This report provides a study of the retail sector, which is one of the biggest in Europe in terms of the number of enterprises active and individuals employed. The study aims to provide practical insights on revitalising small retailers in urban and rural areas. The underlying objective is achieved through identifying the main trends, challenges and opportunities faced by small retailers, and outlining what types of good practices have been put into place to support these enterprises in city-centres, including highlights on the situation of small retailers located in rural areas.
This Study aims at making a comprehensive overview of the EU State aid rules and their impact on SMEs in the period 2014-2018 with the goal to identify which policy issues create the greatest challenges for SMEs (incl. social partners and NGOs), and what are the best practices available to tackle the issues.
This publication is a compendium of studies carried out in 2016 at the EESC.
This publication is a compendium of studies carried out in 2017 at the EESC.
This publication presents the position of the EESC on SMEs and entrepreneurship.
The transition to the Circular Economy will impact businesses, workers and consumers in different ways/varying degrees across the economy. The Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector is crucial for this transition. In 2016, the consumer electronics sector alone produced 44.7 million tonnes of e-waste, with mobile phones accounting for 435 thousand tonnes, and a mere 20% being recycled. This study presents the opportunities and challenges arising from implementing a circular approach, using the mobile phone sector as an example.
This leaflet is part of a series of publications published in the context of the cultural events organised by the EESC.
The EESC will host the photography exhibition "Kirja, a Finnish Story" featuring the work of the Belgian photographer, Noémie Kreitlow.
Right wing populism and nationalism, while not a new phenomenon, has in the recent years taken hold in many countries, including several within the European Union; sometimes as opposition, sometimes as government. Often, the ideological mixture of welfare chauvinism and nationalism is intended to appeal to the working class, with different degrees of success.
This leaflet outlines the origins and the composition of the EESC's Liaison Group with European civil society organisations and networks, presents its internal structure and its main activities.
The purpose of this report is to show what the Directorate for Human Resources and Finance (DHRF) did in 2018 to attract, retain, motivate and develop people with skills and experience, contributing to the overall mission of the EESC.