The Various Interests Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organized a high-level conference on "Boosting Innovation for a Better Social Outcome" on 23 October in Milan, which was attended by over 450 participants. Speakers included Giuliano Poletti, Italian Minister of Labour and Social Policies, and the event produced a set of concrete recommendations for EU policies – the Milan Declaration – which calls for more innovation in Europe's welfare systems and for a strengthened social dimension in the EU.
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.
The President of the EESC, Henri Malosse, took the floor during the Conference on the Straits Initiative in Europe. He stressed the importance of removing barriers ...
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.
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.
IN THIS ISSUE: Immigration needs courageous and inclusive European solutions; Social dialogue at the heart of European governance; Social enterprise – A different business model?; Civil society has to be the main player in making Europe's energy greener.