On 23-24 April 2015, the EESC will be taken over by young people and their teachers from all 28 EU countries for the sixth edition of "Your Europe, Your Say". This event will give young people a chance to see how EESC decision-making works and debate some of the key social and political issues currently faced by Europe.
This year will focus on the importance of European active citizenship, participatory democracy and European Citizens' Initiative (ECI).
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The EESC members Ionut Sibian, President of the Western Balkans Follow-up Committee and Cveto Stantič, member of the Communication Group take part in the event on the independence of public service media in enlargment countries, organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
In honor of the European Year of Development, President Malosse hold a speech on March 20, 2015 , in which he recalls the responsibility of the EESC in the EU development policy.
The European economic governance rules, conceived in crisis, played an important role in fiscal consolidation and economic policy coordination, but the cost was high in terms of growth and employment. The quantitative easing measures now being embarked upon by the European Central Bank need to be matched by greater political initiatives by the Member States. In the review of the Multiannual Financial Framework in 2016, there is a need to back urgent structural reforms of common EU interest with some form of fiscal capacity. A reasonable deviation from the 3% deficit parameter should be considered as a temporary exception for a given number of years and not be automatically liable to sanctions. A lack of implementation of country-specific recommendations (CSRs) could be countered by real involvement of civil society and the social partners in drawing up CSRs.
IN THIS ISSUE: President Jean-Claude Juncker at the EESC plenary session: the European Commission and the EESC, working hand in hand to deliver solutions for Europe; Time for action - reviewed 2020 strategy needs to be implemented; Cooperative and savings banks: another essential way of doing business; Good farming – good environment – good food – good health – good life.