Meeting with the French President, François HollandeHenri Malosse, President of the EESC, welcomed François Hollande, President of France, during the Donor's conference for the development of Mali. Youth employment and the EESC's concrete proposals were at the heart of the discussions and sharing of findings between the two Presidents.
President Malosse said he was very satisfied with the meeting: "President Hollande seemed to share our observation that we need to be convincing on our capacity to find answers to our citizens' expectations."
This was the first meeting of the two Presidents. The EESC President also welcomed the European Council's President, Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.
Kick off Donors' conference for MaliHenri Malosse, European Economic and Social Committee, has just opened the Mali donors' conference for development in Mali that meets 80 countries and 10 Heads of State.
Discours d’ouverture de Mr. Henri Malosse, Président du CESE Lors de la Conférence des Donateurs pour le Développement du Mali
Penalty for the SNCM an inconsistent decision, says EESC President Henri MalosseMr Malosse has called for the president of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, to ensure greater consistency among European policies, following the announcement that a penalty will be imposed on the Société Nationale Maritime Corse-Méditerranée (SNCM). He pointed out that a decision like this will affect not only a business, but also more than 1 400 direct employees and hundreds of indirect jobs and would further widen the gulf with the European public.
Gender balance on company boards: Madi Sharma presents the EESC's workOn 7 March 2013, Ms Madi Sharma, EESC Employers' Group member, marked the International Women's Day 8 March 2013 by speaking on the topics: women's participation on company boards, female entrepreneurs, and social enterprises and valuing human capital. Ms Sharma is rapporteur on the opinions: "Gender balance on company boards", SOC/475, and "Creativity and entrepreneurship: mechanisms for climbing out of the crisis", INT/519.
She presented the Committee's work on these issues during two events, the first held by EWMD Frankfurt (European Women’s Management Development International Network), and the second, a seminar for the female employees of Accenture Austria, Germany and Switzerland. During the presentation, Madi Sharma touched on the role of women as leaders, emancipation, creativity and entrepreneurship, as well as Corporate Social Responsibility's (CSR) value to society.
Gender balance on company boards: Madi Sharma presents the EESC's work
Euromed: Civil society gathered in Marseille at the Anna Lindh ForumOn 5-7 April the EESC President Staffan Nilsson attended the Anna Lindh Forum 2013 in Marseille. The Forum represents the largest civil society gathering since the Arab uprisings, with over 1000 people expected to come to Marseille to share a road map for the promotion of intercultural dialogue and citizenship in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
Visit of Mr van Iersel to the Spanish Economic and Social CouncilOn March 15th Mr van Iersel paid a visit to the Spanish Economic and Social Council (ESC) in his capacity as chairman of the Steering committee. He was kindly received, first by Mr Gonzalez de Lena, director of the Cabinet of the President of the ESC and Ms Margarita Bravo Torres, director for International Affairs, followed by a discussion with the President of the ESC, Mr Marcos Peña Pinto, and representatives of the social partners, including the agricultural sector. Mr van Iersel made clear that the role of the EESC in the framework of Europe 2020 is primarily to channel views of national civil society to the Commission in addition to the information the Commission gets from the governments. The EESC is also a platform for exchange of views between national organisations. The President of the Spanish Council qualified its position as explicitly pro-European.
Visit of Mr van Iersel to the Hungarian Economic and Social CouncilOn February 15th Mr van Iersel paid a visit to the Hungarian Economic and Social Council (ESC) in his capacity as chairman of the Steering committee. He was kindly received by Dr. Latorcai Csaba, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Human Resources, responsible for relations with the churches, minorities and social partners, and President of the ESC. Europe 2020 is an important theme. Engagement of the organisations is needed in order to commit all layers of society in the process of modernisation. To that end innovative ideas that can be brought forward by all participants, are being discussed while the social partners are consulted systematically on new bills, resulting in an ongoing social dialogue between the social partners and the various ministries, depending on the issues. The NRP is a very welcome opportunity to assess various processes in which all parties are taking part.
Happy International Women’s Day!International Women’s Day is a good opportunity to reiterate the call for more progress on gender equality in Europe and in the world. In Europe we still have a lot of work to do in this area. In a range of opinions on gender equality, the EESC has pointed out that women’s involvement in all aspects of public, economic and social life is the key to boosting economic growth and securing social justice.