- 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.
The Council of Europe's Social Charter 50 years on: What next?Conference -
Paris, France The Council of Europe, the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of France (ESEC) and the EESC are holding on 23 September in Paris a joint conference called "The Council of Europe's Social Charter 50 years on: What next?".
A Single Market for a Social EuropeSeminar -
Stockholm, Sweden In the last half-century, Europe has undergone very significant economic integration. Borders have opened and, in many respects, a European single market is already a reality. The free movement of people, however, is lagging behind, thus demonstrating the need for more in-depth debate on the European Union’s social dimension. Can the EU help strengthen social values in a situation where many European countries face high unemployment, austerity measures and social exclusion in the wake of the financial crisis? Should the European Union be given a stronger social profile that has a more tangible impact on European citizens’ daily lives and thus on their attitude to the European venture? These are some of the questions we want to look at during this seminar, with the focus on the Swedish view on the issues raised.
Towards a more attractive vocational education and training systemPublic Hearing -
Berlin EESC vice-president Anna-Maria Darmanin, the German contact point of the EESC, Dr. Renate Heinisch and three EESC members discussed this topic with more than 100 participants representing German governmental and non-governmental organisations.
The seminar in Berlin at the premises of Representation of the European Union, jointly organised with the Netzwerk Europäische Bewegung Deutschland was based on the EESC's exploratory opinion on "Post-secondary Vocational Education and Training as an Attractive Alternative to Higher Education", an important European issue, especially in Germany, where it is currently subject to much debate.
Vocational education & trainingMaking post-secondary vocational education and training more attractive Public Hearing -
Brussels, Belgium This own-initiative opinion aims to clarify empirically how post-secondary vocational education and training (VET) can have an added value in terms of labour market, learning outcomes, opening new educational pathways and social mobility in the EU.