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Inaugural plenary session – Term of office 2015-2020

Plenary Session - European Parliament's Paul-Henri Spaak Meeting Room – Rue Wiertz - Brussels, Belgium

Change of term of office at the EESC - Inaugural plenary session of the term of office 2015-2020.

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  • 25 Sep 2015
    Participatory democracy to the rescue of the EU project

    The European Citizens' Initiative, the European Parliament as co-legislator in the majority of EU policies, an enhanced role for national parliaments: the Lisbon Treaty has brought about many positive changes to bridge the gap between the EU and its citizens. However, the existing Treaties provide untapped opportunities which could be grasped to improve policies and strengthen the EU both internally and externally. Whether exploring deeper policy action or improving implementation, there is a wealth of policy areas and technical instruments which could be tapped. This should be the current priority for the European Union and its institutional set-up, says the European Economic and Social Committee.

  • 16 Sep 2015
    The EESC calls for immediate responsible and collective European action to address the massive arrival of refugees

    EESC resolution on the current refugee crisis

    The current unacceptable situation of asylum seekers calls for a robust strategy at EU level in cooperation with Member States, social partners and other stakeholders to immediately address the multiple issues refugees are facing.

    The ongoing humanitarian crisis endured by so many refugees is of great concern to our Committee as every day men, women and children are risking their lives to reach Europe. The scale of the current refugee crisis is unprecedented and a number of Member States are disproportionately affected by it. The challenging situation requires European Member States to show solidarity both towards people fleeing war, persecution, conflict and poverty and towards each other. Ensuring safe entry and welcoming them is the responsibility for all Member States and is part of our fundamental European values.

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  • Issue Date: September 2015
    EESC info September 2015

    IN THIS ISSUE: European Committees raise alarm on asbestos, Europe's silent killer;  Luxembourg Presidency kicks off at the EESC plenary; Is change still possible in Europe? – President Malosse launches the debate on Europe's reform; "Europe in Harmony" - a musical dialogue on Europe.

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