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On 30 June, Pierre-Jean Coulon, President of the Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society of the European Economic and Social Committee (profile), participated in the seminar on "The role of electricity networks in the energy transition" at the French Senate in Paris.

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  • 30 Jun 2016
    TEN President at the seminar on "The role of electricity networks in the energy transition" at the French Senate on 30 June

    On 30 June, Pierre-Jean Coulon, President of the Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society of the European Economic and Social Committee (profile), participated in the seminar on "The role of electricity networks in the energy transition" at the French Senate in Paris.

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  • 29 Jun 2016
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    Rising stars of the Energy Union? Energy Prosumers in Europe

    Experts from politics and civil society gathered at the public hearing organised by the European Economic and Social Committee to discuss the current situation of prosumers in the EU and the opportunities and challenges that they are currently facing.

    "Consumers, households and businesses will play an important role in the Energy Market by becoming consumers and producers at the same time", said in his keynote speech Tomasz Husak, Head of Cabinet of the Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska.

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  • 23 Jun 2016
    Should Energy become a chapter in the TTIP?

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organized a seminar in Brussels this week entitled: "Do we need an Energy chapter in the TTIP?" as one of the initiatives integrated in the monitoring work of the Transatlantic Relations Follow-Up Committee, chaired by its President, Mr. Jacek Krawczyk, also President of the EESC Employers' Group.

    The main objective of the seminar was to assess together with other civil society stakeholders the need to include in the negotiations a chapter on energy and raw materials, subject which is still not prominently discussed in the talks for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) after already three year of negotiations.

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  • 22 Jun 2016
    Screening «'Fire at Sea' » : Lampedusa and the European migrant crisis

    On 21st June 2016 the European Economic and Social Committee, in cooperation with the United Nations, the International Organization for Migration and the Italian cultural institute in Brussels, organised the screening of 'Fire at Sea' ('Fuocoammare'), the award winning film-documentary set on the island of Lampedusa, a frontline in the European migrant crisis.

  • 22 Jun 2016
    CONNECT, a link with our former members

    The latest issue of the newsletter of the Association of former EESC members is online. 28 pages full of information and ideas, including Luca Jahier's reflections on Brexit, an exclusive interview with the Slovak RP, a simulation game to publicise the EESC's activities and the recollection of a visit paid by EESC members to King Baudouin...

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  • 21 Jun 2016
    "A hope for Europe! Culture, cities and new narratives": Culture as the 4th Pillar of Sustainable Development.

    On June 20-21, the Various Interests' Group organised a conference entitled: 'A hope for Europe! Culture, cities and new narratives', organised in partnership with Bozar and the Education and Culture Committee of the European Parliament. The conference welcomed over 200 participants and emphasized the enormous potential culture has for ...

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  • 20 Jun 2016
    World Refugee Day: 2016 Civil Society Prize rewards actions supporting migrants

    Today, the UN World Refugee Day calls for solidarity with the nearly 60 million people who are displaced worldwide. Last year, over one million arrived in Europe seeking safety, more than half of them fleeing from war in Syria. Civil society played a key role in the response to the crisis and its contribution is essential for a successful integration of asylum seekers.

    To acknowledge this effort, the 2016 Civil Society Prize will go to projects delivering concrete help to these displaced persons. As in previous editions, the award has a total value of 50 000 euros that may be shared between up to five winners. And this year, candidates are to apply directly via email until the 9 of September. Check all the details here!

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  • 17 Jun 2016
    EESC opinion on Sustainable Development Forum presented to the EU Council

    Today Brenda King, president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)'s Sustainable Development Observatory (SDO) presented the EESC's recently adopted opinion A European Sustainable Development Civil Society Forum to a meeting of the Council of the EU gathering together three preparatory bodies - the Working Party on International Environmental Issues, the UN Working Party and the Working Party on Development Cooperation. The main focus of the meeting was the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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  • 17 Jun 2016
    Migration, a story of two worlds

    EESC panel at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn

    For the first time, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organised a panel at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum (DW GMF) from 13 to 15 June in Bonn which attracts around 2000 attendees each year, amongst which 600 journalists from all over the world. The panel "Migration, a story of two worlds, featured Suhrab Balkhi and Prince Wale Soniyiki, two refugees from Afghanistan and Nigeria respectively; Mona Hemmer, a civil society representative from Finland,  whose village hosted 100 refugees and Alexandra Föderl-Schmid, the chief-editor of the Austrian newspaper Der Standard. Michael Meyer, former award-winning correspondent for Newsweek, communication director for Ban Ki-mon and founding dean of the AKU graduate School of Media and Communications in Nairobi moderated the panel on 15 June.

  • 16 Jun 2016
    The impact of technological change on the social security system and labour law - EESC conference, Bratislava

    The EESC organised a conference in cooperation with the future Slovak Presidency of the EU Council and the active participation of the Slovak EESC Members, in Bratislava on 14th June 2016. Held in the context of a meeting of the EESC bureau, the conference  aimed to launch a close cooperation between the EESC and the Slovak Presidency of the EU Council. The topic "Impact of technological change on the social security system and labour law" was requested by the Presidency, indicating its focus, among others, on the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Slovak Minister, Ján Richter said ...

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