Published In: 2010 21 pages Evaluation of the Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship Strategy 2008-2010 "In 2008, the SOC Bureau decided to set out a relatively comprehensive strategy for the work of the SOC Section during the 2008-2010 mandate. The purpose of this strategy was to a) structure the work of the Section in order to make it more forceful and find priorities for actions and own-initiative opinions, b) help the Section President, the bureau and the secretariat carry out their duties, c) make the work of the SOC Section more visible within the Committee, d) bring the work of the SOC Section to the attention of citizens in the Member States, e) highlight the role of the SOC Section in relation to the Commission, the Council (including the presidencies) and the European Parliament, f) commit members of the SOC Bureau and the SOC Section to the work of the Section, g) pinpoint ways of creating synergy between the SOC Section and other EESC Sections and Observatories through cooperation, and h) strengthen cooperation between the SOC Section and other EU bodies (Eurofound, Cedefop etc.) and other international organisations such as the ILO.(...)"
Published In: 2010 6 pages The EESC and the Mediterranean "The EESC maintains regular contact with economic and social councils in those partner countries that have them and supports their efforts to develop their consultative function vis-à-vis their governments. It is vitally important that governments consult civil society during the process of drafting and implementing policies to guarantee their success. In February 2010, the EESC took the initiative of inviting the presidents of the economic and social councils in the partner countries to participate in a plenary session of the EESC in order to further strengthen cooperation. (...)
The EESC is also cooperating with its counterparts to reinforce dialogue between civil society networks operating in the Euromed region, such as the Union of Mediterranean Confederations of Enterprises (BusinessMed), the Euromed Trade Union Forum and the Euromed social economy network (ESMED). It supports and facilitates discussion between these networks on the prospects for developing social dialogue at Euromed level."
Published In: 2010 8 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, Mercosur and the Andean Community, have prompted a parallel increase in work by organised civil society on both sides to accompany these relations.
In part thanks to the EESC’s efforts, the more robust structures built up by economic, social and civil society organisations in Latin America has led to relations between civil society on both continents being deepened and put on a more regular footing. (...)"
Published In: 2010 6 pages Pharmaceutical package - the EESC stance The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted four opinions on the safety of pharmaceutical products at its plenary session on 10 and 11 June 2009 claiming patients' simplified access to full and reliable information on medicines and to a more effective pharmacovigilance. It also called for free movement of medicines and for the completion of a Single Market in the pharmaceuticals sector.
Published In: 2010 19 pages Mario Sepi's Term as President: European Economic and Social Committee "Mario Sepi’s term as president of the EESC
has been marked by an extremely complex
economic situation created by the financial,
economic and social crises of these last years,
not to mention worsening poverty and
marginalisation and, one positive event,
the Lisbon Treaty’s entry into force. ..."
Published In: 2010 79 pages Immigration: integration and fundamental rights "Immigration is one of the most important social and economic issues of our time. Women and men from far-off lands are forced to leave their homes in search of better and more acceptable standards of living for themselves and their families. When they get to Europe, the situation they land in is often difficult, particularly in these troubled times. This means that what could and should be a positive meeting of diverse peoples and cultures often ends up being a source of incomprehension, fear and tension. For this coming together to be genuinely mutually-enriching there is a need for rules, financing and policies that make the concepts surrounding integration real and practical. The European Economic and Social Committee has always paid a great deal of attention to these issues and to the promotion of integration policies."
Mario Sepi, President of the EESC
Published In: 2010
Contribution of the EESC on European Innovation policy Among other things, the Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption draws up opinions on research and development in the European Union, new technologies and innovation. This brochure describes some of the Section's recent work in these fields, giving an overview of the subjects which it has discussed.
Published In: 2010 6 pages Higher Education and Entrepreneurship For European society to survive and compete in the new global economy, its citizens need to become more entrepreneurial. Universities and businesses are key drivers in this process. Therefore, close cooperation between higher education institutions and companies should be stepped up across Europe.
Published In: 2010 32 pages The priorities of the European Economic and Social Committee during the Belgian Presidency The Belgian Presidency of the EU will have the task of leading Europe during a tough period of economic and social crisis which poses a particularly difficult challenge for the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty.
The European Economic and Social Committee is strongly engaged in this process. It will continue to assist the EU institutions by paying close attention to economic and social problems, following the "road map" for recovery that the Committee launched in March and the EESC biennial conference in Florence on "Education to combat social exclusion". In the context of these very serious problems, one area of work which will be at the core of our actions and reflections is the implementation of participatory democracy. As a body that catalyses the demands and needs of European civil society, the Committee must play its role to the full in order to make participatory democracy a concrete and more effective reality. Our Biennial Conference, which involved hundreds of civil society organisations at European and local level, was a very good example of how the new rules of the Lisbon Treaty are being applied in this field.