The five winners of the 2015 EESC awards for sustainable design have been awarded yesterday.
EESC member Alexander Graf von Schwerin awarded the successful projects "KNOT", "DIVA", "Thank You", "Garderobe X3" and "DRIVE 1.0" for their "Excellent Design and Sustainability".
EESC Member Mihai Manoliu (Employers' Group) opened the exhibition So long ago in the future. Dreams for Future Odysseys. The exhibition, which is part of the EESC's Space and Society project, is a display of 50 paintings by final-year students at the Nicolae Tonitza Fine Arts High School in Bucharest, Romania. The students have used their paintings to set out their vision of space.
Despite frustration with bureaucratic hurdles, the ECI Day offered some grounds for hope
While citizens' political interest remains unchanged, many initiatives collapse right at the outset because of the amount of red tape which is not only considerable, but also differs from one Member State to another.
On 1 April 2015, the EESC members Ionut Sibian, President of the Western Balkans Follow-up Committee and Cveto Stantič, member of the Communication Group took part in the event on the independence of public service media in enlargement countries, organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
On 23-24 April 2015, the EESC will be taken over by young people and their teachers from all 28 EU countries for the sixth edition of "Your Europe, Your Say". This event will give young people a chance to see how EESC decision-making works and debate some of the key social and political issues currently faced by Europe.
This year will focus on the importance of European active citizenship, participatory democracy and European Citizens' Initiative (ECI).
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The EESC members Ionut Sibian, President of the Western Balkans Follow-up Committee and Cveto Stantič, member of the Communication Group take part in the event on the independence of public service media in enlargment countries, organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
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.
During the weekend of 28-29 March, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) as well as the Committee of the Regions (CoR) will switch off the lights at the facade of their main building, situated on Rue Belliard, as part of the worldwide "Earth Hour" initiative.
On 18 March 2015, linked to the opening of the exhibition Discover the Sami people, a Sami Delegation was received by EESC President Henri Malosse during the March Plenary Session.
Interview with Professor Pekka Kauppi
2015 is a major year for climate and development policy. In the autumn, important negotiations on worldwide climate goals will take place in Paris, and 2015 is also the European Year for Development.
At the invitation of the Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment (NAT), Pekka Kauppi, Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Helsinki, has been in Brussels to talk about the importance of wood in fighting climate change.
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.