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Staffan Nilsson's Comment (former EESC President 2010-2013) - page 6

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EU’s value for money

28 Mar 2011

By: Staffan Nilsson

At the Spring Council, Member States took a useful step forward in the building of Europe. By formally recognising in their conclusions the role of all the players in the new reform framework – the European Semester, the EU Member States have extended the circle of contributors to Europe 2020. "In implementing these policies, and in order to ensure wide ownership, close cooperation will be maintained with the European Parliament and other EU institutions and advisory bodies (ESC, CoR), with the full involvement of national parliaments, social partners, regions and other stakeholders." (From The conclusions of the European Council 24/25 March 2011, point I.6.) Admittedly, civil society's contribution to decision-making and reforms is already recognised in the regular work programme with the European institutions. The Council formally acknowledges that without grassroots players taking ownership of reforms - without the people who build the daily reality of Europe: employers, employees and other various interests’ groups - political decision-makers run the risk of making serious mistakes. Such recognition was long overdue, and I welcome it! Read More...

Compromise for a smart Europe

17 Mar 2011

By: Staffan Nilsson

The European Commission has set its target for 2020: an intelligent and sustainable Europe. It has also created a clear and coherent framework – the Europe 2020 strategy, which has exerted enormous political leverage. It is up to each and every one of us, citizens, civil society actors, regions, governments and politicians to act on it now and make it a reality. Starting with the single market, which the EESC has studied and for which it has submitted a list of priorities to the Commission. Civil society is working on making Europe 2020 a reality. The EESC is bringing its guarantee of balanced expertise to the social and economic aspects of 2020, based on compromise. Isn't that what we need right now for smart policies? Read More...
Now that the Roadmap for a low-carbon economy by 2050 has been launched by the European Commission, the EU needs to take tangible, innovative steps to switch to a greener low-carbon economy. That is easier said than done. Read More...

Are we on the Arab democratic wave?

1 Mar 2011

By: Staffan Nilsson

What we are witnessing in Libya is a dictator who has clung to power for more than 40 years now organising military forces to attack his own people. We should have reacted to this uprising and bloodshed before now, instead of collaborating with such a mad man. Europe could have monitored human rights more closely and we should have spoken with one voice. Clearly! We have not enough supported development of democracy and human rights so far! Read More...

Think small first… but act big

24 Feb 2011

By: Staffan Nilsson

With 23 million small and medium-sized enterprises as potential providers of growth and jobs in the European recovery process, I wonder why the Small Business Act (SBA) for Europe still cannot rally all Member States to act big, no matter how small the first steps might be. Short-term measures are useful; but they must go hand-in-hand with long-term innovative and sustainable action. The European Commission got it right in adopting the Social Business Initiative, which pursues a cross-policy approach, but the Small Business Act fails to address the issues of education and youth.


It takes two to tango

17 Feb 2011

By: Staffan Nilsson

Staffan Nilsson and Mercedes Bress, President of the Commitee of the Regions art the 469th plenary session 16.02.2011
It's a general truth that it takes two to tango. It is high time to think the same about the partnership principle in cohesion policy. The principle of genuine and flexible partnership with local authorities on one side, and social partners and other civil society organisations on the other side, when using cohesion policy funds is a commitment shared by the EESC and the Committee of the Regions. Why are the other institutions ignoring the fact that solo tangos are just not on... Read More...
Following the adoption of a position paper on the future financial perspectives by the European Parliament's ALDE group last week, the President of the EESC has issued the following statement: The European Economic and Social Committee: a growing role and good value for money! Read More...

EESC President’s statement on media freedom

19 Jan 2011

By: Staffan Nilsson

EESC President Staffan Nilsson calls on European Commission and Hungarian government to involve press and publishers’ associations in the assessment and debate of media freedom in Hungary. Read More...
The EESC welcomes the much expected communication on the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion as the flagship initiative specifically aimed at achieving an inclusive growth and at taking 20 million Europeans out of poverty by 2020. "The Commission's approach to improve social conditions in a sustainable way and to deliver on the Europe 2020 strategy targets with every single anti-poverty measure is exactly what the EESC's advises for tackling poverty", says president Staffan Nilsson. Read More...

Let me introduce myself

21 Oct 2010

By: Staffan Nilsson

Portrait of Staffan Nilsson, President of the EESC 2010-2013 Read More...

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