Representatives of European organised civil society have put forward their proposals as part of the preparation by the Commission of its 2017 Work Programme. While regretting the result of UK citizens' vote to leave the EU, the EESC asks for a rapid start to the negotiations with the UK in order to respond to the present uncertainty about the future of the EU and it demands to be fully involved in the negotiation process with the UK.
Afdeling Interne Markt, Productie en Consumptie (INT) - Related Publications and other work
The "Smart Cities" project is a follow-up to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) own-initiative opinion on Smart cities as a driver of a new European industrial policy, adopted in July 2015.
Within the framework of the project, a delegation of seven EESC members has carried out study visits to six EU cities that have successfully implemented smart project initiatives.
In order to gain a better understanding - from the organised civil society’s point of view - of the implementation of the Services Directive in the construction sector, the Single Market Observatory (SMO) in cooperation with the Labour Market Observatory (LMO) carried out a pilot study in a number of Member States of the European Union (Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal and Romania).
Single Market Observatory study on the workings of the Services Directive in the meat processing sector.
The Strasbourg Declaration called on the EESC to implement the actions suggested during the event Social Entrepreneurs: Have your say! (Strasbourg, 16-17 January 2014).
Through the instrument of an EESC project that covered a period of 19 months (February 2014-September 2015), a group of 9 members worked in close cooperation with representatives of the sector on the implementation of the Strasbourg Declaration.
The "Space and Society: bridging the missing links" project aims at helping to generate and maintain political support for current and future space programmes on both EU and national levels; bringing the attention of a larger audience and downstream stakeholders to the announced benefits from the European space policy as well as defining new and concrete actions to be implemented in this context.
The Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) has recently launched a project dedicated to the phenomenon of built-in or planned obsolescence. This project, as its name suggests, is not a one-off action. So it is not merely a usual EESC opinion, nor just a conference devoted to the subject, but rather a series of events, opinions, declarations, articles, follow-up activities, to make sure that the issue of planned obsolescence makes its way to the political agendas of the European Commission and the European Parliament.
The EESC has been always involved in space issues and adopted many opinions in this field. In 2014 the Committee decided to organise an initiative on space to identify the most suitable means to achieve the priorities he has set out in its opinions.
The 18th edition of the European Consumer Day will be held in Brussels on 10 March 2016.
The objective of the conference is to analyze whether and how the Commission's intention to "better regulate" will affect consumer policy. What should be taken into account by the Commission and other institutions in implementing this new strategy? How to make sure that the consumers will not lose?
Following the event in Strasbourg, the EESC has launched the Social Enterprise Project to identify policy ideas and specific measures that can be taken.