On Thursday 23 October 2014, the Various Interests Group of the European Economic and Social Committee is co-organising a major conference, in partnership with the CARIPLO Foundation and the Consumer's Forum of the ANIA (National Association of Insurance Companies). The venue is the prestigeous Centro Congressi Fondazione Cariplo, Via Romagnosi, 8 - 20121 Milan and the conference will take place from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The main objective of the event is to inject more momentum into the process launched by the European Council of December 2012 to boost EU Policy on Social Innovation. The event will provide a platform for dynamic dialogue between key private and public stakeholders from financial institutions, insurance firms, foundations, third sector organisations as well as European and national public authorities. The intention is to bring together all the elements and the people needed to draft a final declaration that will be submitted to the Italian Presidency and to the EU Institutions at the beginning of the new European legislative period.
This opinion aims at exploring the obstacles to overcome and the conditions for developing quality services for the family in order to create decent and attractive jobs.
Previous work on the professionalisation of domestic work and on a family policy that tackles the challenge of demographic change need to be continued and updated by: revealing and describing the nature of the obstacles currently blocking the development and professionalisation of these jobs which; and making known positive experiences and good practices being implemented today in a number of Member States and major companies.
On 13 October 2014 a group of EESC Members directly involved with the Committee's opinion on RPAS (remotely piloted aircraft systems; or: civilian drones) met a group of 20 Dutch RAPS stakeholders to discuss how EU policy makers can better respond to the urgent call from Member States to swiftly regulate this innovative aviation segment with a potentially huge economic impact.
The EESC President, Henri Malosse, and the Commissioner for health, Tonio Borg, were received by Jef Colruyt, the Delegated Director of the Colruyt group, in the Colruyt shop in Halle to exchange on the fight against food waste. The EESC is implementing the project on Food waste ...
During the plenary session of the EESC, President Henri Malosse together with Vice-President Jane Morrice announced the order of the winners of this year's Civil Society Prize. ETP Slovakia received the first prize for their project Building Hope, in which they teach Roma communities in Slovakia how to construct their own houses.
IQ Roma servis from the Czech Republic and Reverend Archimandrite Athinagoras Loukataris from Greece shared the 2nd prize. For more information on the winning projects, please read below.
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