The EESC considers that there is an enormous need for a social investment package to counter poverty and promote employment. Implementing such a package requires:
- creating an investment programme amounting to 2% of GDP;
- identifying new sources of revenue;
- including social investments in the Europe 2020 Strategy and the European Semester;
- considering excluding social investments from the calculation of net government deficits; and
- finding the right tools to measure the effects of such investments
On 15 April 2014, Henri Malosse, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, received Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman. The first meeting between the two was held in the context of the EESC's event entitled "European Citizens' Initiative Day 2014: Building up success". Mr Malosse expressed his commitment to bridging the gap between European citizens and the European institutions ...
On 4 April 2014, the members of the Workers' Group of the EESC took part in a demonstration organised by the European Trade Union Confederation in Brussels. They joined several thousand demonstrators who were calling for a new path for Europe that favours equality and investments aiming at sustainable growth and quality jobs. Ahead of the upcoming European elections on the 25th of May, they called for citizens to vote for candidates who will change the way the EU is governed and who share the vision of a prosperous and socially inclusive Europe.
On 26 and 27 March 2014 an amazing youth event took place in Brussels. 84 students from the 28 EU Member States travelled across Europe to come to the EESC to have their say.
They debated passionately 14 initiatives for a better EU, in order to identify the Top 5, which were voted in the youth plenary session.
IN THIS ISSUE: Minimum income – a basic human right. Interview with Georges Dassis, president of the EESC Workers' Group; Poverty, inequality and environmental degradation can only be tackled through a joint effort; Annual Growth Survey in the spotlight. Interview with Evelyne Pichenot; Indrė Vareikytė: for me, culture is a very important communication tool.