Press Release Item13 Feb 2013 Ref: 11/2013 Debate with President Barroso on the new budget deal at the EESC plenaryThe European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will hold its next plenary session on 13 and 14 February. The session will include a debate with President Barroso on the recent 2014-2020 budget agreement on 13 February as well as a presentation of the Irish Presidency with the Minister for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton, and a debate with ECB Vice-President Vítor Constâncio on EU governance and banking situation on 14 February.
Press Release Item8 Feb 2013 Ref: 10/2013 EESC President's Statement on the EU Budget Deal - "A deal is struck but the outcome is disappointing!"It is good that a deal is struck, but the results are disappointing.
There is a mismatch between what the leaders of the EU Member States have agreed on the EU's long-term strategy for job-creation and policies for sustainable growth, innovation, education and research, and what they have agreed on how these policies are to be implemented. The EESC has consistently called for more Europe and has also been clear that we cannot have more Europe yet still pay less for it. This runs counter to the goal of inclusive growth and requires serious efforts to find long-term solutions, including (i) support from public funds for inclusive jobs, (ii) innovation, with the aim of maintaining an active labour market, and (iii) retraining activities, with the aim of adapting education to the future needs of the job market.
Press Release Item22 Nov 2012 Ref: 072 2012 The EU budget is an investment budget – the EESC president reminds decision- makers meeting today at the EU CouncilAs the EU decision-makers meet today and tomorrow to discuss the way EU money will be spent over the next financial period, the EESC president renews his call to the Member States to decide on a robust EU budget, underpinned by an own-resource mechanism. The EU budget must support a strong and sustainable common agricultural policy (CAP) and a single cohesion policy, and must foster innovation and research which are drivers for bringing the EU back to sustainable growth and job creation. Economic and social stakeholders from the EESC say yes to trimming EU expenses, and no to trimming EU’s money for investment!
Press Release Item16 Nov 2012 Ref: 071 2012 Budget pac: La Société civile n'en veut pas moinsL'avis du CESE s'oppose aux réductions qui viennent d'être proposées au Conseil
Dans son avis 58/2012, le Comité économique et social européen réitère son appel au Parlement, au Conseil et à la Commission en faveur du maintien d'un budget solide pour la PAC, c'est-à-dire un budget d'ampleur au moins égale à celui de la période budgétaire en cours.
Le CESE approuve l'effort fourni afin de réduire l'écart entre le niveau des aides reçues par les agriculteurs dans les différents États membres. Les principales caractéristiques de la future PAC en matière de redistribution des ressources financières entre les États membres devraient être l'équilibre, l'équité et le pragmatisme, ainsi que la prise en compte de la diversité agricole de l'UE.
News Item6 Nov 2012
President Nilsson calls on Cohesion Ministers to endorse the partnership principle for a more efficient use of EU budgetPresident Nilsson called on Cohesion Ministers today to endorse the partnership principle for a more efficient use of EU budget!
At a crucial time in the negotiations on the proposed financial and regulatory framework for the EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020, the Cyprus Presidency organised a debate on Cohesion Policy issues amongst competent Ministers from Member States and other European countries. High level representatives from EU Institutions and other EU organizations participated in this debate.
Press Release Item6 Nov 2012 Ref: 065 2012 EESC calls on Cohesion Ministers to endorse the partnership principle for a more efficient use of the EU budgetThe EESC President Staffan Nilsson called on Member States to endorse the partnership principle in the cohesion policy and to adopt a European Code of Conduct on Partnership, as proposed by the Commission in the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 package. At the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Cohesion Policy in Nicosia today, the EESC President emphasised the role of civil society in the implementation of the cohesion policy, as a significant element of the partnership principle and as a prerequisite for getting real results at regional and local levels. Staffan Nilsson voiced the EESC's concerns about the Council's weakening of the European Commission's proposals on partnership and the deletion of a reference to a European Code of Conduct on Partnership.
Partnership with regional and local authorities as well as with organised civil society is a fundamental principle underlying the EU's cohesion policy. In its recommendations to the Commission the Committee states clearly that the impact of EU cohesion projects is strengthened significantly where there is a strong partnership involvement. "Cohesion policy is the only tool which allows and enables the EU to manifest itself at regional, local and citizen level. It is also the main tool that the EU has for investing in the real economy and contributing to growth and job creation against the backdrop of the Europe 2020 strategy", as Mr Nilsson pointed out to EU Member State representatives. This message was also endorsed and reinforced by the President of the Committee of the Regions, Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso, who stated that "cohesion policy is an essential tool for the economic recovery and it is important to ensure effective coordination between cohesion policy and the European Semester while applying the multilevel governance approach to the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy".