On 26 February 2015, during the extraordinary meeting of the Workers' Group, Georges Dassis, current President of the Group, was designated as candidate for the EESC Presidency. During the same meeting, Gabriele Bischoff, a German trade unionist, was elected President of the Workers' Group of the EESC.
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.
At the initiative of the French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur and for the second year in a row, on 6-7 November 2014, the event “GOOD MORNING EUROPE, now or never”, a two-day event of passionate debates on the future of Europe. EESC President Henri Malosse will address the 6 November session on "Europe facing economic challenges" from 5.30 pm to 7 pm. Follow the debate live via webstreaming: • EbS +: http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/ebs/live.cfm?page=2 / • De Standaard: http://www.standaard.be/europa-livestream
On 13 October 2014 a group of EESC Members directly involved with the Committee's opinion on RPAS (remotely piloted aircraft systems; or: civilian drones) met a group of 20 Dutch RAPS stakeholders to discuss how EU policy makers can better respond to the urgent call from Member States to swiftly regulate this innovative aviation segment with a potentially huge economic impact.
During the plenary session of the EESC, President Henri Malosse together with Vice-President Jane Morrice announced the order of the winners of this year's Civil Society Prize. ETP Slovakia received the first prize for their project Building Hope, in which they teach Roma communities in Slovakia how to construct their own houses.
IQ Roma servis from the Czech Republic and Reverend Archimandrite Athinagoras Loukataris from Greece shared the 2nd prize. For more information on the winning projects, please read below.
The new European Migration Forum will ask for contribution of the civil society. Read along if your organisation is active in this area and would like to participate.
European employers call for an ambitious agreement that boosts growth and upholds the highest regulatory standards.
TTIP creates historical opportunities for European business. By reducing non-tariff barriers and harmonising the regulatory environment, Europe and US will not only create the biggest market in the world, they will also set the standards for international trade in the future. The participants in a debate organised by the Employers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee sought to identify the main opportunities and challenges that TTIP brings to Europe. The debate took place during the European Forum for New Ideas in Sopot, Poland.