While the environmental benefits of the transition to low-carbon energy supply systems have been widely discussed, economic effects have only been touched upon in a piecemeal fashion, e.g. through employment in the renewable energy sector, the increasing cost competitiveness of energy from renewable sources, or the rise of energy poverty. In particular, it remains unclear how the economies of Europe's diverse regions are affected by the shift to decentralised, low-carbon energy supply. As recent political initiatives in relation to coal regions and islands however show, Europe's energy transition has a distinctively regional dimension. The EESC is currently working on an own-initiative opinion on "The effects of a new carbon-free, decentralised and digitalized energy supply structure on jobs and regional economies". In this opinion, it seeks to take stock of existing economic analyses on the regional effects and develop an assessment framework.
In November 2017, the European Commission released its third report on the State of the Energy Union. The Commission’s overall assessment of progress towards achieving the goals of the Energy Union is positive but it recognises that much still needs to be done. In particular, it promises 2018 to be a Year of Engagement, ensuring that citizens and civil society are mobilised and take full ownership of Europe’s energy transition. The EESC has previously highlighted a number of challenges in realising the Commission's vision of putting the citizen at the heart of the Energy Union and the progress made in this respect.
This public hearing therefore pursues two overarching goals, namely to hear how civil society organisations and experts assess the State of the Energy Union and to explore opportunities to improve economic and political ownership of the Energy Union by citizens and civil society.
Public Hearing: How effective is EU legislation for SMEs in Sweden?
22 February 2018, Europahuset, Regeringsgatan 65, Stockholm, 9:30-13:00.
The hearing is part of the EESC follow-up work related to its opinion on Improving the effectiveness of EU policies for SMEs, adopted in July 2017.
The main objective of the hearing was to debate the effectiveness and efficiency of EU policies for SMEs and gather valuable input and feedback from Swedish stakeholders on the matter with a view to finding ways in which they can be improved. Particular emphasis was put on the recommendations that have been outlined in the EESC opinion with the aim of implementing them at national level.
The EESC Permanent Study Group on Disability Rights is organising a public hearing on "Women with disabilities in the EU: situation and way forward". The aim of the event is to look into the situation of women with disabilities in the EU and propose some recommendations to improve it. In the first part we will set the scene and background while in the second part we will listen to some inspiring testimonies and good practices.
Your presence and input are most welcome!
In line with the EESC opinion " Strengthening Europe's Cyber Resilience System " (TEN / 608) adopted in December 2016 and taking into account the growing importance of cybersecurity, the EESC is organizing a half-day conference on 09 January 2018, in Brussels.
The conference is the opportunity to evaluate the EU model of resilience, in the context of attacks targeting citizens, social systems and economic sectors in the Member States.
The EESC Permanent Study Group on Disability Rights is organising a public hearing on "Reviewing the 2014-2020 ESIF Regulations in favour of persons with disabilities and their representative organisations".
The aim of the event is to look into the use of European Investment and Structural Funds to promote inclusion of persons with disability.
The purpose of this public hearing was to gather recommendations for the opinion that the EESC is currently working on. This opinion would be principally addressed to the political decision-makers at different levels in order to practically align the policies to the needs of non-state climate actors.
The EESC is organising a public hearing on "Air Traffic Management continuity in an Open and Connected Europe". This hearing is part of the Committee's work on opinion TEN/641 Aviation: An Open and Connected Europe. In the presence of the EC's Director-General Henrik Hololei and Filip Cornelis, Director of Aviation Policy, the Committee will bring together key stakeholders from the aviation sector, trade unions, regulators, and passenger associations, to take stock of the current situation in terms of service continuity and to explore ways forward that create added value for all stakeholders and high quality services in Europe's aviation sector. The event will allow stakeholders to come together and formulate concrete ideas that could positively impact the ongoing work on the EESC opinion.
The EESC Permanent Study Group on Disability Rights is organising a public hearing on the follow-up to the UNCRPD Committee's concluding observations to the EU two years after their publication.
The aim of the event is to offer EU Institutions, DPOs and other civil society organisations the opportunity to discuss the future of the EU Disability strategy after 2020.
In the first part we will focus on the next steps that the European Commission and the members of the EU Framework for the UNCRPD will take, while in the second part we will listen to DPOs good practices, taking examples also from other policy areas.
Your presence and input are most welcome!
Taxation of the sharing economy - analyse of possible tax policies faced with the growth of the sharing economy in the framework of exploratory opinion requested by the Estonian Presidency.