Social entrepreneurs: Have Your Say!Strasbourg, France The European Economic and Social Committee, the European Commission and the City of Strasbourg are launching a major European event on Social entrepreneurship.
This event will take place in Strasbourg, on January 16th and 17th 2014, in an interactive way. Its aim will be to widely disseminate information and knowledge of what has taken place so far and to inspire European participants to take further the initiatives and actions in which they are involved.
Innovation Investment Package - Future PerspectivePublic Hearing -
EESC - Room JDE 62 - Brussels, Belgium The aim of this public hearing is to discuss the revised preliminary draft EESC opinion on the Commission’s package (COM(2013) 493, 495, 496, 497, 498, 500, 501,503,505, 506), as well as to hear the view of stakeholders and interested parties, especially from the industry, businesses, SME and social sectors perspective.
Collaborative or participative consumption: a sustainable model for the 21st centuryPublic Hearing -
EESC, Rue Belliard, 99 - 1040 Brussels, Belgium The EESC organized a public hearing on collaborative or participative consumption on 25 September 2013.
The aim of this hearing was to gather stakeholders active in the field of collaborative or participative consumption and enable them to present their observations, concerns and expectations related to this phenomenon. Those contributions will feed the EESC's opinion on this topic which is currently under preparation.
Malta in the Single Market – Your ideas to change it!St. Julians, Malta The Single Market Observatory organised a hearing to accompany Commissioner Barnier's initiative to relaunch the European Single Market and to take stock of Maltese civil society views on the Single Market in connection with the start of the Single Market Month, which the European Union is organising from 23 September to 23 October.
Food for citizensFrom a common agricultural policy to a common food policy Conference -
Vilnius, Lithuania After the horse meat scandal, mad cow disease, swine flu and E.Coli cases in cucumbers, the question remains: is food safety chimera or reality in Europe?
On 21 June 2013, Vilnius brought together decision makers, experts, consumers and representatives from the food and agriculture sector to analyse the state of food-related issues and propose solutions to current problems.
Towards legal, safe and regulated online gambling: utopia or reality?Brussels, Belgium The Section for Single Market, Production and Consumption of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has organised a Public Hearing "Towards legal, safe and regulated online gambling: utopia or reality?" in the context of drafting the opinion on the Commission Communication on "Towards a comprehensive European framework for online gambling [COM(2012) 596 final]" on 9 April 2013.
European Consumer Day 2013Conference -
Brussels, Belgium The 15th edition of the European Consumer Day was held on 14 March 2013 at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels. This time discussion centered around product safety and market surveillance.
Safety is a must, but the level is a choice - how much safety do we actually need? Who really pays the price of a product safety? Are existing standards sufficient to guarantee quality and safety of products? How can we improve market surveillance cooperation and coordination?
Those and many other questions were addressed by the high-level speakers in the panel debates. Stakeholders from across the EU had a chance to exchange their views and have their voice heard in the heart of Europe.
Digital public procurement in an integrated Single MarketPublic Hearing -
Dublin, Ireland Public hearing organised by the Single Market Observatory (SMO) of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 11 March 2013 from 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Eurofound premises, Wyattville Road, Loughlinstown , Dublin 18.
Facing SMEs Financing Challenges in Turbulent TimesConference -
EESC, Rue Belliard 99, 1040 Brussels (JDE 62), Belgium The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the International Confederation of Popular Banks (CIBP), the European Association of Co-operative Banks and UEAPME will be organizing a conference on Access to finance for SMEs in Brussels on 8 March 2013.
As pointed out in the EESC opinion on the "Action Plan on Access to finance for SMEs" adopted in September 2012, the financial crisis has halved Europe’s growth potential. Many investment plans, talents and ideas risk not being realized because of uncertainty, sluggish demand and lack of funding.