On 26 March, the TTYPE (Track and Trace Your Pension in Europe) Consortium presented its final report on a roadmap towards creating a European pension tracking service, which was handed over to the European Commission. The conference, organised together with the EESC, discussed possible next steps towards implementing this service.
With this year drawing to a close, we reflect on the problems Europeans are currently facing in Europe, including systemic difficulties such as unemployment, dwindling faith in the EU and its institutions and conflicts that are giving rise to forced migration. But the coming of the New Year also brings hope, as 2015 will begin with a new and restructured Commission, a newly formed European Parliament, and a new President of the European Council.
The good news is that the European project is very deeply rooted, being anchored in the hearts and souls of millions of our fellow citizens. But for the European Union to be able to meet people's needs and expectations, we need to see major changes, which must be embarked on without delay.
I am certain that together, we can make the difference.
I wish you very happy holidays and a good start of the New Year, full of joy!
President of the European Economic and Social Committee
The EESC has received EMAS certification for the fourth year in succession. EMAS certification - Environmental Management and Audit Scheme - assesses the environmental impact of the EESC's buildings and members of staff.
On 2 December 2014, the President of the Workers’ Group, Georges Dassis, took part to a live radio debate with Greek MEPs on the fight against corruption in the EU, broadcasted by Skaï Radio (Greece) and Euranet Plus.
This was the title of the 8th Civil Society Media Seminar the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) recently organized in Milan, from 27 to 28 November.
The high-level conference "Towards a more effective Europe 2020: civil society's proposals for boosting social inclusion and competitiveness in Europe", 4-5 December 2014 in Rome, will be an important occasion for the EESC and newly nominated European Commission to discuss the role of the organised civil society during the 2015-2020 period. It will provide an opportunity to promote the important work that is being done in the Europe 2020 Steering Committee of EESC and to bring the concrete propositions to the EU decision making level.
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.
The President of the European Economic and Social Committee Henri Malosse begins his official visit to Latvia on 11th November 2014. ...
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.
The European Economic and Social Committee President addressed a numerous assembly of citizens who came to discuss the future of Europe on the occasion of the "Journées de Bruxelles" at the Centre for Fine Arts.
The French Minister for the Economy, the European Commissioner for Competition and the Italian Secretary of State in charge of European affairs took part to that same debate targeting the issue of "Europe facing economic challenges".
♦ Lack of trust, democratic divide… What concrete levers do we have today to achieve greater proximity between political leaders and European citizens?
♦ The day after the renewal of the EU institutions (Parliament, Commission and the European Council President), what can be done to encourage citizens to take part more in the political debates in Brussels and Strasbourg?
♦By what means can the national ESCs and the European ESC, as places of dialogue between different socio-occupational categories but also citizen representation, contribute to reducing the democratic divide in Europe? Proposing answers to these key issues for the future of Europe is the ambition of this symposium.