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Blockchain can have multiple applications in the social economy, but must not create a new ‘digital economy elite’, says #EESC

Blockchain can have multiple applications in the social economy, but must not create a new ‘digital economy elite’, says #EESC

| August 1, 2019

Originally associated with cryptocurrencies, blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) are in fact very versatile and can be usefully applied to the social economy. However, it is important to regulate them properly and gear them to benefits for all, allowing everyone to participate, says the EESC in a report tabled at its July plenary. While […]

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#EuropeanSemester and a new governance approach are crucial for future EU economic policy 

#EuropeanSemester and a new governance approach are crucial for future EU economic policy 

| July 26, 2019

The European Union should grasp the opportunity of the new political mandate and financial period to improve its economic policy co-ordination and governance. The European Semester should become the most important element of economic policy co-ordination and a multi-level and multi-actor governance approach should be implemented, says the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). It […]

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#CircularEconomy – Time to unleash power of consumers, urges #EESC

#CircularEconomy – Time to unleash power of consumers, urges #EESC

| July 25, 2019

So far, actions to boost the development of a circular economy in Europe have centred on production, getting industries to introduce circular business models and bring circular options to the market. Now conditions are ripe for getting consumers involved, and empowering them to make sustainable purchasing choices in their daily lives, says an EESC report […]

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#EESC welcomes decision of Centenary International Labour Conference to adopt two new instruments to combat violence and harassment in workplace

#EESC welcomes decision of Centenary International Labour Conference to adopt two new instruments to combat violence and harassment in workplace

| June 25, 2019

EESC President Luca Jahier, along with the vice-presidents Isabel Cano and Milena Angelova, underline the importance of this decision and note that the European Economic and Social Committee has already adopted new Rules of Procedure and a new Code of Conduct for members at the Committee’s plenary session on 20 February 2019. The adoption by […]

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#ClimateAction – Time to scale up

#ClimateAction – Time to scale up

| June 17, 2019

The Finnish presidency of the Council of the EU will place the fight against climate change high on its agenda. One of the challenges will be to unite the 28 member states around this fight and focus on the opportunities that a more sustainable Europe can provide for economic, social and environmental progress.  To underline the […]

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#Cross-BorderServices boost growth says study

#Cross-BorderServices boost growth says study

| June 13, 2019

According to the new study commissioned by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), cross-border services generate new jobs and economic growth. They are positive for all EU countries, for different kinds of jobs – both labour and knowledge intensive. The document proves that avoiding strict regulation in the cross-border services internal market is beneficial […]

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#SMEs should play greater role in #Bioeconomy

#SMEs should play greater role in #Bioeconomy

| May 24, 2019

The bioeconomy is a crucial factor in fighting climate change, responding to the growing food demand and boosting rural areas. In its opinion on the Updating of the Bioeconomy Strategy, adopted at its plenary session of 15 May, the EESC calls for better support for SMEs in the form of advice and access to finance. Public-private […]

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