A growing number of European companies have already changed their mind-sets and, over and above the strictly business aspects, are now taking environmental and social aspects into consideration as well in their daily operations. To make the transition to a green economy a success, the EU needs to provide a level playing field for its companies, boosting competitiveness and investment. These are some of the conclusions of the conference on Business for Climate Neutral Europe – making the most of the SDGs and the Green Deal on 9 March in Split, Croatia.
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Exchange of best practices, sufficient funding, minimisation of red tape – what is needed to revitalise and modernise small retailers, was discussed at the EESC's SME, Crafts and Family Business Category meeting. Business associations and a representative of the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (European Commission) met with members of the EESC's SME category on 26 February. The aim of the discussion was to examine the outcomes of the study on The future of retail in city-centres and the priorities of European SMEs in retail.
The list of new work appointments for February 2020 and the most recent list of ongoing EESC work are available for download in the attachments below.
For his contribution to strengthening bilateral relations between Japan and Bulgaria, Georgi Stoev was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, by the Ambassador of Japan to Bulgaria Masato Watanabe. The Order of the Rising Sun is the highest Japanese Orders for civil and military merits awarded to foreign nationals.
The list of new work appointments for January 2020 and the most recent list of ongoing EESC work are available for download in the attachments below.
The members of the Employers' Group have chosen their candidates for the future president of the EESC, the future president of the Employers' Group and the future presidents of the sections and CCMI.
The list of new work appointments for December 2019 and the most recent list of ongoing EESC work are available for download in the attachments below.
On 11 December 2019, the European Economic and Social Committee voted on the opinion "Common minimum standards in the field of unemployment insurance in EU Member States" (SOC/583). The opinion was adopted by 141 votes in favour, 65 votes against and 14 abstentions. The majority of members of the Employers' Group voted against the opinion.
Future challenges related to globalisation, digitalisation, climate change, Brexit and others were the topic of the seminar "Future of Europe – challenges ahead", that took place on 3 December in Malta. The conference was organised by the Employers' Group together with the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry.
Sustainability is of critical importance for business and employers, who play a crucial role as generators of development. A sound and solid economy is the necessary enabler of sustainable development. We need to seek solutions beneficial in three aspects: economic, social and environmental. While various stakeholders have much in common in their perceptions of sustainability, they often differ on how to get there. These are some of the conclusions of the discussion on "How business can promote sustainability" that took place on 21 November 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.