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On 22 February, EESC President Dassis met with Mr Eugene Czolij, President of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), which is an organisation representing the interests of over 20 million Ukrainians living abroad.

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  • 19 Jan 2017
    Letter of congratulations to the newly elected President of the European Parliament, Mr A. Tajani

    Dear President,

    On behalf of the European Economic and Social Committee, I am writing to congratulate you on your recent election to the position of President of the European Parliament. We look forward to continuing together the excellent cooperation between our two institutions.

    Your election comes at a time of crisis for the European Union. A main objective of all the European actors ...


    Egregio Presidente,

    A nome del Comitato economico e sociale europeo, mi congratulo per la sua elezione a Presidente del Parlamento europeo! Ci aspettiamo di continuare a tutta l'eccellente cooperazione tra le nostre due istituzioni. ...

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  • 12 Jan 2017
    Georges Dassis receives Michel Barnier

    On 12 January 2017, Georges Dassis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, met Michel Barnier, Chief Negotiator for the preparation and conduct of the negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union.

  • 20 Dec 2016
    Meeting between Georges Dassis, president of the EESC and Maurizio Massari, Permanent Representative of the Italian Republic to the European Union

    On 19 December, the EESC president Georges Dassis met Maurizio Massari, Italy's Permanent Representative to the European Union since 1 June 2016.

     

    They shared the view that the EU would again have a lot on its plate in the coming year, but more particularly that it was not on the right track: the Member States had lost sight of the shared values that underpinned the European project and the reasons why they had chosen to come together. There was a lack of solidarity between them, and in several Member States, an erosion of civil rights.

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  • 16 Dec 2016
    EESC Civil Society Prize rewards most outstanding examples of solidarity with migrants

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has awarded its 2016 Civil Society Prize to five organisations and individuals from across Europe who have demonstrated outstanding examples of solidarity towards refugees and migrants. The first prize went to the Hungarian NGO Artemisio Foundation (14 000 EUR), while the German organisation SOS Mediterrannee, the Greek baker Dionysis Arvanitakis, a branch of the Spanish NGO SOS Racismo and the Greek NGO Iliaktida (Sunbeam) received 9 000 EUR each.

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  • 15 Dec 2016
    Commission must push for greater Solidarity in Europe in 2017, says EESC

    In their plenary session debate with European Commission First Vice-President Timmermans, the EESC Members called for a new impetus and more solidarity, as stated in the EESC contribution to the European Commission's 2017 Work Programme.

    Taking account of the Brexit vote and of the questioning on the European project in public perception in several Member States, the EESC considers that the European Commission must work to restore a spirit of solidarity and responsibility, and regain public support. Concretely, 2017 should be devoted to strengthening the economic and social cohesion of the EU and reinforcing the EU's global role and citizens' ownership of the EU.

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  • 15 Dec 2016
    Meeting with Andrej Lepavcov, Ambassador of the formerYugoslav Republic of Macedonia to the EU

    On 14th of December 2016 President Georges Dassis met H.E. Andrej Lepavcov, Head of Mission of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to the European Union, at the request of the Ambassador.

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  • 9 Dec 2016
    More investment is needed to guarantee new jobs

    On December 8, the Lasaire think tank organised a seminar at the European Economic and Social Committee titled Anticipation and participatory change management in companies during a period of crisis and technological change. This seminar took place in the framework of their 12th Biennial project “Europe, Work, Employment".

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  • 5 Dec 2016 EESC President Georges Dassis at the conference: "The social dimension of the European Union"

    On 5 December, Georges Dassis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), will speak at the meeting on The social dimension of the European Union jointly organised by the European Parliament's information office in Cyprus, the Representation of the European Commission to Cyprus and the Cypriot members of the European Economic and Social Committee. In the course of the meeting, Zeta Emilianidou, Minister for Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance, will take part in an open debate.

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  • 30 Nov 2016
    Social economy and social enterprises

    "The key role of the social economy in responding to societal challenges is clear: in these times of economic crisis, the social economy sector has been extremely resilient, namely by creating jobs, especially because it is a sector where social innovation can express itself fully ", declared the EESC president at the opening of the conference on The Social Economy as a key player in providing effective answers to current societal challenges in the EU and the world.

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  • 30 Nov 2016
    Official visit of the EESC president to Morocco

    On the 29th of November president Dassis met with the head of the Moroccan government, Abdel-Ilah Benkirann. Among other things, the topic of discussion included underlining the importance of civil society participation in the political dialogue and the value of consultative institutions.

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