Following the publication of the EU Agenda on Migration and fully aware of the importance of the topic for Europe and its civil society, the EESC is preparing an opinion on the "EU Action Plan against migrants smuggling". In this framework, the EESC is organising a public hearing to allow the rapporteur, Ms Brenda King and the member of the study group to gather knowledge from relevant stakeholders.
Following the Baltic, Danube and Adriatic Ionian Regions, the Alpine space was the fourth to adopt its macro-regional strategy on 28 July 2015. The EESC welcomes the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region and sees it as an element of value added for the Alpine area as well as a driver for development that can nurture the competitiveness and cohesion of Europe as a whole.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted its opinion on the EU strategy for the Alpine Region at its plenary session on 8 October 2015.
The EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) concerns an area lying across five EU Member States (Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia) and two non-EU countries (Liechtenstein and Switzerland). This is an area of higher economic development, environmental sustainability and social cohesion than the EU average, but it also faces major common challenges, such as an aging population, climate change, energy issues and the disadvantages of its geographical position.
Elected with an overwhelming majority, Georges Dassis is the 31st president of the European Economic and Social Committee, an institution that he will head with two vice-presidents, Michael Smyth (budget) and Gonçalo Lobo Xavier (communication) from 2015 to 2018.
"This mandate will be useful to the people of Europe, and will be devoted entirely to them. We intend to mobilise all the forces of civil society to make the European Union attractive and more present in the daily lives of Europeans. First, there is a need to alleviate extreme poverty and invest in youth employment, infrastructure projects, research and innovation, something that needs to be done on a massive scale. Europe must not be equated with a race to the bottom, but to the top. It must improve life for all citizens in the north, south, east and west: this is what we mean by harmonising progress", said Georges Dassis.
The European Economic and Social Committee which is the principal institution in Europe representing the voice of civil society will see a renewal of its membership on 21st September. During these challenging economic and social times for Europe, Member States, which are responsible for nominating the EESC members, have reinforced civil society's voice in Europe through a major renewal of the EESC's membership. According to the EU Treaty, all 350 members will be renewed every five years. This time around, 40% of the EESC members will be brand new members bringing a fresh influx of ideas and energy to the Committee, building on the extensive knowledge and experience of the renewed members.
IN THIS ISSUE: EESC calls for integrated aviation policy and warns against social dumping; EESC resolution on the current refugee crisis; Europe's Monetary Policy must have sharper focus; Family businesses. SPECIAL EDITION - EESC Renewal.