18 Sep 2013 Ref: 55/2013 Public Hearing: Malta in the European Single Market – your ideas to change it! The Single Market Observatory (SMO) of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is cooperating with the European Commission by promoting the Single Market Month, an online event aiming at collecting citizens' findings and ideas for a better Europe, whose four topics will be discussed on the ground during the public hearing it is organizing on 23 September in Saint Julian's, Malta.
Another highlight of the session will be a discussion on the "Water for All" European Citizens' Initiative, which seeks to ensure water as a human right for all rather than using it as a private sector commodity, with statements by Carola Fischbach-Pyttel, General Secretary of the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) and Riccardo Petrella, Secretary General of the International Committee for the World Water Contract. The debate is expected to arouse great interest, as it is a major issue for many EU Member States at both regional and national level.
12 Sep 2013 Ref: 53/2013 The Fourth Railway Package in the EESC and CER spotlights The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER), the European Parliament (EP) and the Committee of the Regions (CoR) concur on the need to increase investments in railway infrastructure. The debate held at the EESC shows that investment, rather than prescriptive tendering of domestic services, can deliver a step change in the quality of railway services.
11 Jul 2013 Ref: 52/2013 EU tobacco review: striking the right balance between economy, health and jobs Employing almost 1.5 million people in the EU, the tobacco sector promotes rural and economic development and is one of the few major export sectors to still maintain a positive balance, both at the European level and in many member states. Following a heated debate at its 10-11 July plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee adopted an opinion on the review of the tobacco directive proposed by the European Commission.
10 Jul 2013 Ref: 51/2013 EESC calls for new analysis and reform of untapped public enterprises The EESC today urged the Commission and European Parliament to launch a thorough evaluation of state-owned enterprises, the efficiency and competitiveness of which remains largely unchecked. Arguing that public enterprises are key to economic recovery, the EESC repeated calls for a European statute and the development of cross-border public services, providing proper evaluation methods are implemented.
10 Jul 2013 Ref: 50/2013 Wind of Change at the European Economic and Social Committee Europe must be more efficient, concrete and closer to its citizens. The President of the European Economic and Social Committee, Henri Malosse, turned his vision into action just three months after his election: it transforms the EESC and presents a concrete action plan to the Commission.
5 Jul 2013 Ref: 49/2013 The Tobacco Directive tops the agenda for the EESC's plenary session Following Croatia's entry to the EU on July 1st, nine Croatian Members have taken their seats in the Committee and will take part in the plenary session and vote for EESC opinions for the first time.
Vytautas Landsbergis, an MEP and former Head of State of Lithuania, will appear at the European Economic and Social Committee's plenary session on Wednesday, 2.30 pm, to discuss aspects of EU energy policy, foreign affairs and defence policy.
28 Jun 2013 Ref: 48/2013 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT The EU must do more - now! Civil society organisations are calling for a genuine emergency plan for young people, ambitious enough to reverse recent trends. Every day, since 2008, 1 000 young people have become unemployed in Europe. One third of them are still without prospects a year later. These 6 million young Europeans deserve more from Europe than just 0.7% of its budget and, at the very least, that it should invest massively in their future and therefore in ours. The EU has already proved itself in many other areas.
26 Jun 2013 Ref: 47/2013 EU Politicians, be more ambitious! The crisis has revealed the limits and contradictions of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and the policy of austerity: deprived of any tools of economic governance, the euro has proved too fragile. Faced with this reality, politicians have no choice but to go down the path of much-needed reform. If they are unable to summon up the courage and political will which they lacked in 2000, the very future of the euro and the European social model will be in danger.
25 Jun 2013 Ref: 46/2013 Consumers deserve a common food policy, argues EESC In the context of continued controversy over the recent horsemeat scandal and reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) today proposed a new way forwards: a common food policy that puts citizens first, restoring confidence in the European agro-food chain. Convening key government, industry and NGO representatives in Vilnius, Lithuania, the EESC argued that consumers' need for safe, nutritious, affordable and healthy food is often neglected in the current "farm to fork" approach.