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EESC Activities Report no. 2/21



Warsaw, 12th April 2021 

 

EESC Activities Report no. 2/21

 

Marcin Nowacki, President of the European Enterprise Alliance and Vice-President of the Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers, and Tomasz Wróblewski, President of the Warsaw Enterprise Institute, are members of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), an EU advisory body which represents employers’ and employees’ organisations in the EU lawmaking process. We present a summary of their activities in February 2021.

On February 24-25, the EESC plenary session held a debate on the conference on the future of Europe with the participation of Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President of the European Commission for Democracy and Demography. In addition, Committee members adopted a resolution “Organized civil society involvement in national recovery and resilience plans – what works and what does not?”  according to which that it is important to ensure that the real challenges of public health and economic and social recovery are at the heart of decisions and policies for growth.

On February 18, 2021, a first meeting of the study group for offshore renewable energy strategy was held. The rapporteur for the EESC opinion on this strategy is Marcin Nowacki. The main element of the meeting was the discussion on the working document on the EU Strategy aimed at using the potential of marine renewable energy for a climate-neutral future. Furthermore, in its opinion, the EESC expressed its disappointment in the lack of specific measures and instruments for financing offshore wind energy projects. The Committee also indicated that each investment in offshore wind farms should contribute to the greatest possible extent to the socio-economic development of regions in the immediate vicinity of a given investment, by supporting participation in a given project, the so-called local content factor.

Regulatory activity

Tomasz Wróblewski became the rapporteur for the EESC opinion on the European economic and financial system: fostering openness, strength and resilience.

The aim of the proposed strategy is to strengthen the role of Europe in the global financial system, as well as to strengthen the resilience of EU economies against currency crises, reduce dependence on other currencies and ensure lower transaction costs, financing and risk management, while protecting the EU against unfair practices and abuses.

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Marcin Nowacki also took part in the 9th meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform, which was devoted to a debate on the assessment of the implementation status of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

Moreover, the proposal for an opinion on the support and cooperation of the European Union with Belarusian entrepreneurs, workers and civil society, which was proposed by Nowacki in January, was accepted by the EESC Bureau, which decided to prepare its own opinion on this matter.

More information about the EESC

What is EESC?

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is an EU advisory body comprising representatives of employers’ and workers’ organisations and other interest groups. It issues opinions on EU issues to the European Commission, the Council of the EU and the European Parliament, thus acting as a bridge between the EU’s decision-making institutions and EU citizens.

What does the EESC do?

It gives the interest groups a formal say on EU legislative proposals. Its three key tasks are to:

  • Ensure that EU policy and law are reflect to economic and social conditions in the Member States.
  • Engage in dialogue with employers’ and workers’ organizations from all member states.
  • Promote European integration and participatory democracy.

What is the EESC composition?

The EESC has 329 Members from all EU Member States, who are appointed for a renewable five-year term of office. Members are nominated by national governments and appointed by the Council of the European Union. They are independent and perform their duties in the interest of all EU citizens. The number of Members per country is in proportion to the country’s population.

How does the EESC work?

The EESC is consulted by the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission on a variety of subjects. It also issues opinions on its own initiative.

Members work for the EU, independently of their governments. They meet 9 times a year. Opinions are adopted by a simple majority vote.

Meetings are prepared by the EESC’s specialized sections and the consultative commission on industrial change. The EESC’s specialist think-tanks (known as ‘observatories’) track the progress of EU strategies.

The EESC keeps in touch with regional and national economic and social councils throughout the EU – mainly to share information and discuss particular issues.

 

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