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.
(English version available soon) A l'occasion de la réunion ministérielle qui s'est tenue sur le Partenariat Oriental ce mardi 22 juillet, le président du Comité économique et social européen, Henri Malosse, a pris la parole devant l'assemblée.
Mesdames et Messieurs,
N'ayons pas de doute : la perspective européenne doit unir et non pas diviser. Certes, je me félicite que les trois pays aient signé de nouveaux Accords d'Association, mais je ne puis que regretter profondément le prix que l'Europe toute entière, et les Européens, paient pour cela.
A study entitled Priorities, challenges and prospects for civil society involvement in the Europe 2020 strategy beyond 2015 – Case study of four Member States (BE, FR, IT, NL) was done by Andrea Bellagamba, legal adviser at the Conseil National du Travail, to add value to the package of documents which Europe 2020 Steering Committee will prepare for the mid-term review of the 2020 Strategy along with an opinion on the Commission Communication Taking stock of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth COM(2014) 130 final, Project on the Mid-term review of Europe 2020 Strategy Report and Sections, Observatories, CCMI and Liaison group contributions towards Europe 2020 mid-term review.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) presents the EESC European Award for Excellent Design and Sustainability in cooperation with the LifeCare Initiative.
A summary of the discussion organised by the Employers' Group
The climate change challenge, diversifying energy resoures and boosting R&D - these are the three main issues concerning energy policy that have emerged from the conference "Europe's Energy Policy - a business perspective for 2030" that took place on 27 June in Aberdeen Scotland
At the invitation of EESC president Henri Malosse, Mr Henryk Wujec, a former member of Solidarność (Solidarity), spoke before the 499th plenary session to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first legislative elections in Poland.
The EESC is saddened to hear of the devastating floods which killed at least 49 persons and have caused widespread damages in large parts of Bosnia-and-Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia. More than 85,000 people have been evacuated and more than 500,000 are affected in those countries.
As voice of civil society in Europe, the EESC wants to express its sincere condolences to the families of the victims hit by this terrible natural disaster..
The EESC expresses its satisfaction that the EU and its Member States are working closely with the national authorities, supporting coordination and assessment efforts and providing aid and emergency supplies.
However, the EESC calls for a rapid deployment of the EU Solidarity Fund, to provide relief to the citizens affected by this natural disaster in the three countries and help reconstruction.
On 28 May, the EPTA project team will hold its final conference entitled “Public Transport Authority – a key factor leading to transport sustainability. Lessons learnt, impacts, and commitments“. The conference will be co-organized with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). The programme includes a morning session focusing on experience and lessons from the work during the EPTA project and from participating EPTA cities.
On Saturday, 17th of May, together with the other European institutions, the EESC opened its doors to the public, receiving about 2.580 visitors.
The coal mine disaster in Soma, Turkey, has reached an alarming scale as more than two hundred miners were killed from carbon monoxide fumes produced by the fire that was the cause of the accident. Moreover, the situation of the workers still trapped in the mine is extremely worrying.
At a time when EU citizens' trust in the European Union has reached an all-time low of 31% and concerns about unemployment and the economic situation dominate the public debate, it is essential to provide a response which is not nationalism or populism but European action.
At its Plenary Session held on 29 and 30 April 2014, the European Economic and Social Committee adopted an "Action Plan for Europe" which is practical and accessible (142 votes in favour, 96 against and 12 abstentions). The tangible steps and proposals contained in the action plan are based on three pillars which address the shortcomings of the European Union as it currently operates: