The future is today – it is becoming reality faster than we can track and predict it. Just as people get to grips with one new technology, another one comes along. Our workers find it hard to keep up with the latest developments in tech. For some this is exciting, but others feel frightened.
On behalf of the EESC, I would like to congratulate Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations for launching a strategy aimed at financing the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. We fully endorse Agenda 2030 as this is a win-win strategy: it is good for economic growth and competitiveness, it is good for companies and it is good for workers, and it is good for the planet.
Today, the EESC has adopted, with an overwhelming majority (140 votes for, 3 votes against and 7 abstentions) its opinion on the Multiannual Financial Framework, proposed by the Commission on 2 May. With less than 8 months to go before the European elections, this file is a crucial one as it measures the scale of our ambition for the future of our European Union.
I salute President Jean-Claude Juncker for today's State of the Union in the European Parliament. At the start of a difficult period, culminating with Brexit and the European elections of 23-26 May, the European Commission President has shown that it is essential for pro-Europeans to speak out, loudly and strongly, shouting that Europe is worth fighting for. His speech was not a farewell, despite being his last State of the Union address, but a comprehensive programme for the year ahead. There is no time to waste.
The summer is a good time to look back and reflect on the good work that the Committee has done in many fields since the beginning of the year. One that has drawn my attention is the very interesting study commissioned by the EESC's Employers' Group.
Civil society's contribution to the Energy Union initiative by Luca Jahier, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
The energy transition offers huge potential for cities and regions to pursue new, innovative and effective policies at regional level and is a terrific opportunity to put the EU on the right track to achieving faster sustainable economic and social development. European organised civil society can play a significant role in transforming the way people think to help them embrace change.
The European Union has already seen the dire consequences of those policies in the past, and has learned its lessons. We ought to be careful not to respond to aggressive behaviour with aggressive behaviour. That is what I told reporter Lee Jeong-ho from the South China Morning Post in an interview ahead of the 20th EU-China Summit in Beijing.
Today’s early-morning agreement of the European Council on migration is a step forward to build a stronger future of Europe. We have avoided the worse, now it’s time to walk the walk.
Despite a very tense debate on migration, EU leaders put on the same level not only the effective control of EU’s external borders, but also an "increased external action and the internal aspects, in line with our principles and values.”
The line on principles and values is paramount if we want to continue building the European project. Responsibility goes hand in hand with solidarity, otherwise there is no Union.
Today’s early-morning agreement of the European Council on migration is a step forward to build a stronger future of Europe. We have avoided the worse, now it’s time to walk the walk. Despite a very tense debate on migration, EU leaders put on the same level not only the effective control of EU’s external borders, but also an "increased external action and the internal aspects, in line with our principles and values.”