15 Feb 2013 Ref: 13/2013 EESC backs Reding's women-on-boards plan An opinion adopted by the European Economic and Social Committee at its plenary session of 13 February 2013 supports the European Commission proposal establishing a minimum objective of 40% gender balance among non-executive directors of publicly-listed companies. Such a measure is deemed necessary to bridge the gender gap at top management level and ensure equal opportunities in the access to company boards.
14 Feb 2013 Ref: 12 2013 EU civil society body calls for common energy tax system If the EU is to meet its energy and climate policy goals, it will need to adopt a common energy tax regime, said the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in its opinion on the internal energy market adopted yesterday.
The EESC said that the countries of the EU must "rethink energy taxation" with a view to making it "uniform and smarter across Europe". It suggested creating a common tax framework which would link the tax rate to the energy source and factor in CO2 emissions.
Press release: EU civil society body calls for common energy tax system
13 Feb 2013 Ref: 11/2013 Debate with President Barroso on the new budget deal at the EESC plenary The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will hold its next plenary session on 13 and 14 February. The session will include a debate with President Barroso on the recent 2014-2020 budget agreement on 13 February as well as a presentation of the Irish Presidency with the Minister for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton, and a debate with ECB Vice-President Vítor Constâncio on EU governance and banking situation on 14 February.
Debate with President Barroso on the new budget deal at the EESC plenary
There is a mismatch between what the leaders of the EU Member States have agreed on the EU's long-term strategy for job-creation and policies for sustainable growth, innovation, education and research, and what they have agreed on how these policies are to be implemented. The EESC has consistently called for more Europe and has also been clear that we cannot have more Europe yet still pay less for it. This runs counter to the goal of inclusive growth and requires serious efforts to find long-term solutions, including (i) support from public funds for inclusive jobs, (ii) innovation, with the aim of maintaining an active labour market, and (iii) retraining activities, with the aim of adapting education to the future needs of the job market.
EESC President's Statement on the EU Budget Deal - "A deal is struck but the outcome is disappointing!"
1 Feb 2013 Ref: 08/2013 More Europe for a better Europe Minister Joan Burton and the EESC agree on the necessity for a social dimension to economic and monetary union.
Has EU membership benefited Ireland? On 1 February, the members of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC, the EU civil society body) and Irish representatives from the government and civil society organisations gathered together in Dublin to discuss this and more issues including the economic and financial crisis, the Common Agricultural Policy, the involvement of citizens and the future of Europe.
1 Feb 2013 Ref: 07/2013 On an Arctic Policy for the EU On 31 January 2013 in Rovaniemi (Finland), the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a joint hearing with the Arctic Centre (University of Lapland) on the EU's Arctic policy. The discussion focussed on the EU's interests and priorities in the Arctic, a region which is attracting ever-greater interest from global players in a number of policy areas such as energy, transport and the environment.
25 Jan 2013 Ref: 06 2013 EU needs a new strategy to combat maritime piracy In a bid to move the EU away from its current piecemeal action against piracy, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has put forward a comprehensive strategy to combat this scourge. The strategy was discussed by decision-makers and stakeholders at a hearing organised yesterday by the Committee.
At a time when the European Union needs to strengthen the cooperation between its Member States more than ever before, the UK Prime Minister has today called for less cooperation. Mr Cameron's selfish strategic positioning of the UK within the EU is not in the EU's interest; nor is it in the national interest of the UK. This is akin to a tandem bicycle where one rider is moving forward while the other is going backwards. EU membership is like any other agreement: it comes with benefits and obligations. Under political pressure at home, Mr Cameron is questioning the whole EU project and wants to start a debate on the basic principles of the European Union such as solidarity and economic integration, by asking people to vote for or against the EU project as it has been developed over the last fifty-five years
18 Jan 2013 Ref: 04/2013 The Single Market Act II should urgently respond to single market failures, says the EESC On 16 January, the EESC plenary session adopted an opinion on "The Single Market Act II – Together for new growth". The text calls for a more realistic approach to Single Market policies. The European Commission should focus more on implementation and less on promoting the sometimes intangible benefits for citizens, claims the EESC.
The Single Market Act II should urgently respond to single market failures, says the EESC