According to the EESC, the European manufacturing system can only make an effective and competitive transition to a cutting-edge digital and environmentally friendly economy when it is ready for significant investments in innovation. As the main job creators and providers, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) need particular support. The steps planned by the European Commission to facilitate better development of the manufacturing system should therefore be consistently based on real awareness of companies' – especially SMEs' – needs.
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Comitetul Economic și Social European (CESE) invită Comisia să reflecteze mai în profunzime asupra opțiunilor de politică menite să contribuie atât la reducerea emisiilor de gaze cu efect de seră, și deci la combaterea schimbărilor climatice, cât și la menținerea competitivității. Obiectivul trebuie să constea într-o mai bună protejare și promovare a industriilor mari consumatoare de resurse și de energie din UE; în caz contrar, Europa riscă să piardă locuri de muncă în favoarea unor economii mai puțin ecologice și să nu își atingă ținta de reducere a emisiilor de gaze cu efect de seră (GES).
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) calls on the Commission to reflect in more depth on policy options that help both to reduce greenhouse gases and thus fight climate change and to maintain competitiveness. The goal must be to better protect and promote the EU's resource and energy-intensive industries (REII), otherwise Europe runs the risk of losing jobs to less clean economies and missing its goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
EESC calls for better protection of workers in the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)
The creation of healthy and energy efficient homes and work places, as foreseen in the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), should be achieved by creating synergies with the removal of harmful substances during energy renovation, says the EESC in its opinion on Working with Asbestos in Energy Renovation, which it adopted at its May plenary.
The European Economic and Social Committee believes that aging in dignity should become a fundamental right. Europeans live longer, and this is good news. But with aging, new social, economic and health-related challenges are emerging which affect both the elderly and their families and societies. For too long this topic has been neglected and the growing needs of older people not anticipated, says the EESC. In its opinion, the EESC highlights the enormous potential older people represent for new jobs and technological progress.
CCMI hearing discussed "Economic, technological and social changes in advanced health services for elderly people"
In the event of a deal, the UK should stay aligned with EU laws; for chemicals, the REACH regulation is key. As for the aeronautics industry, agreements on reciprocity in the most important areas should be put in place. The planned transition period is too short, however, and should be extended to at least five years.
Although industry 4.0 is still a relatively new concept, many experts are already announcing a fifth industrial revolution that will bring about a new paradigm of cooperation and interaction between humans and machines. This is one of the main conclusions of the conference on industry 5.0 organised by the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 22 November.
It needs target-oriented support to blossom fully
The Creative Europe programme must help the industry to flourish and unleash its full potential. The main focus needs to be placed on social inclusion, by creating sustainable, well-paid jobs and helping Europe's various creative industries to become competitive on the world market.
EESC opinion calls for strong industrial and manufactory policy based on reciprocity