In the framework of its Social Enterprise project (aimed at handing over policy recommendations to the next Commission and the next Parliament), the EESC is organising a Public Hearing on 3 September from 9.00 am till 1.00 pm. This hearing will gather stakeholders from the European institutions and the civil society to discuss this issue.
Georges Dassis, president of the Workers' Group, considers that the Greek presidency of the European Union has demonstrated clearly that despite its economic and financial troubles, Greece has been up to the challenge. ...
On 25 July, the president, Mr Malosse, met André Azoulay, president of the Anna Lindh Foundation and senior adviser to His Majesty Mohammed VI...
On 23 July, Mr. Van Iersel, President of the ECO section, and Mr. Fornea, Member of the EESC, took part to a lively radio debate at the European Parliament. They discussed about the challenges ahead for the EU Cohesion policy reform and about ways to increase citizens' quality of life though regional action.
"Member States cannot face the challenges brought by immigration alone. There is a need for a greater solidarity to ensure that no Member State is facing a disproportionate amount of pressure due to its geographical situation. A common policy on immigration and integration is needed to benefit from migratory fluxes."
Panagiotis Gkofas, rapporteur on 'European immigration policy and relations with third countries'
"Europe must manage its immigration policy in collaboration with third countries. European external borders are common borders. Solidarity must be strengthened to welcome new refugees and protect the human rights of immigrants."
Luis Miguel Pariza Castanos, co-rapporteur on 'European immigration policy and relations with third countries'
IN THIS ISSUE: European voters deliver ‘final warning’; Italian Presidency looks for practical answers to citizens’ needs; The EU's energy and climate policy has to be realigned – binding targets are crucial; Roman Haken: communicating Europe together with other institutions at the local level.