On 15 April 2014, Henri Malosse, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, received Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman. The first meeting between the two was held in the context of the EESC's event entitled "European Citizens' Initiative Day 2014: Building up success". Mr Malosse expressed his commitment to bridging the gap between European citizens and the European institutions ...
The EESC considers that there is an enormous need for a social investment package to counter poverty and promote employment. Implementing such a package requires:
- creating an investment programme amounting to 2% of GDP;
- identifying new sources of revenue;
- including social investments in the Europe 2020 Strategy and the European Semester;
- considering excluding social investments from the calculation of net government deficits; and
- finding the right tools to measure the effects of such investments
An overwhelming number of ECI campaigners and stakeholders from various institutions and organisations met at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) to discuss the lessons learned so far and to draw up a list of recommendations to make this instrument for direct democracy more effective and user-friendly.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is announcing the launch of its sixth EESC Civil Society Prize, worth a total of EUR 30,000. This year's prize will be awarded to initiatives aimed at Roma integration.
All civil society organisations and/or individuals who have carried out projects that improve the economic and social inclusion of Roma are invited to enter this competition.
IN THIS ISSUE: Minimum income – a basic human right. Interview with Georges Dassis, president of the EESC Workers' Group; Poverty, inequality and environmental degradation can only be tackled through a joint effort; Annual Growth Survey in the spotlight. Interview with Evelyne Pichenot; Indrė Vareikytė: for me, culture is a very important communication tool.