- Discussion on the priorities of the Luxembourg presidency of the Council of the EU, with Nicolas Schmit, Minister for Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy
- Discussion on the simplification of the CAP and the use of financial instruments in the rural development programme, with Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
- Review of the Latvian presidency of the Council of the EU, with Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, Parliamentary Secretary in the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Discussion on current state of play of the International climate negotiations, in conjunction with the adoption of opinion NAT/665, with Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy
The EESC supports the adoption of a legally binding agreement in Paris and strongly supports the EU's negotiating position. The Committee believes that the EU can play a leading role by demonstrating that climate policy and positive economic development go hand in hand.
A key point from the EESC’s perspective is the role of civil society in this process. A broad-based global civil society movement has emerged that is now calling for rigorous climate protection efforts. Agreements must meet with broad public approval and support from businesses, trade unions and other groups of civil society.
Civil society has a key role in monitoring what governments do, and is best placed to put pressure on policy makers to ensure they honour their commitments. Secondly, civil society will be instrumental in the actual implementation of the agreement on the ground. And thirdly, civil society partners can share good practices, disseminate knowledge and push for the adoption of new green technologies.
In order to ensure broad support and to encourage implementation "from below", the EESC recommends that the Commission, the Council and the European Parliament (EP) engage in intensive and structured dialogue.
On 30 June, Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, met with the Bureau of the European Economic and Social Committee.
After a bilateral meeting with the EESC president, he had an open and constructive dialogue with EESC Bureau Members on the Commissions' initiative on "Better Regulation".
President Malosse was invited by the French channel LCI, the 30th of June, to discuss the Greek situation. There he mentioned that the Greek people were shocked to have been forced to appeal to the International Monetary Fund while their country was part of the euro zone. For President Malosse, there is no doubt that this situation is due to the fact that "the euro zone is not completed and did therefore not have the solidarity mechanisms necessary to face the crisis. "...
On 30th June, the EESC organised the 2nd joint EU-Russia Civil Society Forum meeting. Opening speech by Mr Henri Malosse, EESC president:
I am delighted at the increased contact with Russian civil society. In the past we have had regular meetings with the Russian Civic Chamber, but we were well aware of the need to ...
IN THIS ISSUE: 'Europe in harmony' - Top three winners selected in EESC video challenge; The Luxembourg presidency : "Genuinely listening to civil society is a prerequisite for a more vibrant European democracy"; Migration: European solidarity stress test; Agricultural trade and global food security.