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The EESC advocates for civil society and citizens at global, national and subnational levels to be fully involved in the development, review and, above all, implementation of the Paris Agreement. With the general framework agreed at the COP21 in Paris, it is now also the role of non-state actors, including civil society, to work together to implement it. The contribution of non-state actors is an absolute must if the world community is serious enough about the commitments made in Paris last year.

 

This week in Nantes, France, almost 3,000 representatives of local authorities, associations, trade unions, scientific organisations and citizens, participated in the Climate Chance Summit. This summit served to demonstrate the wide spectrum of climate action worldwide. It culminated with an adoption of a declaration of climate actors « Strengthening concrete action to bridge the gap between current commitments and the objectives of the Paris Agreement”.

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  • 30 Sep 2016
    Statement of President Dassis on the Nantes Declaration of climate actors

    The EESC advocates for civil society and citizens at global, national and subnational levels to be fully involved in the development, review and, above all, implementation of the Paris Agreement. With the general framework agreed at the COP21 in Paris, it is now also the role of non-state actors, including civil society, to work together to implement it. The contribution of non-state actors is an absolute must if the world community is serious enough about the commitments made in Paris last year.

     

    This week in Nantes, France, almost 3,000 representatives of local authorities, associations, trade unions, scientific organisations and citizens, participated in the Climate Chance Summit. This summit served to demonstrate the wide spectrum of climate action worldwide. It culminated with an adoption of a declaration of climate actors « Strengthening concrete action to bridge the gap between current commitments and the objectives of the Paris Agreement”.

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  • 29 Sep 2016
    EESC proposes steps for the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

    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 ...

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  • 29 Sep 2016
    Cordial meeting between the EESC President, Georges Dassis, and the Slovak Prime Minister, Robert Fico

    The Slovak Prime Minister, Robert Fico, stressed that he greatly appreciated the work of the European Economic and Social Committee and that he saw the Committee as an ally of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union, particularly in the area of social policy. Noting that the EU had progressed much faster with regard to economic policy than social policy, he pointed out that this was an area for development where the Committee’s expertise gave it a key role ....

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    Economics & Cohesion, Social Affairs

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    Employment, Social Policy

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  • 28 Sep 2016
    The European Cloud Initiative – Sharing innovation to boost growth

    The Commission's European Cloud Initiative aims to create a world-class data infrastructure geared to the scientific community to be used by researchers and scientists and subsequently by public services, innovative SMEs and industry, making it possible to...

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    Innovation, Research and development, Technology platforms

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    Information Society
  • 27 Sep 2016
    Applications for EESC Civil Society Prize hit all-time record!

    Applications for the EESC Civil Society Prize hit a new record this year, with 285 projects submitted by the deadline. The largest number of applicants came from Italy, followed by Austria and Germany. The number of entries for the EESC Civil Society Prize has increased steadily from its humble beginnings in 2006, when only 15 projects were entered for prizes totalling EUR 20 000. This year, EUR 50 000 will be awarded to up to 5 winners.

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    Migration, Civil Society Prize

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  • 23 Sep 2016
    "There is not enough union in this Europe": President Juncker addressed the EESC plenary

    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was warmly welcomed to the EESC Plenary by Georges Dassis, President of the EESC, who underlined the strong support of the Committee and its members to Commission President Juncker and emphasized the need for the European Union to be close to its citizens, for citizens and for more solidarity in Europe.

  • 21 Sep 2016
    TTIP talks — what are the key issues for civil society?

    With discussions for TTIP now at a critical point, the EESC has published a new opinion, ‘The position of the EESC on specific key issues of the TTIP negotiations’. The own-initiative opinion assesses some key issues of the negotiations and identifies the main considerations for European civil society. This new ...

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  • 21 Sep 2016
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    VIPs at the EESC - BEEHIVES ON THE 7th FLOOR TERRACE, Jacques Delors Building - JDE

    On 12 September 2016, and after a few years of absence, the EESC has again welcomed some VIP guests, or Very Important Pollinators. Two beehives have benn installed on the 7th floor of the JDE building. This initiative aims to raise awareness about the possibilities of urban beehives, and more globally, the vital importance to our planet of bees and pollinators and the need to halt their dramatic decline in recent years. In addition, any honey produced will be used for tastings by staff and visitors as well as gifts whenever appropriate.

  • 15 Sep 2016
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    European Pillar of Social Rights: EESC Members to lead debates across Europe

    The European Economic and Social Committee Members are organising a series of debates with representatives of civil society on the European Pillar of Social Rights. 

    The national debates  with organised civil society are taking place across Europe between September and October 2016. The debates aim to provide a platform to exchange and gather views on the most urgent social and economic challenges at national and European level, and how a European Pillar of Social Rights could contribute to addressing these.

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    Social Policy
  • 24 Aug 2016
    EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking

    Wildlife trafficking has become one of the most profitable criminal activities in the world due to strong demand and a low risk of detection. In spite of this, it still gets less attention than other types of crime and far fewer resources are invested in combating it. Therefore, in its opinion adopted at the July plenary, the EESC welcomes the Commission's proposal for an EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking. This crime is closely connected to other illegal activities of international criminal organisations, including money laundering and corruption. It also has a huge negative impact on the environment (loss of biodiversity, deforestation, potential extinction of several species, fish stock reduction) and health (contagion from new pathogens, infectious diseases).

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    Animal welfare

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