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Since 1987, the Erasmus exchange programme has had a major impact on the lives of more than 9 million EU citizens by allowing them to take part in multicultural exchanges and develop new skills. At an event organized by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) on 18 May, Erasmus was recognized as a milestone in the creation of a European identity.  

 

 

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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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  • 6 Apr 2017
    EESC President Georges Dassis in Belgrade to discuss strong social dialogue as an added value for progress

    On 7th April 2017, Georges Dassis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) – the EU advisory body representing civil society, will take part in a seminar in Belgrade organised by the by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI).

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  • 31 Mar 2017
    EESC asks European youth: EU@60: Where to next?

    "You are our present and future, and Europe needs you": with these words, EESC Vice-President Gonçalo Lobo Xavier welcomed 99 young people to the yearly Your Europe, Your Say! event organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). The Vice-President encouraged them to use this "unique chance" to mingle with their European peers, apply their foreign language skills, learn about each other and make new friends that can change their lives and perceptions about this magnificent project called European Union.

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  • 31 Mar 2017
    The Outermost Regions, European lands in the world: toward a renewed strategy

    "The outermost regions constitute an integral part of Europe and their citizens are and must be considered as equal", Georges Dassis declared during his speech at the Fourth Forum of the Outermost Regions. The Forum highlighted the importance of integrating the outermost regions into their neighbouring markets, which is critical to their socio-economic development, while key topics were also discussed such as digital and physical accessibility, blue growth, the green/circular economy, and the energy sector.

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  • 23 Mar 2017
    EESC President Georges Dassis on the XIII UGT Congress

    On 25 March, Georges Dassis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), will attend XIII UGT Congress, in Porto.

    Georges Dassis will address to the audience at the opening session, on the subject of 60 years of the Treaty of ROME.

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  • 14 Mar 2017
    The European Economic and Social Committee celebrates sixty years of Europe with its sights set on the future

    On 13 March 2017, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a high-level conference in Rome to mark the sixty-year anniversary of the founding treaties of Europe, signed in Rome itself on 25 March 1957. Rather than celebrating the occasion in pomp, the EESC preferred to focus on the important milestones achieved and, above all, explore three issues that are crucial if we are to overcome the current crisis and guarantee a better future for Europe: tackling growing social inequalities, getting back on track for economic growth and providing an effective response, consistent with its principles, to the challenge of migration.

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  • 9 Mar 2017
    Meeting between EESC president and Alena Bašistová, Chairwoman of the Committee for Social Affairs of the Slovak Parliament

    On 9 March the president of the European Economic and Social Committee met with Alena Bašistová, Chairwoman of the Committee for Social Affairs of the Slovak Parliament where they had the opportunity to discuss and explore areas for cooperation in the field of European social policy.

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  • 8 Mar 2017
    Migration needs fair responsibility sharing based on EU-wide solidarity

    We need to change the narrative and disseminate the many good stories as an antidote to the fears and worries spread by right-wing populists. Efforts towards integration need to be accelerated - the city of Mechelen could be a role model of what successful integration can look like. Family reunification is key to proper integration, and so is access to work and basic services. Therefore it is indispensable for Member States to stick to the relocation programme they themselves agreed upon in September 2015. It is unacceptable that 9 Member States did not relocate any refugees. Europe needs solidarity in order to handle this challenge.

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  • 7 Mar 2017
    60 years of European Community - Let's shape the future !

    On 13 March, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is holding a high-level conference, in cooperation with the Italian prime minister's office and under the auspices of the Italian parliament, entitled Sixty years of European community — let's shape the future! The conference will be held in the Auletta dei gruppi parlamentari, at the Montecitorio complex, from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

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  • 7 Mar 2017
    How can adequate convergence be ensured after Brexit?

    At the invitation of the University of Louvain's C.R.I.D.E.S (Centre de recherché interdisciplinaire Jean Renaud "Droit, Enterprise et Société "), Georges Dassis, president of the European Economic and Social Committee, took part in the conference on "Economic law in the EU: How can adequate convergence be ensured after Brexit?", which took place on 6 March 2017 and brought together professors from all over Europe.

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  • 23 May 2017
    EESC celebrates 30 years of Erasmus - A milestone for European identity

    Since 1987, the Erasmus exchange programme has had a major impact on the lives of more than 9 million EU citizens by allowing them to take part in multicultural exchanges and develop new skills. At an event organized by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) on 18 May, Erasmus was recognized as a milestone in the creation of a European identity.  

     

     

  • 19 May 2017
    EESC celebrates 30 years of Erasmus - A milestone for European identity

    Since 1987, the Erasmus exchange programme has had a major impact on the lives of more than 9 million EU citizens by allowing them to take part in multicultural exchanges and develop new skills. At an event organized by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) on 18 May, Erasmus was recognized as a milestone in the creation of a European identity. The event was celebrated on ...

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