The aim of this study by the Bertelsmann Stiftung is to review and examine the work of the Various Interests Group during the period of its current mandate (2010-2015) in the light of current challenges and the political agenda in the EU.
The new United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted on the UN world summit on 25 – 27 September, sets out an unprecedented broad action plan for people, planet and prosperity. An ambitious strategy and the installation of effective governance mechanisms will be key for a proper implementation of the SDGs in Europe.
Introduced on 1 April 2012 by the Treaty of Lisbon, the European Citizens' Initiative is the most important instrument of participative democracy in the European Union. By collecting at least 1 million signatures from at least 7 EU Member States, citizens have the right to call directly on the European Commission to propose a legal act or modify the existing one. This Guide is to provide you with an idea of how to get involved.
This brochure is based on the 2014 Annual Activity Report issued in July 2015.
In line with the EESC's mission statement, this report aims to highlight what we are doing and why we are doing it!
This publication is part of a series of catalogues published in the context of the exhibitions organized by the EESC.
To remain competitive in a globalised economy, the European Union needs a coherent and comprehensive EU Aviation Strategy. In the view of the EESC, the starting point for such a strategy should be the fact that the economies of numerous countries outside the EU have grown, which has promoted aviation as a facilitator of such growth. An EU-wide aviation strategy should therefore be based upon three pillars.
While the European Union is seeking a new breath without actually achieving to reach it, Europe continues to move forward. The organised Civil Society, rooted in ground realities, builds it day by day, relying on the creativity and the common sense of convinced women and men. In the recent years, the European Economic and Social Committee has carried out numerous actions to improve the lives of Europeans and brought to the highest authorities concrete tracks of advancement, without hesitating to conduct internal reforms in order to achieve.
This publication provides an overall perspective of the key recommendations contained in the opinions adopted by the European Economic and Social Committee on maritime affairs over the last four years. EESC opinions express the views of organised civil society and, according to the Treaties, are published in the Official Journal of the EU and taken into consideration by the European Institutions involved in the legislative process (European Parliament, Council of the European Union and European Commission).
"Achieving sustainable growth in a competitive world is challenging. The challenge is even greater for the European Union, as the Old Continent faces a severe competitiveness deficit. Without entering into a health review, that could be delivered at a further stage, of each of the 28 Member States, the ambition of this study is to draw-up a comprehensive picture of EU economic growth.
The business sector in Europe believes it is time to redefine EU priorities, by putting competitiveness first, implementing the better regulation agenda and offering better support for innovation. To improve the environment for investments in innovation and to address issues underpinning it, an appropriate framework must be put in place.