European Year of Citizens 20139:00-13:00, EESC Building, room JDE 51, 99, Rue Belliard, 1040 Brussels Public Hearing -
Brussels, Belgium The European Commission has suggested designating 2013 as the "European Year of Citizens". The European Economic and Social Committee is drawing up an opinion on this proposal. The Committee would like to give every European citizen, NGO, enterprise, trade union etc. an opportunity to contribute to its opinion, which will be sent to the European Parliament, Commission and Council once it has been adopted.
The Economic Crisis, Education and the Labour MarketConference -
Brussels, EESC, 99 Rue Belliard, Room JDE 52, Belgium Europe is undergoing a far-reaching financial, economic and social crisis, with thousands of companies going out of business, higher unemployment, falling salaries, budget cuts in social security systems, rising poverty and social exclusion. The difficult labour market situation has had and is continuing to have detrimental effects on the very fabric of society. Preserving the European Social Model requires society as a whole to make a collective effort, demonstrating solidarity with people excluded from the labour market but also with future generations.
Migrant entrepreneurs' contribution to the EU economySOC section - Permanent Study Group on Immigration and Integration Public Hearing -
Brussels, Belgium In the framework of its work on the integration of immigrants, the EESC held a hearing at the Committee buildings on the topic of Migrant entrepreneurs' contribution to the EU economy.
European Integration Forum – 6th meetingThe Involvement of countries of origin in the integration process Conference -
Brussels, Belgium The European Integration Forum – the dialogue platform on integration of immigrants – met for the sixth time on 9-10 November 2011 in the EESC premises. The main theme of this meeting was: 'Involvement of countries of origin in the integration process’.
Employee volunteeringPublic Hearing -
Brussels, Belgium This hearing will be dedicated to the Employee volunteering as well as to summarising the work that took place during the European Year of Volunteering 2011. The conclusions of the hearing will feed directly into the final report summing up the activities during European Year of Volunteering 2011 and will help put forward proposals to European decision-makers.
- Overcoming the crisis - Towards a policy programme for sustainable recoveryExtraordinary joint meeting of the ECO and SOC Sections and the Europe 2020 Steering Committee Meeting -
Brussels, Belgium The financial crisis in Europe has profound consequences both for economic and social stability in general and for the economic governance and social solidarity of the EU structure as a whole. This is why the Bureau of the European Economic and Social Committee decided to convene an extraordinary joint meeting of the ECO and SOC Sections and our Europe 2020 Steering Committee in order thoroughly to assess the situation, update and re-focus on what the EU must do to alleviate the crisis and restore growth, stability and cohesion.
Annual convention of the European Platform against Poverty and Social ExclusionThe first Annual Convention of the "European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion" held in Cracow on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Conference -
Cracow, Poland On 17 October the European Commission and the Polish Presidency will hold in Cracow the first Convention of the 7th flagship initiative of the Europe 2020 Strategy: the "European Platform against poverty and social exclusion", which aims at creating a "dynamic framework " to fight poverty during the next 10 years and, in particular, to reach the poverty reduction target of, at least, lesser 20 million people facing poverty by 2020.
- Building a dynamic national, regional and local engagement in the fight against povertyPublic Hearing -
Lisbon, Portugal The Steering Committee of Europe 2020 charged the rapporteurs of opinions on this strategy's flagship initiatives to organise two "going local" events. For the follow-up of the opinion on "The European Platform Against Poverty and Social Exclusion" the chosen countries are Portugal and Denmark for their contrasting situations. A small delegation will organise informal hearings on the objectives of reducing poverty and the practical implementation of the National Reform Programmes of both countries. The outcomes of these hearings will flow into a report to be published by the EESC in June 2012.