12 Mar 2004 Ref: 036/2004 BRIESCH AND PRODI 11th MARCH MEETING THE PRESIDENTS OF THE EESC AND THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION AGREE ON THE NEED FOR CONTINUED CLOSE COOPERATION ON THE COMMISSION’S STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES.
PRESIDENT PRODI CONFIRMS THE COMMISSION’S REQUEST FOR AN EXPLORATORY OPINION ON THE COMPETITIVENESS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION.
THE TWO INSTITUTIONS AGREE TO ORGANISE A MAJOR CONFERENCE ON THE NEW FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVE.
At an 11 March summit meeting EESC President Roger Briesch and European Commission President Romano Prodi passed in review past and future cooperation between the two institutions and agreed on the importance of maintaining close cooperation (in 2001 the two institutions signed a protocol of cooperation), in particular with regard to the Commission’s 2005 strategic objectives. President Prodi took advantage of the occasion to confirm the Commission’s request that the Committee deliver an exploratory opinion on competitiveness. The two Presidents also agreed to organise a major conference on the new financial perspective (2007-13) in May of this year.
10 Mar 2004 Ref: 033/2004 EESC PRESIDENT BRIESCH REACHES OUT TO LITHUANIA AND LATVIA Continuing his series of visits to the acceding countries in the run up to the European Union's enlargement, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) President Roger Briesch is due to travel to Lithuania and Latvia for meetings with key representatives of Organised Civil Society and government on 16-18 March.
9 Mar 2004 Ref: 032/2004 PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY – A KEY INSTRUMENT FOR RE-ESTABLISHING CONFIDENCE Democracy in an enlarged European Union will only work if the citizens are given a voice in the EU’s decision-making process via strong participatory channels, political and civil society leaders agreed at the European Economic and Social Committee’s (EESC) 8-9 March conference on participatory democracy and the European Constitution. “The EU is in a serious crisis of trust,” EESC President Roger Briesch declared in his opening address. “Yes, we all know there is a democratic deficit, but there is also a deficit of participation", he continued.
5 Mar 2004 Ref: 031/2004 CONSTRUCTIVE ROLE PLAYED BY THE EESC SAYS COMMISSIONER LIIKANEN DISCUSSING COMMISSION'S PROPOSALS ON REGISTRATION, EVALUATION AND AUTHORISATION OF CHEMICALS (REACH) Coming before the EESC section for environmental matters on 4th March European Commissioner Erkki Liikanen expressed appreciation for the Committee’s role in developing a new EU approach to current systems designed to control the level of chemicals in the environment via the REACH proposals (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals). The proposals, designed to simplify current systems on the use of chemicals within the environment would mean "moving away from the current situation of having to apply 40 legal acts" said Commissioner Liikanen. The key point was to deal with the issue of the exposure of the environment to chemicals, he continued.
2 Mar 2004 Ref: 030/2004 SPECIALISED SECTION OF EESC TO PRESS AHEAD WITH OPINION ON COMMISSION'S "REACH" PROPOSALS ON CHEMICALS Commissioner Liikanen at the EESC on 4th March to discuss the proposals with EESC Members.
Commission Proposals have identified the right objectives and must ensure a balance between environmental and health protection and competitiveness.
EESC supports establishment of a Chemicals Agency with real powers.
During a meeting on 4th March the EESC Specialised Section for "Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment" is due to press ahead with a debate on its draft Opinion (Rapporteur Mr Paolo Braghin) on the Commission's proposals concerning the REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) system that were adopted by the Commission in October last year. Commissioner Erkki Liikanen will attend the Section meeting and discuss the Proposals and next steps with members of the EESC.
2 Mar 2004 Ref: 029/2004 Participatory Democracy: EESC President Briesch in 3 March Internet Chat On Wednesday, 3 March, from 16.00 to 18.00, EESC President Roger Briesch will be hosting an online debate on the theme of participatory democracy. The aim of this exchange is to examine the emerging concept of participatory democracy in terms of civil dialogue and the involvement of organised civil society in the European Union's policy-making processes.
27 Feb 2004 Ref: 027/2004 HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FEBRUARY PLENARY SESSION EESC ADOPTS KEY OWN INITIATIVE OPINIONS ON NUCLEAR POWER, BUDGETARY POLICY AND EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT MEASURES.
ADOPTION OF EXPLORATORY OPINION ON SOCIAL COHESION IN LATIN AMERICA.
OPINIONS ON AGRICULTURAL REFORM AND FISHERIES ALSO PASS THROUGH PLENARY.