In its own-initiative opinion, the EESC is looking at the efficiency of the efforts, funded from the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD), in tackling poverty and social exclusion in Europe – as one of the Europe 2020 strategy's most important goals.
The aim of this hearing is to collect specific observations and recommendations based on the experiences of civil society organisations with the implementation of the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) for combating poverty and social exclusion.
"Our fact-finding mission in Tibet: first conclusions and main points for the Committee's incoming Report" On the 9th of September, a Delegation of the European Economic and Social Council left to China for a fact-finding mission to Tibet, at the invitation of the Chinese Economic and Social Council. As representatives of European civil society, as well as EU consultative body working for the economic and social development, the EESC Delegation had the mission to analyse the economic and social situation in Tibet. It also explored all possible fields of cooperation and dialogue which could be developed, especially in the areas of education, access to employment, healthcare, gender equality, with the Tibetan civil society.