On 9 November the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hosted a conference on Co-operative banks and innovation in SME financing. The event was organised in cooperation with the International Confederation of Popular Banks, the European Association of Co-operative Banks, the UNICO Banking Group and the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. The European Commission also took part.
EESC and CoR call for a plain territorial approach to policy making
On 9 November the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hosted a conference on Co-operative banks and innovation in SME financing. The event was organised in cooperation with the International Confederation of Popular Banks, the European Association of Co-operative Banks, the UNICO Banking Group and the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. The European Commission also took part. The conference looked at the growing role of technology players in SME financing and discussed their interaction with more traditional cooperative banks ...
The 3rd meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform (CSP) held in Kyiv on 8-9 November focused on labour market regulation and antidiscrimination legislation and practices in Ukraine, as well as reviewed the progress of the reforms undertaken within the Association Agreement process. The civil society organisations of the EU and Ukraine strongly called for the EU Member States to push, with all necessary political and economic means, for the restoration of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, establishing peace and solving the humanitarian problems of the residents of these and adjoining territories. Opening the meeting, Alfredas Jonuška ...
Globalization, sub-contracting, self-employment, zero-hour contracts, irregular working hours, on-line working through intermediaries - are fast becoming daily concerns for both workers and employers in Europe who have to deal with the fast changing nature of work. Job security in today's changing world is a major concern for European citizens with 47% of Europeans considering that “the worst is still to come” in terms of the impact of the economic crisis on jobs, according to the Spring 2016 Eurobarometer.
EESC member Petr Zahradník attends the event as co-rapporteur for the new EESC opinion on the euro area economic policy recommendations for 2017
On 9 November 2016, Petr Zahradník, EESC Member and rapporteur, followed the structured dialogue between the EP ECON Committee and Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission Vice-President for the euro and social dialogue, also in charge of financial stability, financial services and capital markets union. VP Dombrovskis' intervention was focused on several topics of the EU economic policy, the current state of the European economy and many regulatory issues related to financial markets, prudential supervision as well as the efficiency of the banking sector.
On 4 November, the president of the European Economic and Social Committee took part in a forum organised jointly by the Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the EU (INSULEUR) and the Evia Chamber in partnership with the EESC on: "Sustainable tourism planning and management for European insular destinations". The forum took place in Chalkida (Greece) and was an opportunity to discuss best practises and methods of managing island destinations.
How to make sure that all Europeans can participate and financially benefit from the transition to a cleaner, climate-friendly energy system? How to enable EU citizens to reliably gain access to energy? How to protect the most vulnerable groups in our societies from being cut-off from heat, light and technology? Prosumers have the answers!