Following the first European Rural Parliament, the Croatian Rural Development Network (HMRR), with the support of the EESC, will organise in Baranja the 1st Croatian Rural Parliament
The event will gather representative of rural communities from all over the country to discuss possibilities and prospects for development in Croatian rural areas and to see how they can make an impact on the policies shaping their lives.
At the inaugural meeting in Kiev, on 16 and 17 April, the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform was established following a lengthy preparatory process. High-level representatives from the Ukrainian government, together with the EU Ambassador to Ukraine, were present and pointed to the importance of taking into account the voice of civil society in implementing the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.
EESC Member Mihai Manoliu (Employers' Group) opened the exhibition So long ago in the future. Dreams for Future Odysseys. The exhibition, which is part of the EESC's Space and Society project, is a display of 50 paintings by final-year students at the Nicolae Tonitza Fine Arts High School in Bucharest, Romania. The students have used their paintings to set out their vision of space.
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.