Representatives of European organised civil society have put forward their proposals as part of the preparation by the Commission of its 2017 Work Programme. While regretting the result of UK citizens' vote to leave the EU, the EESC asks for a rapid start to the negotiations with the UK in order to respond to the present uncertainty about the future of the EU and it demands to be fully involved in the negotiation process with the UK. Taking account of these events and of the public perception in several other Member States towards the European project, the EESC considers that the European Commission must work to restore a spirit of solidarity and responsibility, and regain public support. The Committee has identified three strategic political priorities around which the Commission should focus its 2017 Work Programme, namely strengthening the economic and social cohesion of the EU, the EU's global role and citizens' ownership of the EU.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is extremely honoured to be celebrating the centenary of the birth of the renowned Bulgarian opera singer, Boris Christoff, in association with Bulgaria’s Minister of Culture, the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Bulgaria to the European Union and UNESCO.
Boris Christoff is widely considered to be one of the 20th century’s greatest basses and one of its most intense and moving voices. Born in Bulgaria, he embarked on a career in law before entering the world of opera. He found success in Italy and was a true European, who witnessed some of Europe’s darkest moments.
The EESC is keen to play a part in keeping alive and promoting the memory of luminaries from European civil society and figures who have marked Europe’s cultural life, by making people aware of their life and work. In this case, in view of Boris Christoff’s talent and presence and the universal power of music, this undertaking will undoubtedly be crowned with success.
This publication is part of a series of catalogues published in the context of the exhibitions organized by the EESC.
On 13 and 14 February 2014, over 150 civil society representatives gathered at the EESC to discuss their positions on a global Post-2015 framework for sustainable development. Participants from local, regional and national authorities, EU and UN level policy-makers, social partners, environment, development, human rights, agriculture and consumer organisations; industry, business and academia brought a wealth of perspectives into the debate. This summary of key points, prepared by the Conference organisers, will be brought to the attention of EU decision-makers in order to contribute to the formulation of a strong EU negotiating position on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Mr Santucci's pictures portray the masterpieces of Greek art, which are kept in several Italian museums and the Valley of the Temples. In this valley close to Agrigento, the master architects of Great Greece built a splendid example of their power to re-create the grandeur of Athens throughout the world. Their ideals of beauty, harmony and balance have moved generations and influenced contemporary artists such as the sculptor Igor Mitoraj, who has created an art installation of Greek masterpieces, placing them close to the valley's archaeological remains. This exhibition seeks to demonstrate the magical link between past and present, and to share part of Greece's heritage through the powerful images.
The NAT section prepares the EESC’s work in two key areas of EU policy: agriculture and rural development, as well as the environment.
What if some of the EU’s complicated procedures were turned into a game – fun to play but challenging as well – that you could download onto your smartphone, tablet or laptop?
The Committee points out that despite it promising opportunities, the on-going crisis means that ship owners and Ship Maintenance, Repair and Conversion (SMRC) shipyards are facing financing bottlenecks making business conditions difficult for companies and ever greater competition from third countries. SMRC sub-sector should work closely with the maritime value chain with the aim of raising its profile and obtaining support from the EU, the Member States and regions.
The 16 th edition of the European Consumer Day will be held in Thessaloniki on 14 March 2014.
Even in times of crisis consumers have their rights. Those rights are legally binding and even a long-lasting crisis cannot be used as an excuse for the lack of enforcement. What challenges lie ahead of policy makers in the field of consumer protection? Are enforcement bodies efficient enough or are consumer rights just a mirage in those difficult times? How to fight overindebtedness and financial exclusion?
Since its launch in 2010 the Europe 2020 Steering Committee has worked on all the main aspects of the Europe 2020 strategy. This publication outlines its main positions on seven flagships.
Part of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (known by its French acronym of CCMI*) examines changes in industry across a wide range of sectors.