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.
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:
Congratulations to the EU and the 10 countries for the 10 years!
On 4 April 2014, the members of the Workers' Group of the EESC took part in a demonstration organised by the European Trade Union Confederation in Brussels. They joined several thousand demonstrators who were calling for a new path for Europe that favours equality and investments aiming at sustainable growth and quality jobs. Ahead of the upcoming European elections on the 25th of May, they called for citizens to vote for candidates who will change the way the EU is governed and who share the vision of a prosperous and socially inclusive Europe.
On 26 and 27 March 2014 an amazing youth event took place in Brussels. 84 students from the 28 EU Member States travelled across Europe to come to the EESC to have their say.
They debated passionately 14 initiatives for a better EU, in order to identify the Top 5, which were voted in the youth plenary session.