The Cotonou Agreement gives mandate to the EESC to keep a dialogue with ACP economic and social interest groups. Within this framework, every three years the EESC organises a general meeting in Brussels bringing together representatives from all ACP countries. This is the most important EESC activity in relation to ACP countries.
The 27th Meeting of ACP-EU Economic and Social Interest Groups will take place from 29 to 31 October 2014 at the EESC headquarters, located at 99 rue Belliardstraat, 1040 Brussels, Belgium.
The main topics on the agenda will be the trade relations between the ACP countries and the EU, the sustainable development goals and the post-2015 agenda, as well as the role of the private sector in development cooperation.
The EESC maintains longstanding relations with ACP countries. The Cotonou Agreement on relations between African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and European Union (EU) countries mandates the EESC to promote dialogue between economic and social players in EU and ACP countries.
Against this backdrop, the 27th meeting will bring together some 160 participants – including representatives of economic and social partners from the 78 ACP countries – in order to gather their views on the above-mentioned topics. Representatives of Economic and Social Councils of ACP and European countries, representatives of EU and ACP institutions, international socio-professional organizations (employers, trade unions, farmers, consumers) and NGOs will also be invited. The conclusions of the meeting will be sent to political bodies and the main EU and ACP partners.
This opinion aims at exploring the obstacles to overcome and the conditions for developing quality services for the family in order to create decent and attractive jobs.
Previous work on the professionalisation of domestic work and on a family policy that tackles the challenge of demographic change need to be continued and updated by: revealing and describing the nature of the obstacles currently blocking the development and professionalisation of these jobs which; and making known positive experiences and good practices being implemented today in a number of Member States and major companies.
On Wednesday, Henri Malosse participated in a debate in Paris with the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Region of Nord de la France, with MPs, senators and experts. The EESC President recalled the three challenges that Europe faced in ...
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During the plenary session of the EESC, President Henri Malosse together with Vice-President Jane Morrice announced the order of the winners of this year's Civil Society Prize. ETP Slovakia received the first prize for their project Building Hope, in which they teach Roma communities in Slovakia how to construct their own houses.
IQ Roma servis from the Czech Republic and Reverend Archimandrite Athinagoras Loukataris from Greece shared the 2nd prize. For more information on the winning projects, please read below.
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