10 Oct 2003 Ref: 068/2003 ORGANISED CIVIL SOCIETY AND THE BARCELONA PROCESS: EESC MISSION TO JORDAN, SYRIA AND LEBANON The purpose of the mission to Jordan, Syria and the Lebanon was to raise awareness about the EESC's work in the Barcelona Process, to provide information about the upcoming Euro-Mediterranean summit of Economic and Social Councils and similar institutions in Malta (6-7 November 2003) and to meet and listen to civil society organisations and find out more about their involvement in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. The delegation met with a wide range of representatives of civil society, including the social partners and non-governmental organisations.
6 Oct 2003 Ref: 062/2003 EESC CONFERENCE, BRUSSELS, 8-10 OCTOBER 2003: The successful implementation of the Lisbon strategy is crucial for the future of Europe in terms of promoting sustainable development, sharpening the EU's competitive edge, enhancing education and training, securing good quality sustainable jobs and promoting higher living standards for European citizens.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) believes that the Lisbon strategy needs to be revitalised and that this can only be done with the full and active participation of organised civil society.
As the President of the EESC, Roger Briesch, has argued, "The European Economic and Social Committee is in a unique position to bring together key representatives from across the whole range of civil society in Europe. Its underlying aim is to develop a much stronger "bottom up" commitment to achieving the main Lisbon objective of strengthening the EU economy".
The follow-up of the Convention, the IGC and the future of Social Europe, the importance of the Enlargement for the EESC, and the effects on its organisation and working methods: these are the most important issues that were discussed on 1st October by the European Economic and Social Committee's Group II (Employees) during its extraordinary meeting that was also attended by several guests from trade union organisations from the New Member States and the Candidate Countries.
3 Oct 2003 Ref: 064/2003 EESC HEARING ON THE WORK OF THE EUROPEAN MONITORING CENTRE FOR RACISM AND XENOPHOBIA Representatives from a wide variety of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that work in the field of fighting racism and xenophobia will be at the European Economic and Social Committee's (EESC) headquarters in Brussels on 7th October to give their views and share their experience on how best to improve the way the EU tackles the problem.
1 Oct 2003 Ref: 063/2003 2004 PLENARY SESSION DATES ARE CONFIRMED The dates for the European Economic and Social Committee's 9 plenary sessions in 2004 have now been confirmed by the Committee's Bureau (see table on next page for a full list of EESC internal meetings).
30 Sep 2003 Ref: 061/2003 HIGHLIGHTS OF SEPTEMBER PLENARY SESSION * DRAFT CONSTITUTION FOR EUROPE: OPINION TABLING EESC POSITION TO IGC ADOPTED WITH A LARGE MAJORITY
* EXPLORATORY OPINIONS ADOPTED ON TRANS-EUROPEAN NETWORK PROJECTS, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COHESION, AND EUROPEAN WORKS COUNCILS,
* OWN-INITIATIVE OPINION ADOPTED ON INDUSTRIAL CHANGE
* SEVERAL CONSULTATIVE OPINIONS ADOPTED, INCLUDING OPINION ON ENTEPRENEURSHIP IN EUROPE