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.
During the weekend of 28-30 March, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) as well as the Committee of the Regions (CoR) will switch off the façade lightings of their common buildings, situated on Rue Belliard, as part of the worldwide initiative "Earth Hour".
On 25 March 2014 the President of the Workers' Group, Georges Dassis, chaired a round table on the future of the economic and monetary union. Carmelo Cedrone, EESC Member and vice-president of its ECO section, presented his book "DOVE VA L'EURO?" during this meeting.
On the picture : EESC Vice-President Jane Morrice and , Speaker of the Parliament.
Supported by the Croatian EESC members, the EESC Communication Group and communication contact points held their annual meeting in Zagreb, Croatia, on 17 -18 March. Besides members exchanging best practices in the Communication area, the meeting provided for an exchange of views with Hrvoje Marušić, Assistant Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, and Dario Baron, Assistant Minister for Labour.
International Women’s day is a moment to celebrate the progress made towards gender equality and to thank all those working tirelessly to achieve it. It is also a time to reflect on reality. The reality is that the vast majority of women are still underpaid, under-represented and under-valued throughout the world from Europe to Asia, to Africa to the Americas and beyond. This is as true on the shop floor as it is in top management. It is as true in the home as it is in in the workplace. And it is as unacceptable as it is outrageous.
Together, we need to make a difference for the sake of humankind!
The EESC has appointed Luis PLANAS PUCHADES as Secretary-General. He takes up duty on 1 March 2014.
Mr Planas was minister for agriculture, fisheries and the environment in the regional government of Andalucía (Spain) until September 2013.
The European Commission has underlined the importance of the civil society's involvement in Europe 2020 strategy:
In 2013, the EESC was particularly involved in the discussions on the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy as well as the European semester, namely through its Europe 2020 Steering Group. Many discussions were dedicated to the financial crisis and the response to it, and also unemployment, with a special focus on youth unemployment. ...
The photo exhibition created by Claudine Celva in the ONU city (located between Haine-St.Pierre and La Hestre, Belgium), shows the transformation of a series of social dormitories and accommodations built in haste to offer a home for the immigrants who came to work in the Belgian mines.
The consequence of their arrival is the construction of a true city. In a few decades this place has become a place to live and not only to survive.
The heroes of this adventure are the immigrants, their sons and theirs grand-children. They will join us during the opening to share this successful experience of integration.
The exhibition opening will take place on 26 February 2014 at 18:30 (registration required at: email@example.com).
With the demonstrations in Kiev intensifying and the world's attention focused on the situation in Ukraine, the EESC welcomed once again the face of the Maidan protests, Ruslana Lyzhychko.
Invited by the EESC President, Henri Malosse, Ruslana presented her short documentary on the reality of life at Kiev's Maidan Independence square.
She then discussed the state of civil society in Ukraine and its expectations vis-à-vis the European Union with media representatives.