The deadline for applications has been extended until 10 September 2015
The 2015 prize will reward initiatives carried out by civil society organisations and/or individuals and aimed at improving the economic and social inclusion of the people living in poverty and countering the increasing risk of facing poverty in Europe.
The aim of the Civil Society Prize, which is awarded annually, is to reward and encourage tangible initiatives and achievements by civil society organisations and/or individuals that have made a significant contribution to promoting European identity and integration.
On 22 and 23 July, the EESC President Henri Malosse was in Luxembourg to talk with representatives of the new Presidency of the Council of the EU.
The EESC President spoke extensively with Xavier Bettel, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, on the priorities of the Luxembourg presidency, which focused mainly on the Greek crisis, the Ukrainian crisis and the question of receiving and hosting refugees in Europe. These three subjects are keystone for one of the fundamental values of the EU that seems in recent times poorly conducted: solidarity. "Without solidarity Europe will not survive," said Henri Malosse ...
Henri Malosse, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, was on mission in Kiev the 14 July to discuss various aspects of the relations between Ukraine and the European Union.
On this occasion, President Malosse held discussions with key representatives of Ukrainian civil society, such as Patriarch Philaret and Iryna Gerashchenko, Chairperson of the European Integration Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament...
Tangible initiatives at local, regional and EU level will help boost the economy
"There is no other economic sector closer to the citizens than the social economy," said Nicolas Schmit, Luxembourg's Minister for Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, at the Social Enterprise: Make it happen – a renewed commitment event held by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 10th July. "This is why I pay tribute to the EESC for being the sector's constant champion," he added. Mr Schmit also sees the social economy as a crucial link between the EU and its citizens.
The EESC supports the adoption of a legally binding agreement in Paris and strongly supports the EU's negotiating position. The Committee believes that the EU can play a leading role by demonstrating that climate policy and positive economic development go hand in hand.
A key point from the EESC’s perspective is the role of civil society in this process. A broad-based global civil society movement has emerged that is now calling for rigorous climate protection efforts. Agreements must meet with broad public approval and support from businesses, trade unions and other groups of civil society.
Civil society has a key role in monitoring what governments do, and is best placed to put pressure on policy makers to ensure they honour their commitments. Secondly, civil society will be instrumental in the actual implementation of the agreement on the ground. And thirdly, civil society partners can share good practices, disseminate knowledge and push for the adoption of new green technologies.
In order to ensure broad support and to encourage implementation "from below", the EESC recommends that the Commission, the Council and the European Parliament (EP) engage in intensive and structured dialogue.
IN THIS ISSUE: 'Europe in harmony' - Top three winners selected in EESC video challenge; The Luxembourg presidency : "Genuinely listening to civil society is a prerequisite for a more vibrant European democracy"; Migration: European solidarity stress test; Agricultural trade and global food security.