Plenary session - 22-23 May 2013Plenary Session -
European Parliament - József Antall building - Room JAN 4Q2, Belgium The EESC is hosting its 490th Plenary Session on 22-23 May 2013 with 2 major thematic debates: "One Single Tariff" and "Getting young people into work. Best practice"
Towards legal, safe and regulated online gambling: utopia or reality?Brussels, Belgium The Section for Single Market, Production and Consumption of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has organised a Public Hearing "Towards legal, safe and regulated online gambling: utopia or reality?" in the context of drafting the opinion on the Commission Communication on "Towards a comprehensive European framework for online gambling [COM(2012) 596 final]" on 9 April 2013.
Facing SMEs Financing Challenges in Turbulent TimesConference -
EESC, Rue Belliard 99, 1040 Brussels (JDE 62), Belgium The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the International Confederation of Popular Banks (CIBP), the European Association of Co-operative Banks and UEAPME will be organizing a conference on Access to finance for SMEs in Brussels on 8 March 2013.
As pointed out in the EESC opinion on the "Action Plan on Access to finance for SMEs" adopted in September 2012, the financial crisis has halved Europe’s growth potential. Many investment plans, talents and ideas risk not being realized because of uncertainty, sluggish demand and lack of funding.
The internal market and state aid for the regionsPublic Hearing -
EESC - VM3, Rue van Maerlant 2, 1040 Brussels, Belgium On Tuesday, 29 January 2013, the Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption organised a Public Hearing in the framework of the elaboration of its own-initiative opinion on "The internal market and State aid for the regions". The opinion aims to put forward a new proposal to update the current reference model and make the system of regional aid more effective and coherent. The purpose of this public hearing is to ensure the direct involvement of civil society organisations in support of the Committee's stated aims.
Mobilising European SMEs policy for Malta: Lessons learned, current challenges and future opportunitiesConference -
La Valetta, Malta The EESC is organising a conference on "Mobilising European SMEs policy for Malta: Lessons learned, current challenges and future opportunities" in Malta, at the Representation of the European Commission in La Valetta on 25 January 2013.
Supporting SMEs is, in the EESC's view, one of the highest priorities to exit the crisis and recover economic growth. It is therefore important to back SME initiatives aiming at promoting entrepreneurship and creating a friendly business environment for them.
The Single Market 20 years on - What's in it for the UK?Conference -
London, United Kingdom To mark the 20th anniversary of the Single Market, the European Commission Representation Office in the UK together with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organised a conference on "The Single Market 20 years on - What's in it for the UK?" with the participation of Christine Dalby, Acting Head of the European Commission Representation in London, and Staffan Nilsson, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, to discuss the UK's role and future in the Single Market. Guest speakers include Lord Brittan of Spennithorne, former Vice-President of the European Commission, and Malcolm Harbour, MEP, Chair of the Committee for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection of the European Parliament.
The Social Dimension of the Single MarketPublic Hearing -
Nicosia, Cyprus The Single Market Observatory (SMO) organised a public hearing in Nicosia on the Social Dimension of the Single Market within the framework of the Single Market Week.
E-procurement – new challenges and opportunitiesPublic Hearing -
EESC, Brussels, Belgium On 13 September 2012, the Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption organised a Public Hearing on the Commission’s Communication ''A strategy for e-procurement''. The debate was concentrated on already existing solutions on e-procurement, as well as on opportunities and barriers in different Member States. The aim of this public hearing was to hear the views of stakeholders and interested parties