From 4 to 5 March - one month ahead of the EU-Africa summit in Brussels - the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), who supports and strengthens organised civil society both inside and outside the European Union, brought together representatives of employers, workers and various interest groups (specifically farmers and consumers) to discuss the most pressing issues on both sides of the Mediterranean, such as youth unemployment, food security and social protection.
Members of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and its Labour Market Observatory (LMO) have embarked on an impact study on the implementation of EU youth employment policies in a selection of six Member States (Austria, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Italy and Slovakia) – seen from the civil society perspective.
At its plenary session on 27 February the Committee adopted an opinion on the Proposal for a Council Recommendation on a Quality Framework for Traineeships, calling for a framework that emphasises both: regulations guaranteeing the quality of traineeships (learning content); and regulations guaranteeing working conditions (working hours, financial compensation, social security).
The EESC has appointed Luis PLANAS PUCHADES as Secretary-General He takes up duty on 1 March 2014.
At its Plenary Session on 27 February, the EESC discussed effective Roma inclusion strategies in the Member States with the Hungarian Minister for Human Resources Zoltan Balog.
"Europe's strength is its 'unity in diversity' and Roma are part of this diversity, so you'd expect their inclusion to be natural", stressed EESC President Henri Malosse in his opening remarks "Their special skills enrich Europe's culture and society." Especially in times of crisis, minority groups such as Roma communities are disproportionately exposed to the effects of economic downturns.
Read also on the president's page : Following the visit of the EESC President to Hungary
Press release n° 12: Roma – an integral part of Europe's diversity - EESC calls for binding measures to include Roma in European society
Related EESC FiguresHenri Malosse - EESC President
Related Sub ThemesRoma
Related EventsPlenary Session of 26-27 February 2014
25 February 2014 witnessed the creation of a Civil society platform composed of non-political Civil society actors from Ukraine, whose goal is a long-term strategy for the democratic development of a European Ukraine.
On 20 February 2014, Henri Malosse, president of the Economic and Social Committee, accompanied by the head of the EU delegation to Moldova, Pirkka Tapiola, paid an official visit to Comrat, capital of Gagauzia, an autonomous region of Moldova.
At its upcoming plenary session in the Charlemagne building (Brussels), the European Economic and Social Committee will debate the new strategies for Roma inclusion in Europe with the special presence of Zoltán Balog, Hungarian Minister of Human Resources.
The EESC has also invited former European Commissioner, Anna Diamantopoulou, to this plenary session. She will present the European citizens' initiative "Education for all".
From 13 till 14 April the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) brought together experts from a wide range of civil society groups along with national, EU and UN stakeholders to discuss the challenges and prospects for the preparation of the Post-2015 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Poverty eradication and sustainable development were both at the heart of the debates of the Global Partnership Conference.
Following the new agreement signed this week with the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions, the EESC's Single Market Observatory (SMO) has launched a survey on the implementation of the Services Directive in the construction sector. This work will produce a realistic snapshot of the situation on the ground to underline practical examples of inconsistencies regarding this European policy in order to enable the Members of Parliament to improve the directive.