Employers’ Group Manifesto on the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE)
With this paper the Employers' Group provides impulses for the on-going discussions at the CoFoE, but certainly does not anticipate the important discussions which have yet to take place. Employers feel hugely responsible and committed to this European Union, a historically unique peace and freedom project which has been able to develop prosperity and security in the EU and beyond. Yet, like every ambitious project, so too the EU needs continuous improvement and new ideas.
In the new normal – after COVID-19 – geopolitics, climate, digitalisation, human rights and labour issues will have impact on trade. It is time to rethink global and EU rules and to design effective tools for better market access and a level playing field. The EU as a global actor must act smartly when adopting the new EU trade policy.
Bureaucratic measures will have very little effect on the gender pay gap
In order to address the gender pay gap, the root causes of the gap must be carefully assessed and correctly identified. The EU and the Member States need to take policy action that provides solutions to horizontal and vertical labour market segregation, gender stereotypes and the inadequate provision of child-care and long-term care.
This study sheds light on the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) uptake for Europe’s MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises), with specific attention to the most vulnerable groups such as micro-enterprises, family companies, enterprises in remote areas and mono-entrepreneurs.
Stepping stones to a level playing field in Europe
The Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA) are the EU answer to updating rules for digital services. Both legislative proposals aim at fostering Europe's key political objective of digital sovereignty through unleashing the potential of our Digital Single Market and ensuring safe, fair, open and accountable digital services according to the European values.