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4 May 2015

Public Hearing - Belgium, EESC, Brussels

The European Council mandated the four presidents – Juncker, Tusk, Dijsselbloem and Draghi – to report by June 2015 on further measures to strengthen the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and economic policy coordination. As part of its overall contribution to this on-going political debate, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising a hearing that would feed into its new own-initiative opinion on How to make better use of the community method to achieve a democratic and social EMU.

The hearing and the opinion will examine not only the barriers and risks to, but also the opportunities and benefits arising from further euro area integration. We will also take the opportunity to analyse feasible participation methods for social partners and civil society organisations, which are more than ever called upon to play an active role in the decision-making process at EU and national level.

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    2015 will be a pivotal year for development cooperation, in the EU and beyond. It is the year by which progress made to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is to be evaluated. It will also be the year in which a new, UN-led global strategy and new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the decade to come are to be defined and negotiated.


  • Public Hearing - EESC, Brussels, Belgium

    The European Council mandated the four presidents – Juncker, Tusk, Dijsselbloem and Draghi – to report by June 2015 on further measures to strengthen the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and economic policy coordination. As part of its overall contribution to this on-going political debate, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising a hearing that would feed into its new own-initiative opinion on How to make better use of the community method to achieve a democratic and social EMU.

    The hearing and the opinion will examine not only the barriers and risks to, but also the opportunities and benefits arising from further euro area integration. We will also take the opportunity to analyse feasible participation methods for social partners and civil society organisations, which are more than ever called upon to play an active role in the decision-making process at EU and national level.


  • Conference - Brussels, Belgium

    Green Infrastructure enables nature to deliver a variety of benefits to ecosystems and people, including for jobs, growth, health and quality of life. Many success cases show the value of investing in Green Infrastructure. This conference is co-organised by the European Commission (DG ENV), the EESC and the CoR in cooperation with European Parliaments intergroups.

    Commissioner Karmenu Vella will present progress in the European Commission's Green Infrastructure strategy. Members of both Committees, policy makers, businesses, civil society and authorities will contribute with their views. It will also present best practices on how local and regional authorities as well as participative planning processes can boost the social, economic and environmental benefits from Green Infrastructure to European citizens.

     


  • Improved dialogue for smart and sustainable transports
    Conference - Venue: High Court in Central Malmö, Sweden

    This conference is a step in the process of shaping the Core Network Corridors in Europe, arranged by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) together with Swedish stakeholders and in close cooperation with the European Commission (DG MOVE).

    The core network corridors are now mapped and the European Coordinators have submitted workplans with proposals for measures and actions. They highlight the importance of the use of ITS, efficient management and the promotion of future-oriented clean transport solutions. Many crucial questions concerning infrastructure and regulatory issues still need to be addressed. The conference focus mainly on the ScanMed Corridor, and dialogue between authorities and civil society aiming at the development and improvement of the corridor.


  • Festival of Europe - Open Doors Day of the European Institutions
    Brussels, Belgium

    Open Doors Day – 9 May 2015  |  The European Year for Development

    On Saturday, 9h of May, together with the other European institutions, the EESC open its doors to the public in a festive and family atmosphere. 

    For this edition the main theme will be the European Year for development

     


  • Public Hearing - EESC, JDE51 - Rue Belliard 99, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

    EU energy policy has been successful in many ways, in particular in reducing greenhouse gases emission, boosting the use of renewable energy and increasing consumer choice. Still most energy issues are dominated by national interests. Recent international political and energy developments have brought new challenges to the forefront.  Concerns over security of energy supply have become acute in some Member States. Consumers, especially the vulnerable, suffer from increased energy costs in the face of the economic downturn and industry struggles for competitiveness against lower energy prices in competing regions. In spite of great successes in the field of renewable energy, Europe is at risk of losing its frontrunner position.


  • Kaunas, Lithuania

    In the framework of the Space & Society project, the EESC and the project partners will organize six events in six different countries. The objective is to inform, network and discuss on specific thematic subjects related to EU space policy.

    Lithuania is one of the six selected countries. A conference entitled "Boosting regional success in space: the Baltic way!" will be organized on 20th May 2015 in KTU Santakos Valley, Kaunas.

     
     


  • Public Hearing - EESC, Brussels, Belgium

    The EU's own budget resources should be overhauled, giving them a new structure to take account of current economic realities. The current system for funding the EU budget is complicated and lacks clarity for the public. A high-level group on own resources chaired by Mario Monti has been formally established to this end. The Committee wants to revisit the issue of own resources and its broader ramifications, with the stress on a fair competitive environment for Europe's producers. The public hearing organised on Monday, 1 June 2015 at the EESC headquarters in Brussels will be a rare opportunity for stakeholders, politicans and civil society represetatives to discuss this highly sensitive topic.

     

     


  • Conference - Riga, Latvia

     

    The specific objective of this "Going Local" event is to focus Latvian attention on the key importance of the Digital Single Market as a driver of growth and employment. This topic has gained much political importance in the new Juncker Commission, which addresses it as one of its key priorities.