Published In: 2013 24 pages Report on the SOC strategy 2010-2013 Some of the results achieved by the SOC section are presented in this leaflet, with a specific focus on consultative work (including exploratory and own-initiative opinions) and events organised by the Committee.
Published In: 2013 6 pages European Year of Citizens 2013 The European Year of Citizens in 2013 is an unparalleled opportunity for the European
Economic and Social Committee (EESC) to underline the direct role of Europe’s 500 million citizens in building unity and prosperity, fostering integration and nurturing social solidarity.
Published In: 2012 84 pages Immigration: Integration and fundamental rights This booklet contains some of the European Economic and Social Committee's most recent opinions, representing its contribution to implementing immigration and integration policy across the European Union.
Published In: 2012 4 pages European Integration Forum The European Integration Forum is a dialogue platform established by the European Commission in 2009 in conjunction with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). The Forum has a maximum of 100 participants who meet twice a year in order to exchange information on the integration of thirdcountry nationals in the EU.
Published In: 2012
Immigration and integration “Integration is a reality which migrants live at the workplace, at school, at the bus stop or the sports club. Because it is part of everyday life, civil society – which the EESC represents – has a vital role to play in promoting integration. This has been clearly recognised both by European institutions and civil society organisations which concretely consider the Committee as a bridge between the two of them.”
Luis Miguel Pariza Castaños, President of the Immigration and Integration (IMI) Standing Group
Published In: 2012 2 pages Active ageing and solidarity between generations ”Ageing should not only be active, but also healthy, dignified and enjoyable. Hence, ‘active’ ageing should not be seen just as the possibility of prolonging working life or social involvement.”
EESC opinion on the European Year for Active Ageing
Published In: 2011 2 pages Demographic change: a challenge and an opportunity ”Let’s not talk about the formal retirement age. What is important is the value we attach to the time we spend at work. In a truly inclusive labour market with high quality work, people will want to – and will be able to – stay active longer. Satisfied people are more productive and this should be fully recognised as a key factor for growth.”
Leila Kurki, President of the EESC’s Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship Section
Published In: 2011 2 pages Europe 2020 and employment for young people The European Economic and Social Committee has thrown its weight behind the European Union’s efforts to help young people find their way into work. Youth unemployment is a tragic waste of potential, which not only undermines economic growth but could also have serious consequences for social cohesion in the future.
Published In: 2011 12 pages Section for employment, social affairs and citizenship (SOC) The SOC Section deals with a broad range of policy areas including employment and working conditions, social policy and integration, gender equality, disability issues, public health, justice and home affairs (including immigration), and education and training. The section’s activities cover the work of several Commission Directorates-General, European Parliamentary Committees and Council configurations.