At its plenary session on 21 September, the EESC agreed upon its opinion on Sustainable development: a mapping of the EU's internal and external policies. The Commission is currently carrying out an internal "mapping" exercise in order to identify those policies which already address the challenges set out by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The EESC refers in its opinion in particular to the chance such a transition will entail: The crucial political, social, economic and structural challenges the EU is facing now should not be ...
New proposal to streamline EU maritime security in a time of dire need… Can it be implemented fast enough to protect borders and save lives?
The European Economic and Social Committee is backing moves by the European Commission to boost cooperation and information exchange between various EU agencies and national bodies currently carrying out coastguard functions. But it stresses that “time is of the essence in implementing the proposed measures”.
EESC initiates discussion on food sustainability
The situation is troubling. The global population is projected to reach a staggering 9.6 billion by 2050, according to the UN. But the global food production system is struggling to feed the current population of up to 7.5 billion, with output only marginally exceeding consumption.
On 11 March Georges Dassis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, received the Head of the Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union, H.E. Ambassador Duško Lopandić.
A summary of the 9th EESC Civil Society Media Seminar, organised in late November 2015 at the EIB in Luxembourg, is now available.
The brochure contains abstracts of the three panels, reflecting the key messages in a nutshell. Furthermore, 10 main conclusions have been drawn from the contributions of speakers and participants alike.
Georges Dassis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, held a working meeting in Brussels with his counterpart Patrick Bernasconi, President of the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council.
Yesterday's seminar at the EESC’s Brussels headquarters discussed strengthening EU-Japan cooperation, dealing with the common challenge of migration and the role of civil society in implementing the EU-Japan FTA. During the seminar, aimed broadly at strengthening ties between the EU and Japan on key issues such as trade and migration, the Vice-President of the EESC Gonçalo Lobo Xavier called for a representative delegation of Japanese civil society organisations to travel to the ...
To mark International Womens' Day, Gabriele Bischoff, President of the EESC Workers' Group, launches a call to the EU to urgently deliver a new gender equality strategy. Far from being an extra "regulatory burden", equality legislation is the only way to bring about real change.
Panel discussions co-organised with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
EESC, JDE 62, 4 March 2016, from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m.
In the framework of the 152nd meeting of the Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN Section), a thematic debate will be organised on the three main thematic pillars of the TEN Section with the Institute for Energy and Transport and Institute for Prospective Technological Studies of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.
The three panel discussions will focus on Energy storage and energy security, Decarbonisation of transport - alternative fuels (biofuels, electric vehicles), alternative fuels' infrastructure, CO2 emissions and Digital Transformation of the Economy: Innovation in Education, Digital Skills and Employment implication.
Over a million migrants and asylum-seekers have arrived in the 28 EU Members States in 2015, many of which are Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis. What are the policies and measures implemented at European level to integrate them into the labour market? What is working and where are the gaps? Those were the questions tackled at the EESC Labour Market Observatory's debate entitled "Integrating refugees into the labour market: turning the crisis into an opportunity".
EESC public hearing on the revision of the ECI instrument on 22 February 2016
"Not just nice words and high ideals, but a concrete tool must be built" – this was the original idea of an instrument allowing citizens "to submit any appropriate proposal on matters where citizens consider that a legal act of the Union is required…" laid down in Article 11 of the Lisbon Treaty.