Following the EU summit with the participation of the Prime Minister of Ukraine, the President of the EESC, Henri Malosse, declared that he welcomes the support of the EU to the changes that are taking place in Ukraine and supports the efforts of the new government for democratic reforms. He stressed at the same time that a part of the 11 billion earmarked for financial aid by the EU should be devoted to building democratic structures, particularly structures enabling the involvement of civil society in Ukraine ...
Forseen for the plenary session of 25-26.03.2014.
"The effect of the current financial and economic crisis has put energy pricing under the spotlight because of the impact on household energy costs in the context of austerity and on industrial competitiveness of high energy prices. The importance of Market Based Instruments (MBI) is that they must both advance the transition to a resource-efficient and low carbon economy and support economic recovery. Environmental and climate policies should not be seen as a burden in the recovery from the fiscal and economic and social crisis, but rather as a part of the solution. The Committee urges the Commission to make environmental fiscal reform an integral and permanent part of the European Semester".
From 4 to 5 March - one month ahead of the EU-Africa summit in Brussels - the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), who supports and strengthens organised civil society both inside and outside the European Union, brought together representatives of employers, workers and various interest groups (specifically farmers and consumers) to discuss the most pressing issues on both sides of the Mediterranean, such as youth unemployment, food security and social protection.
Members of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and its Labour Market Observatory (LMO) have embarked on an impact study on the implementation of EU youth employment policies in a selection of six Member States (Austria, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Italy and Slovakia) – seen from the civil society perspective.
IN THIS ISSUE: European civil society stands alongside the people of Ukraine; The EESC leading the way in shaping the future for social enterprises; The EU urgently needs an industrial policy; Boosting Europe’s international cooperation capacities; New frontiers in the "war on drugs" – the need for new approaches; Marianne Muona: the EESC is about connecting people.