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.
18 Apr 2013 Ref: 33/2013 A new Northern Irish face in Europe Former deputy speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Jane Morrice, has been elected vice-president of a Brussels-based organisation that advises EU lawmakers. Known as the European Economic and Social Committee, the EESC is made up of 344 members from the 27 EU member countries. A journalist who worked for BBC Belfast and European Report in Brussels, Jane Morrice will be responsible for communication during her two and a half year term.
18 Apr 2013 Ref: 32/2013 EESC vice-president Hajo Wilms: An end to the status quo – EU budgets must open new perspectives for the future Hans-Joachim Wilms has been appointed new vice-president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), with particular responsibility for the budget. As president of the Budget Group secretariat, he will continue to push the message already expressed in a number of Committee opinions, namely that the ambitious challenges facing the EU make it vital to increase the size of its budget so as to revitalise economic growth and employment.
18 Apr 2013 Ref: 31/2013 New presidency for the EESC: Henri Malosse wants to put citizens at the heart of the public debate Henri Malosse is kicking off a 2½-year tenure as head of the EU institution representing civil society. With the public increasingly at a loss to understand decisions taken by the European Union, the new president is determined to make the EESC once again a force to be reckoned with in the European debate. This is a priority, he believes, given the crisis Europe is now facing.
16 Apr 2013 Ref: 30/2013 12th China-EU Round Table calls for stepped-up people-to-people contacts in EU-China relations The 12th Meeting of the China-EU Round Table took place on 11-12 April 2013 in Brussels. The agenda included sessions on intercultural relations, complementary indicators to GDP, urban development and trade and sustainable development.
The Participants underlined the importance of the EU-China People-to-People dialogue and the need to include the activities of the EU-China Civil Society Round Table in this dialogue. The rapporteurs for the session on intercultural dialogue, Ms Anne-Marie Sigmund (EESC) and Mr CUI Hongjian (Chinese Economic and Social Council - CESC), underlined the need to broaden the activities of theEU-China dialogue to cover adult education, journalists' training and intercultural training for small and medium-sized enterprises.
9 Apr 2013 Ref: 029/2013 European Citizens' Initiative marks one year anniversary The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) today convened key stakeholders to mark one year since the establishment of the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) – the world's first direct, digital and transnational tool of participatory democracy. Organised in partnership with the Committee of the Regions, the European Citizen Action Service, Democracy International, the Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe and Euronews, the European Citizens' Initiative Day 2013 provided the platform to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the initiative and debate future improvements. Most initiatives’ organisers were on the spot and had the possibility to share their experiences and expressed their needs and concerns.