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
Objectives of the event: to present two EESC opinions on the topic, to propose a concrete action plan with a view to foster more ecologic, economic, environmental and user friendly consumption patterns among consumers and to evaluate the impact of the EESC opinion on built-on obsolescence, to evaluate the tangible results of consumer awareness raising and to see and to discuss modalities and best practices of product labelling that includes information on expected product lifetimes.
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.