11 Dec 2013 Ref: 80/2013 Stop card-based payment abuse, says the EESC On 11 December, the EESC plenary session backed the Commission's proposals on card-based payments, but wants EU citizens to be able to make basic electronic payments cheaply and easily over the internet, both nationally and across borders.
11 Dec 2013 Ref: 79/2013 Inevitable twilight of the European steel industry? Being reliant on sectors such as the automobile and construction sectors, the European steel industry has been hit extremely hard by the economic crisis. Many production facilities have been closed, resulting in the loss of over 60 000 jobs. The European Commission has just launched an Action Plan for the European Steel Industry (APS), but the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) thinks this is not enough.
11 Dec 2013 Ref: 78/2013 EESC in push to measure the economic value of volunteering In a bid to secure better public authority recognition for the economic value of volunteering, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has pushed for a regulation to harmonise measurement of this activity in EU countries.
10 Dec 2013 Ref: 77/2013 Christine Lagarde speaks to European organised civil society The European Economic and Social Committee invited Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, to its last plenary session of 2013. Against the backdrop of the ongoing crisis, the EESC is concerned about the consequences of austerity policies and their ability to bring recovery to European economies.
Christine Lagarde speaks to European organised civil society
6 Dec 2013 Ref: 76/2013 Christine Lagarde at the EESC plenary session At its upcoming plenary session on 10-11 December, the European Economic and Social Committee will host a debate with Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, on measures for renewed confidence, growth and jobs in Europe.
13 Nov 2013 Ref: 73/2013 The Greek presidency of the EU gives Europe a unique opportunity! For the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the European Union's second assembly, the Greek presidency gives Europe a unique opportunity: coming just a few months before the European elections, it could have a major impact by helping to give the public a more concrete idea of what Europe is about. Today, at the Greek parliament, the EESC underlined the lessons Greece has learned from the way the crisis has been handled, most importantly, how crucial it is not to ignore the voice of the European population.
12 Nov 2013 Ref: 71/2013 AGENDA The European Economic and Social Committee in public hearings at the Greek Parliament The EESC will attend public hearings at the Greek Parliament at 11 am on Wednesday 13th November as part of preparations for the Greek presidency of the European Union. Among other things, these hearings will discuss the problem of youth unemployment.
The meeting will be attended by:
- the president of the EESC, Henri Malosse
- the Greek president of the Workers’ Group, George Dassis,
- the president of the Various Interests Group, Luca Jahier
- and a Vice-President of the EESC Employers’ Group, Anna Bredima
AGENDA The European Economic and Social Committee in public hearings at the Greek Parliament
8 Nov 2013 Ref: 70/2013 State aid in aviation: as much as necessary, as little as possible State aid in aviation must be the exception rather than the rule; if it is granted, it should always be spent for clearly defined purposes, within a specified timeframe, and it should be as transparent as possible, said Jacek Krawczyk, president of the Employers' Group, rapporteur for EESC's numerous opinions on the aviation industry. His statement came at a conference "Aviation – does it need state aid?" convened by the EESC yesterday ahead of the January publication by the European Commission of revised state aid rules in aviation.