Published In: 2012 2 pages Civil society in the southern Mediterranean «In the Euro-Mediterranean region, 2012 and beyond will be about dealing with realities on the ground and turning the political will for transition into positive results for the people. We need to help them with measures that are directly relevant to the challenges they are facing. This has led the EESC to explore new avenues to ensure that local civil society can make its voice heard and respected in decision-making at national level and in the countries’ relations with the EU.»
Dimitris Dimitriadis, president of the EESC Euromed Follow-Up Committee
Published In: 2012 56 pages Shaping Europe: Recent EESC achievements The European Economic and Social Committee: a meaningful player in EU and global affairs.
The financial crisis, the EU 2020 strategy (Europe’s core programme for restoring growth and prosperity) and the long-term budget to cover EU initiatives over the next decade: all these challenges make the input and involvement of organised civil society, through the European Economic and Social Committee, more relevant now than ever.
Published In: 2012 6 pages The EESC and the EU’s Eastern Neighbours The EU’s policy towards its eastern neighbours consists of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP)complemented by the Eastern Partnership (EaP) and the Black Sea Synergy initiatives. This policy has both multilateral and bilateral dimensions and its main objective is to increase political stability and economic prosperity in the region through reforms, while also enhancing regional security and conflict resolution through increased regional cooperation.
Published In: 2012 33 pages The European Economic and Social Committee during the Cyprus Presidency This publication sets out some of the major activities of the European Economic and Social Committee during the period of the Cyprus Presidency from July to December 2012.
In today’s difficult times, Cyprus’ motivation and commitment to making a long-term contribution to European integration, is indispensable. These are just a few of the credentials that enable us to feel confident that the Cyprus Presidency will be a success.
Published In: 2012 6 pages Welcome to the city bees! In May 2012, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions welcomed to their premises some unusual new partners: two beehives were installed on the Committees’ rooftop terrace. The initiative aims to increase urban biodiversity and sends a message of hope for the future of our bees and natural ecosystems.
Published In: 2012 6 pages Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption Completion of the Single Market is one element necessary for the European venture to succeed. The EESC has a key role to play here, for the good of both consumers and business. To this end, the EESC set up a Single Market Observatory (SMO) in 1994, with the support of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council. The SMO is made up of 33 members representing European civil society organisations. Its aim is to monitor how the Single Market operates in practice, identify where the problems are and help legislators remedy existing shortcomings.
Published In: 2012 74 pages 2011 European Design Award for a Sustainable Present Innovation is the key to the future of a prosperous and sustainable Europe, and our young talented Europeans are the drivers of such innovation.
With the EESC Design Eleven – 2011 European Design Award for a Sustainable Present, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has addressed the reality of Europe today and has supported practical and functional ideas for Europeans. In this way it is helping to both protect the environment and improve the quality of life for people in Europe.
Published In: 2012 6 pages The EESC in the African, Caribbean and Pacific – European Union partnership Since the 1970s, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has been involved in ACP-EU relations and has organised regular meetings with economic and social interest groups from the ACP countries. These meetings have provided an opportunity to discuss the concerns and priorities of these actors and to forward recommendations to the relevant political authorities at the national, regional and international level.
Published In: 2012 4 pages EESC messages for Rio+20 Based on an intensive civil society dialogue the EESC contributed to establishing the EU's position on Rio+20. In February 2012, the major EESC conference Go sustainable, be responsible! European civil society on the road to Rio+20, sent out a list of messages to take on board at Rio+20 and called on our political leaders to step up their efforts to arrive to an ambitious outcome at the UN conference.
Published In: 2012 9 pages Section for External Relations In recent years, the international relations of the European Union have opened up to new actors from civil society, and the international agreements signed by the EU include arrangements on an almost systematic basis aiming to establish dialogue at civil society level. In its capacity as institutional representative of European organised civil society, the European Economic and Social Committee’s role is therefore evolving. Nevertheless, its core task remains that of supporting the EU’s external activities by conducting a dialogue with the civil society organisations of the non-EU countries and geographical groupings with which the EU has formal relations.