7 Jun 2013 Ref: 44/2013 The credit crunch and shrinking savings: how to break the vicious circle to kick-start recovery? Low credit offerings lead to low consumption levels, which in turn cause the economy to stagnate. That is the key problem of the current economic crisis. The EU needs to respond and reverse the trend, but one question remains: how?
On 6 June 2013, the Various Interests Group of the European Economic and Social Committee held a conference to suggest possible ways out of the current vicious circle that is preventing businesses from starting up, operating and growing, and consumers from saving money securely and productively.
4 Jun 2013 Ref: 43/2013 Moving Greece towards sustainable development: the only road for the future! On 31 May, the Various Interests Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organised the conference, "The Impact of the Crisis on Greek Citizens: moving forward towards recovery", in Thessaloniki.
The event brought together approximately 100 participants, including 30 members of the EESC and Greek representatives, who over the course of the day debated how the crisis afflicting Greece and Europe could be overcome.
22 May 2013 Ref: 41/2013 Civil society urges the Council to end tax evasion The EESC is urging the Council to send out the right signal to the European public and to prove that Europe is able to tackle this fundamental issue. Tax evasion costs EUR 1 trillion a year - EUR 2 000 for each and every one of Europe's 500 million citizens.
EESC president Henri Malosse denounced tax evasion as theft adding that, at this time of crisis, no European society can afford losses on this scale.
21 May 2013 Ref: 40/2013 The Austrian youth employment strategy and social dimension of the EMU, highlights of the May EESC plenary session At its upcoming plenary session of 22-23 May, the European Economic and Social Committee will host a debate with Vincent Chauvet and Martin Wittenberg, initiators of the ongoing European Citizens' Initiative, "One single tariff". Another highlight of the session will be a discussion with the presidents of Austrian social partner organisations and European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič on youth employment and Austrian best practice.
15 May 2013 Ref: 39/2013 How are we living up to the Rio+20 commitments on sustainable development? Achim Steiner talked to EU civil society about Rio+20 follow-up actions, the sustainable development goals and the post-2015 development agenda
United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Achim Steiner spoke yesterday to the European Economic and Social Committee and other European civil society representatives on the subject of "Advancing Sustainable Development Post-Rio+20". Mr Steiner spoke of the need for a fully inclusive consultation process for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that must involve governments, civil society and the private sector. This struck a chord with the EESC, which has already started its Rio+20 follow-up work by setting up broad consultation forums with civil society and institutional stakeholders at EU level on the sustainable development goals and linking them with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
15 May 2013 Ref: 38/2013 If the EU is to succeed in its energy transition, it must take society with it There must be an open and transparent European energy dialogue both within and between EU Member States: this is the message of a joint declaration adopted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute yesterday in Paris. This text will be presented to the European Council ahead of its 22 May meeting centred on energy.
Mr Malosse, EESC President, and Jacques Delors, former European Commission president and founding president of Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute, stress that the public are worried about energy issues. Energy policy can mobilise them around a European project that offers them added value and real, tangible results.
24 Apr 2013 Ref: 36/2013 Without a European vision, there can be no sustainable solution to energy access Statement by the EESC President. During his visit to Lithuania, Henri Malosse, EESC President, travelled to the Ignalina plant, closed at the request of the European Commission as one of the conditions of Lithuania's accession to the European Union.
"Access to energy is a key issue for all countries as well as their citizens. However, if Europe is to play a role, if European integration is to make sense, it is precisely by addressing the strategic challenge of sharing energy resources. Member States will achieve nothing in the long term if they act alone."
22 Apr 2013 Ref: 35/2013 European presidency and energy issues on the agenda for meeting with Lithuanian President EESC president Henri Malosse today met the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė, to address the challenge of the lack of support by European citizens for the European leadership. With particular reference to energy issues, he warned about the impact of policies that did not involve the people and the difficulty of winning back popular support in these days of economic crisis.
19 Apr 2013 Ref: 34/2013 There is no single market without a single European airspace A single European airspace will not emerge without greater leadership from the European Commission and a better enforcement of EU legislation, said the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) during its April plenary session.