work of the well-known Romanian photographer, Sorin Onisor.
Often called "the Romanian village photographer", he inspires many young people and his photographs of Romanian landscapes and countryside life are highly appreciated.
The exhibition will be displayed at the EESC from 23 April until 26 May 2019, in the context of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Sustainable development with its economic, social and environmental dimensions is an inevitable approach to the future. Enterprises play a crucial role as generators of sustainable development. A favourable business environment is needed to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of sustainability. This document summarises the views of the Employers' Group on sustainable development.