The 2nd meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform (CSP) focused on the much needed reforms in anti-corruption and energy policy and discussed the state of play in the implementation of the Association Agreement between Europe and Ukraine. The Ukrainian civil society organisations strongly called for a swift implementation of the Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), in particular, appealing to the Netherlands to support the Agreement ...
At the inaugural meeting in Kiev, on 16 and 17 April, the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform was established following a lengthy preparatory process. High-level representatives from the Ukrainian government, together with the EU Ambassador to Ukraine, were present and pointed to the importance of taking into account the voice of civil society in implementing the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.
European Passport to Active Citizenship.
The new EPTAC in 23 official languages facilitates public participation across the European Union, the world’s biggest transnational democracy, with its 28 member states, 500 regions and more than 100 000 municipalities.
Trying to change the education system? Having a problem with poisoned food products? Want to move the lorries from road to rail? Or having problems registering your company across the border? EU citizens have many rights and face hard choices – but they need to know what options they have to influence issues and in which arenas.
EESC Member Mihai Manoliu (Employers' Group) opened the exhibition So long ago in the future. Dreams for Future Odysseys. The exhibition, which is part of the EESC's Space and Society project, is a display of 50 paintings by final-year students at the Nicolae Tonitza Fine Arts High School in Bucharest, Romania. The students have used their paintings to set out their vision of space.
Despite frustration with bureaucratic hurdles, the ECI Day offered some grounds for hope
While citizens' political interest remains unchanged, many initiatives collapse right at the outset because of the amount of red tape which is not only considerable, but also differs from one Member State to another.
On 1 April 2015, the EESC members Ionut Sibian, President of the Western Balkans Follow-up Committee and Cveto Stantič, member of the Communication Group took part in the event on the independence of public service media in enlargement countries, organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
On 23-24 April 2015, the EESC will be taken over by young people and their teachers from all 28 EU countries for the sixth edition of "Your Europe, Your Say". This event will give young people a chance to see how EESC decision-making works and debate some of the key social and political issues currently faced by Europe.
This year will focus on the importance of European active citizenship, participatory democracy and European Citizens' Initiative (ECI).
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The EESC members Ionut Sibian, President of the Western Balkans Follow-up Committee and Cveto Stantič, member of the Communication Group take part in the event on the independence of public service media in enlargment countries, organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
On 26 March, the TTYPE (Track and Trace Your Pension in Europe) Consortium presented its final report on a roadmap towards creating a European pension tracking service, which was handed over to the European Commission. The conference, organised together with the EESC, discussed possible next steps towards implementing this service.
During the weekend of 28-29 March, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) as well as the Committee of the Regions (CoR) will switch off the lights at the facade of their main building, situated on Rue Belliard, as part of the worldwide "Earth Hour" initiative.
On 18 March 2015, linked to the opening of the exhibition Discover the Sami people, a Sami Delegation was received by EESC President Henri Malosse during the March Plenary Session.