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"The EESC has long advocated a new common European legal migration policy and an efficient and equitable Common European Asylum System", Georges Dassis emphasised in his speech delivered at the high-level conference on migration management which was organised by the European Parliament earlier today.

The aim of the conference was to find viable solutions regarding the migration crisis and to meet the expectations of European citizens in this area. Political leaders, specialists and stakeholders discussed the issue of shared responsibility between Member States, the internal security of the European Union, the root causes of migration and how to ensure a stable socio-economic environment and prosperity in third countries.

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  • 18 May 2017
    ACP-EU – 28th meeting of Economic and Social Interest Groups

    The European Economic and Social Committee held the 28th Meeting of Economic and Social Interest Groups of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states and EU countries in Brussels on 15-16 May. Trade relations, the new European consensus for development, prevention and reduction of food loss and waste, industrialisation as a development driver, and the future of EU relations with ACP countries were the five main themes of the conference, as outlined in a jointly accepted declaration.

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  • 10 May 2017
    Georges Dassis, president of the European Economic and Social Committee, on official visit to Morocco

    Georges Dassis, the president of the European Economic and Social Committee, has met with Nizar Baraka, the president of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of Morocco. At this meeting, Mr Dassis thanked Mr Baraka for his commitment to working with the EESC. The cooperation between the two institutions was put on a formal footing with the first meeting of the joint advisory group on the free trade agreement between the EU and Morocco. During the meeting, the two presidents stressed the importance of the involvement of civil society organisations in the negotiations, in order to ensure that the agreement is as beneficial as possible for both the people of Morocco and EU citizens and that it is a win-win agreement for both sides.

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  • 5 May 2017
    Visite du President du Comité Economique et Social Européen, M Georges DASSIS, au Maroc

    Thèmes principales: Première réunion du groupe consultatif mixte sur l'accord de libre-échange, rencontre avec le Président du CES du Maroc, le Parlement marocain, rencontre avec le Chef du Gouvernement, séminaire sur le dialogue social.

     

     

    Le mardi 9 mai 2017

    • 9H30-10H : Réunion Bilatérale entre Monsieur Nizar Baraka, Président du CESE du Royaume du Maroc et  Monsieur Georges Dassis,  Président  du CES Européen
    • 10H-11H30 : Réunion du Comité mixte de suivi composé des membres du CESE-Maroc et CES-Europe
    • 15h00: Rencontre  avec  M. Saâd-Eddine El Othmani, Chef du Gouvernement
    • 16H00 : Rencontre  avec M.Habib El Malki, Président de la Chambre des Représentants
    • 17h : Rencontre  avec  M.Hakim Benchamach, Président de la Chambre des Conseillers

     

    Le mercredi 10 mai 2017

    • 9h00 – 18h30 : Séminaire sur « le dialogue social : expériences comparées et enseignements pour l’avenir »

     

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    Le Président Dassis sera accompagné par les Conseiller(e)s du CESE:

    • Mme Dilyana SLAVOVA, Présidente de la Section Relations externes du CESE
    • Mr Henri MALOSSE, ancient Président du CESE 2013-2015
    • Mr José María ZUFIAUR NARVAIZA, Vice-Président de la Section Relations externes
    • Mme Cinzia DEL RIO,  Présidente du Groupe consultatif mixte UE-Maroc
    • Mr John COMER, Membre du Groupe consultatif mixte UE-Maroc du CESE

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  • 4 May 2017
    Overcoming youth marginalisation: Best practices to prevent marginalisation and criminalisation of youth in state of vulnerability

    "Combating marginalisation of young people should be a priority not only for the EU, but also for national and regional authorities, as well as for all civil society organisations"; with these words the president of the European Economic and Social Committee welcomed the participants of the conference on "Overcoming youth marginalisation: Best practices to prevent marginalisation and criminalisation of youth in state of vulnerability".

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  • 4 May 2017
    How to strengthen the Commission’s clean energy proposal

    Policies to accelerate Europe’s energy transition require more realistic projections, better consultation with consumers, and clearer rules on Brussels’ attempt to enforce renewable energy targets, the EU’s main civil society body has warned.

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) voted to approve five opinions at this week’s plenary session on the Commission’s winter energy package "Clean Energy for All Europeans" – a 1,000-page set of proposals, released in November, that Energy Union Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič told members would ‘revolutionise’ the sector.

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  • 28 Apr 2017
    Can Dündar: “Do not leave Turkey alone. Erdogan is not Turkey”

    Following recent developments in Turkey, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) invited Turkish journalist Can Dündar to its Plenary session on 26th April. The former editor-in-chief of the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet, currently living in exile, called on the EU to stand beside Turkey and the Turkish people in support of media freedom, human rights, rule of law and democracy. The EESC debate also assessed recent developments in Turkey and discussed EU-Turkey relations.

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  • 12 Apr 2017
    "When we practice solidarity we can leave a trace in the history" says EESC President George Dassis at the European Solidarity Corps Forum

    The President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Georges Dassis, participated on 12 April in the concluding session of the European Solidarity Corps Stakeholder Forum, alongside the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani.

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  • 12 Apr 2017
    ECI Day 2017: Commissioner Timmermans follows EESC advice and announces a review of the ECI regulation for autumn 2017

    Five years after the launch of the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) and after around 50 initiatives that have had quite limited success, the Commission has finally acted on the European Economic and Social Committee's (EESC) proposal for a review of the ECI regulation. At the Committee's 4th ECI Day, Commissioner Timmermans announced that he would carry out a review of the instrument and that a proposal for the revised ECI regulation would be launched as early as autumn this year.

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  • 11 Apr 2017
    European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, meeting with European Economic and Social Committee President, Georges Dassis

    European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, met with European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) President, Georges Dassis today.  Both agreed on the need to reinforce political cooperation between the two institutions and to work on concrete actions to reduce the distance between EU institutions and citizens. In its role as the institutional representative of civil society, the EESC plays a key role in bridging that gap.

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  • 11 Apr 2017
    Meeting between Georges Dassis and Cecilia Wikström

    On Tuesday, the 11th of April, President Georges Dassis welcomed Ms. Cecilia Wikström, Chair of the Conference of Committee Chairs of the European Parliament for a working lunch at the Committee. The President expressed his interest for "a reinforced and meaningful cooperation" between the European Economic and Social Committee and the Parliament and for substantial ways in which the work of the EESC can be helpful for the EP, for example through the presence of EESC Rapporteurs in EP Committee meetings and  hearings. He went on to underline the importance that rapporteurs on both sides work on priority files together, stating that: "we need to create stronger links between those working on the same cause, all dedicated to the cause of true European integration" as well as that the EESC can be a great help for the Members of the European Parliament, "who have nothing to lose and everything to gain" from a closer working relationship.

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  • 22 Jun 2017
    A new migration policy and a Common European Asylum System based on solidarity is needed, EESC president says

    "The EESC has long advocated a new common European legal migration policy and an efficient and equitable Common European Asylum System", Georges Dassis emphasised in his speech delivered at the high-level conference on migration management which was organised by the European Parliament earlier today.

    The aim of the conference was to find viable solutions regarding the migration crisis and to meet the expectations of European citizens in this area. Political leaders, specialists and stakeholders discussed the issue of shared responsibility between Member States, the internal security of the European Union, the root causes of migration and how to ensure a stable socio-economic environment and prosperity in third countries.

  • 19 Jun 2017
    Civil Society debates E-government and cybersecurity with incoming Estonian Presidency

    The successful experience of Estonia with E-government as well as questions concerning cybersecurity were discussed during the EESC conference on the “Future development of E-government in the EU” held in Tallinn. The European Economic and Social Committee hosted a debate on the priorities of the incoming Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU which have as an overarching goal to improve the quality of life of EU citizens by working toward concrete goals in the spirit of Bratislava declaration.

    The EESC President Georges Dassis opened the event by expressing being “astounded by Estonia's X-Road platform which seems to help citizens in all walks of life. The only question that this raises is how to protect quality jobs and not abandon the existing workers.”

     

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