12th Meeting of the Europe 2020 Steering Committee - 5 April 2013 12th meeting of Europe 2020 Steering Committee discussed two major topics: the outcome of the Spring European Council (14 – 15 March 2013), focused on the European Semester and 2013 Annual Growth Survey, and the Activity report of the Europe 2020 Steering Committee for the period 2010 – 2013.
Members had lively and fruitful discussion suggesting new activities for the future work of the Steering Committee highlighting the role of the Europe 2020 Strategy.
It was an excellent occasion to discuss their latest contributions on the involvement of social partners and civil society in the 2012 European Semester.
Delegates from 8 national ESCs (Belgium, France, Greece, Spain, Italy, Romania, Finland, the Netherlands) and Ms Liina Carr, Estonian member of the Steering Committee gave a presentation on the situation of their country.
A lively debate took place. Members expressed their precise views on the content of these recommendations, touching also upon the issue of the consultation process in the drafting – at national level - of National Reform Programmes.
Other points on the agenda related to the external aspect of Europe 2020 and the contribution of trade to growth and jobs. The meeting was also an occasion to hear EESC rapporteurs presenting their work in sections ECO, SOC and REX.
23 Mar 2012
8th meeting of the Europe 2020 Steering Committee - 23 March 2012 This meeting took place in presence of representatives from Economic and Social Councils from Portugal, Belgium, Finland, Malta, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, who updated the Steering Committee on their implication in the drafting of National Reform programmes and on the preparation, by the Commission, of Country specific policy recommendations.
A lively debate took place between representatives of national ESCs about their respective implication in the European Semester. Overall, stakeholders consultation seems to progress and national Councils seem to be more intensively involved at national level.
The meeting was also an occasion to hear presentations from the European Council, the European Commission and from EESC rapporteurs on their ongoing work.
The EESC received a referral from the European Commission in order to deliver an opinion on the AGS 2012. Given the horizontal nature of the AGS, the EESC opinion was prepared by the Europe 2020 Steering Committee. Mr David Croughan was appointed rapporteur-general.
His draft opinion has been presented at the meeting of the 27 January. This meeting has also been an occasion for Members to comment on the draft opinion, in view of its adoption by the February EESC plenary, ahead of the Spring European Council.
It will be an excellent occasion to discuss their latest contributions on the 2011 Country specific recommendations endorsed by the June European Council and on the National Reform Programmes.These valuable contributions are sent by the EESC to European institutions and will form part of the next 'Integrated report' of the Europe 2020 Steering Committee, together with the opinion on 'Concluding the first European semester' (rapporteur-général Michael Smyth).
8 Nov 2011Joint meeting SOC section, ECO section, Europe 2020 Steering committee - 'Overcoming the crisis' - 8 & 9 November 2011 This joint meeting on 'Overcoming the crisis, towards a policy programme for sustainable recovery' was opened by the President Nilsson, via a video message and by Vice President Krawczyk. After statements from the Presidents of Group I, II and III, three rounds of debates followed: Round 1 – Reinforcing economic governance - chaired by the President of the ECO section Mr Michael Smyth, Round 2 – Maintaining social solidarity, chaired by Ms Leila Kurki, President of the SOC section and Round 3 – Towards sustainable growth and employment: the EU budget and the Europe 2020 Strategy, chaired by Mr Joost van Iersel, President of the Europe 2020 Steering Committee. During the two days, the EESC members could express their views and listen to contributions from external guests (European workers' organisations, Finance Watch, SOLIDAR, Businesseurope, UEAPME) and to a presentation by Mr Regling, CEO of the European Financial Stability Facility. Overall conclusions were drawn by Staffan Nilsson, President of the EESC.