Published In: 2012 2 pages Croatia - EESC Position paper On 1 July 2013, Croatia will become the 28th Member State of the European Union. The country's accession comes 10 years after it first applied for EU membership in 2003.
Published In: 2012 12 pages Europa or The Fabulous Fate of Heroes of Mythical Tales Partners of the EUNIC network of European cultural institutes (European Union National Institutes for Culture) were asked to suggest national tales and stories. Constance Félix was inspired by some of them to write a 'European tale', in which the various stories and characters of European folklores cross.
Published In: 2012 84 pages Immigration: Integration and fundamental rights This booklet contains some of the European Economic and Social Committee's most recent opinions, representing its contribution to implementing immigration and integration policy across the European Union.
Published In: 2012 74 pages The social economy in the European Union Undoubtedly, the social economy is a sector which makes a significant contribution to employment creation, sustainable growth and to a fairer income and wealth distribution. It is a sector which is able to combine profi tability with social inclusion and democratic systems of governance, working alongside the public and private sectors in matching services to needs. Crucially, it is a sector which has weathered the economic crisis much better that others and is increasingly gaining recognition at the European level.
Published In: 2012 12 pages A citizens-orientated approach to the Single Market The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted in February 2012 an opinion on “A people-orientated, grassroots approach to the Single Market”. In parallel, the EFTA Consultative Committee (EFTA CC) adopted an opinion on “A citizen’s approach to the Single Market” which focuses on the need to promote the awareness and confidence of workers, business and consumers in the Single Market. The EFTA CC and the SMO stressed the importance of a coordinated effort by all 30 EEA States to increase citizens’ participation in the Single Market.
Published In: 2012 28 pages Obstacles to the European Single Market After 20 years of existence, the Single Market is still a work in progress. While a number of barriers have been abolished, new ones have appeared. It is therefore important to track developments in this area, take stock of the remaining obstacles and set up a road map for the Single Market to operate smoothly in the interest of all.
Published In: 2012 56 pages Taking stock of the recommendations of the European Economic and Social Committee on Single Market policies The aim of this document is to highlight the contribution of Europe’s civil society organisations represented at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on the Single Market debate. The EESC has been closely following the Single Market from the civil society perspective and set up its Single Market Observatory (SMO) in 1994 to this effect. This summary of the Committee's opinions related to Single Market policies is based on the input from the Monti, Grech and Herzog reports and allows for a global vision of civil society's pluralist, fact-based contribution to shaping Europe's future.
Published In: 2012 6 pages Investment in improving the environment Investment in improving the environment and remediation of environmental damage. Comparative study of different measures funded through the use of economic environmental instruments. Key messages.
Published In: 2012 2 pages ‘Non-Europe’: Counting the cost of stalled European integration - EESC Position Paper “Contrary to the populist ideas being voiced in certain political quarters in numerous EU countries, current economic problems are not related to excesses by eurocrats in Brussels, but to the fact that European integration is fundamentally incomplete.” Georgios Dassis, rapporteur, avis du CESE «Pour une analyse actualisée du coût de la non-Europe»