Published In: 2012 8 pages Your Europe Your Say! 2012 For the third year running, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is offering an unique opportunity for secondary schools from across Europe to come to Brussels to debate, negotiate, stand up for their beliefs and try to find a consensus in a simulated plenary session.
Published In: 2012 2 pages Cohesion policy - EESC Position Paper Cohesion policy is at the heart of Europe. It brings Europe closer together through investments that enhance growth, create jobs, and promote solidarity and cooperation in lesser developed regions.
Published In: 2012 6 pages The EESC and the Mediterranean The events of the «Arab Spring» and the political, social and economic changes that have resulted from them are today the main theme of relations between the European Union and the Mediterranean partner countries, and are likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.
The EESC’s mission both in the past and the present has been to involve socio-economic players and other civil society representatives in policymaking in the region. The EESC firmly believes that this is vital for the overall success of policies and is fully committed to developing the civil society dimension of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation.
Published In: 2012 6 pages The EESC and Latin America Relations between the EESC and Latin America have represented an important aspect of the work of the Section for External Relations for more than 10 years.
The EESC’s work with Latin America is pursued within the framework of the EU’s policies regarding the region. In practical terms, the EU-Latin America-Caribbean Bi-regional Strategic Partnership, unveiled by the European Commission in 2006, and the negotiations for Association Agreements with Central America, Colombia, Peru, Mercosur and the EU-Brazil Strategic Partnership, have prompted a parallel increase in work by organised civil society on both sides.
Published In: 2012 15 pages Your guide to the European Citizens’ Initiative "From April 2012, European citizens will enjoy a new right, which will give them a stronger voice in EU affairs when the European Citizens’ Initiative enters into force. From that moment on, they will be able to express their demands in a new, unprecedented way. By collecting one million signatures across Europe, they can call upon the European Commission to propose or change European legislation. The European Economic and Social Committee has been an advocate of citizens’ rights to participate since the beginning of the European project. This guide is to provide you with an idea of how to get involved."
Staffan Nilsson, President of the EESC Staffan Nilsson
Published In: 2012 40 pages Freedom of the Media in the EU and Neighbouring Countries Seminar organised by the EESC – 24 to 25 November, Cracow (Poland).
This brochure is a summary of discussions held at the 5th yearly Civil Society Media Seminar on 24-25 November in Kraków (Poland). This seminar, which focused on the media freedom, examined the mounting political and financial pressures that journalists increasingly work under and the impact of these pressures on the quality of journalism and on democracy.
Published In: 2012 116 pages The Social Economy in the European union Report drawn up for the European Economic and Social Committee by the International Centre of Research and Information on the Public, Social and Cooperative Economy (CIRIEC).
Published In: 2012
EU transport at a crossroads As a key aspect of a modern society, transport is vital to the smooth running of the European economy. In line with the White Paper entitled Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area, the TEN section recognises the need to optimise the transport system to meet the demands of EU competitiveness, social cohesion and sustainable development in order to complete the internal market.
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Immigration and integration - EESC Position Paper “Integration is a reality which migrants live at the workplace, at school, at the bus stop or the sports club. Because it is part of everyday life, civil society – which the EESC represents – has a vital role to play in promoting integration. This has been clearly recognised both by European institutions and civil society organisations which concretely consider the Committee as a bridge between the two of them.”
Luis Miguel Pariza Castaños, President of the Immigration and Integration (IMI) Standing Group