The Cotonou Agreement gives mandate to the EESC to keep a dialogue with ACP economic and social interest groups.
Within this framework, the EESC organises a seminar in a different ACP region every year in order to better tackle the specificities of that region and its relations with the EU. To date, thirteen regional seminars have been organised.
The next regional seminar will be held in Cameroon.
Sport helps meet the EU’s strategic objectives, brings to the fore key educational and cultural values and is a conduit of integration, since it is open to all members of the public, regardless of their gender, ethnic origin, religion, age, nationality, social situation or sexual orientation. Sport is a tool to tackle intolerance, xenophobia and racism. The principle of good governance and sound management should ensure integrity in sporting competitions.
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 ...
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