Published In: 2013 55 pages The impact of the crisis on civil society organisations in the EU - Risks and opportunities This study addresses questions concerning the state of the Civil Society and how Civil Society Organisations have been affected by the Financial Crisis. Through analysis of data gathered from various reports and other documentation, in-depth interviews with a number of individual representatives from different organisations and thought-leaders in the field, and results of a questionnaire survey, this study reveals a diversity of responses from the broad field of civil society in Europe.
Published In: 2013 2 pages The challenge of climate change - EESC Position paper "The international climate change negotiations should be a forum in which countries encourage each other forwards, not hold each other back." Lutz Ribbe, President, EESC Sustainable Development Observatory
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: 2013 8 pages Meet Croatia In July 2013 it became the first country to join the EU since 2007 and the second Balkan country emerging from the former Yugoslavia to do so, after Slovenia.
Published In: 2013 6 pages Presentation 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.