Published In: 2013 2 pages European policy in support of SMEs - EESC Position paper Entrepreneurial policy must stimulate the creation of all forms of enterprise. The emergence of freelance and craft businesses, the professions, family businesses and cooperatives or social enterprises should also be encouraged.
Gonçalo Lobo Xavier, rapporteur on "Reigniting the entrepreneurial spirit in Europe"
Published In: 2013 12 pages EESC priorities during the Lithuanian presidency Given the ongoing crisis, Europe is faced with a major challenge which it must address successfully: to restore public trust in its ability to act in their interest and in the general European interest. In the run-up to the European Parliament elections in May 2014, the overall direction provided by the Lithuanian presidency will be essential in renewing ties with the public.
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 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 36 pages The priorities of the European Economic and Social Committee during the Danish Presidency The Council of the European Union brings together ministerial representatives of the governments of the EU Member States, meeting in various formations according to the policy area under discussion. The Council’s legislative and political decisions are prepared by a large number of specialised working parties and are fed upwards through the Permanent Representatives Committee to the Council itself. Member State governments in turn chair the Council’s various meetings and represent the Council vis-à-vis the EU’s other institutions and the European Union vis-à-vis the larger world. These presidencies of the Council of the European Union traditionally establish a set of broad political priorities and a work programme.
The Kingdom of Denmark holds the Presidency for the first half of 2012. Its priorities can be found at http://EU2012.dk
This publication sets out some of the major activities of the European Economic and Social Committee during the period of the Danish Presidency from January to June 2012.
Published In: 2011 36 pages The European Economic and Social Committee during the Polish Presidency "I welcome and support the first time ever Polish EU presidency! With the Lisbon Treaty having gone into eff ect not long ago, and in the middle of national budgets’ crisis and global challenges, Poland will play a leading role among EU member states between July and December 2011. The European Economic and Social Committee is there to advise and support the Polish EU residency, based on the grassroots experience of its members and on its long-standing tradition of cooperation with EU presidencies."
Staffan Nilsson, President of the EESC Staffan Nilsson
Published In: 2011 64 pages The EESC in 2010-2013 - A bridge between Europe and organised civil society "After more than fifty years of the EESC fulfilling its mission as advisory body to the EU institutions, I find this superb metaphor of the Committee as a bridge or, better still, a bridge-builder, to be increasingly apt. What we do here is provide a link between the EU institutions and the people of Europe represented on the Committee by their employers, trade unions and various associations. Our “bridging” role is two-fold: we connect EU legislators and regulators to the Member States’ expertise, acquired at grassroots level, and furthermore we also strive to reach out to more citizens’ organisations at European and national level."
Staffan NILSSON, Former President of the European Economic and Social Committee (2010-2013)
Published In: 2011 28 pages President’s work programme and priorities for 2010-2013 "Dialogue and participation. Sustainability and growth. Solidarity and development.
These are the priorities of my presidency, which will form the scope of the Committee’s actions, together with the sections’ work programmes."
(Staffan Nilsson, President of the European Economic and Social Committee)