"Respecting people's right to self-determination, as well as their right to retain their identity, language and culture, is an integral part of the fundamental guarantees upon which Europe has been built. Having played an active part in the European venture for many years, it has become a matter of genuine personal commitment for me, because I believe that our very strength comes from having built up a form of unity which embraces our differences. For this reason it is a very special honour for me to have been invited by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the ...
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".
International Women’s day is a moment to celebrate the progress made towards gender equality and to thank all those working tirelessly to achieve it. It is also a time to reflect on reality. The reality is that the vast majority of women are still underpaid, under-represented and under-valued throughout the world from Europe to Asia, to Africa to the Americas and beyond. This is as true on the shop floor as it is in top management. It is as true in the home as it is in in the workplace. And it is as unacceptable as it is outrageous.
Together, we need to make a difference for the sake of humankind!
The new Ambassador of China to the EU, Yanyi Yang, met the EESC President Henri Malosse, Jane Morrice, the EESC vice-president for Communication and Alexander Graf von Schwerin, President of China-EU Contact Group of the EESC, on 5 March 2014. After a previous meeting with Henri Malosse on the occasion of her assumption of office, her Excellency was very interested in having a longer exchange and discovered, at the same time, the work of the Committee ...
The EESC has appointed Luis PLANAS PUCHADES as Secretary-General. He takes up duty on 1 March 2014.
Mr Planas was minister for agriculture, fisheries and the environment in the regional government of Andalucía (Spain) until September 2013.
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.