At its latest Bureau meeting, the European Economic and Social Committee unanimously adopted its contribution to the European Commission's 2015 work programme. This 15-page document is full of very specific proposals and suggestions for improvement, and clearly sets out the areas where civil society expects the new team heading the Commission to be active in the coming year.
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.
Georges Dassis, President of the Workers' Group of the EESC, and Marcos Peña, President of the Spanish ESC, met in Madrid, on Friday 21 November 2014.
Our annual online video competition is a way of creating greater understanding between the different peoples of Europe and promoting appreciation of our rich cultural diversity. This year, we are giving it a musical twist and inviting amateur video-makers, choirs and singing groups from all 28 EU Member States to share their video-making virtuosity and singing talent.
It is with infinite sadness that we have learned that our colleague and friend Tony Vandeputte has died at the age of 68 years.
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