European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was warmly welcomed to the EESC Plenary by Georges Dassis, President of the EESC, who underlined the strong support of the Committee and its members to Commission President Juncker and emphasized the need for the European Union to be close to its citizens, for citizens and for more solidarity in Europe.
The latest issue of the newsletter of the Association of former EESC members is online. 28 pages full of information and ideas, including Luca Jahier's reflections on Brexit, an exclusive interview with the Slovak RP, a simulation game to publicise the EESC's activities and the recollection of a visit paid by EESC members to King Baudouin...
On June 20-21, the Various Interests' Group organised a conference entitled: 'A hope for Europe! Culture, cities and new narratives', organised in partnership with Bozar and the Education and Culture Committee of the European Parliament. The conference welcomed over 200 participants and emphasized the enormous potential culture has for ...
Today, the UN World Refugee Day calls for solidarity with the nearly 60 million people who are displaced worldwide. Last year, over one million arrived in Europe seeking safety, more than half of them fleeing from war in Syria. Civil society played a key role in the response to the crisis and its contribution is essential for a successful integration of asylum seekers.
To acknowledge this effort, the 2016 Civil Society Prize will go to projects delivering concrete help to these displaced persons. As in previous editions, the award has a total value of 50 000 euros that may be shared between up to five winners. And this year, candidates are to apply directly via email until the 9 of September. Check all the details here!
Today Brenda King, president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)'s Sustainable Development Observatory (SDO) presented the EESC's recently adopted opinion A European Sustainable Development Civil Society Forum to a meeting of the Council of the EU gathering together three preparatory bodies - the Working Party on International Environmental Issues, the UN Working Party and the Working Party on Development Cooperation. The main focus of the meeting was the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
EESC panel at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn
For the first time, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organised a panel at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum (DW GMF) from 13 to 15 June in Bonn which attracts around 2000 attendees each year, amongst which 600 journalists from all over the world. The panel "Migration, a story of two worlds, featured Suhrab Balkhi and Prince Wale Soniyiki, two refugees from Afghanistan and Nigeria respectively; Mona Hemmer, a civil society representative from Finland, whose village hosted 100 refugees and Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, the chief-editor of the Austrian newspaper Der Standard. Michael Meyer, former award-winning correspondent for Newsweek, communication director for Ban Ki-mon and founding dean of the AKU graduate School of Media and Communications in Nairobi moderated the panel on 15 June.
The EESC organised a conference in cooperation with the future Slovak Presidency of the EU Council and the active participation of the Slovak EESC Members, in Bratislava on 14th June 2016. Held in the context of a meeting of the EESC bureau, the conference aimed to launch a close cooperation between the EESC and the Slovak Presidency of the EU Council. The topic "Impact of technological change on the social security system and labour law" was requested by the Presidency, indicating its focus, among others, on the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Slovak Minister, Ján Richter said ...
On Friday 10 June, the President of the European Economic and Social Committee, Georges Dassis, has been received by the French President at the Élysée Palace. Along with nine other signatories including fellow EESC Member from the Employers' Group, Philippe de Buck, he has promoted the Appeal of 9 May for a European renaissance.
The functional economy and how it works in practice was discussed at a public hearing, organised on the 8th June by the European Economic and Social Committee. The focus is on the function of the product rather than on the product itself - the functional economy considers how the product can be used most efficiently. "The concept of the functional economy has to be well-defined. We also have to explore the effect it will have on the creation of jobs and the advantages of a long lasting product which can be used by more than one consumer", said the EESC Rapporteur Thierry Libaert in his opening speech.
The Exploratory opinion on "More sustainable food systems" (Rapporteur: Mindaugas Maciulevičius), requested by the Netherlands presidency of the EU, was adopted by the EESC at its plenary session on 26 May 2016. The opinion calls for the development of a comprehensive food policy in the EU and for an ...
President Dassis calls for more commitment in Europe
"The most remarkable aspect of this new global agenda is that in a world where tensions, national egotism and conflict are on the rise, world leaders have reached agreement on a common vision and a roadmap that addresses the major global challenges of our times: ending poverty and ensure the well-being and respect for human rights, peace and the protection of our planet", said President Georges Dassis at the "How to make SDGs Europe's business" conference - a high-level discussion on the implementation of the UN2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development organised by the EESC in collaboration with the Dutch Foreign Ministry, the Sustainable Development Goals Charter and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network from 30th to 31st May in the EESC premises in Brussels.