The European Citizens' Initiative, the European Parliament as co-legislator in the majority of EU policies, an enhanced role for national parliaments: the Lisbon Treaty has brought about many positive changes to bridge the gap between the EU and its citizens. However, the existing Treaties provide untapped opportunities which could be grasped to improve policies and strengthen the EU both internally and externally. Whether exploring deeper policy action or improving implementation, there is a wealth of policy areas and technical instruments which could be tapped. This should be the current priority for the European Union and its institutional set-up, says the European Economic and Social Committee.
On 2 December 2014, the President of the Workers’ Group, Georges Dassis, took part to a live radio debate with Greek MEPs on the fight against corruption in the EU, broadcasted by Skaï Radio (Greece) and Euranet Plus.
This was the title of the 8th Civil Society Media Seminar the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) recently organized in Milan, from 27 to 28 November.
The high-level conference "Towards a more effective Europe 2020: civil society's proposals for boosting social inclusion and competitiveness in Europe", 4-5 December 2014 in Rome, will be an important occasion for the EESC and newly nominated European Commission to discuss the role of the organised civil society during the 2015-2020 period. It will provide an opportunity to promote the important work that is being done in the Europe 2020 Steering Committee of EESC and to bring the concrete propositions to the EU decision making level.
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.