Rio+20 follow-up: European civil society contributions to the Commission's consultationPublic Hearing -
Brussels, EESC, JDE 62 meeting room, Belgium The European Economic and Social Committee is following up on its engagement to "bring Rio home". On 18 December the EESC organised together with the European Commission a public hearing in order to enhance the impact of the Commission's ongoing consultation on the EU follow-up to Rio+20 by giving civil society representatives the opportunity to discuss statements related to the questions raised in the consultation.
Speech Item16 Nov 2012Organisation: EESC, Speaker: Staffan Nilsson EMI Workshop “Lessons from the financial and economic crisis and its implications for the future of the EU”For the EESC, the EU first and foremost requires the necessary political will and a precise vision of substantially closer and better European integration. What we need is a comprehensive approach to sustainable growth and employment, a European plan for growth – a "New Deal" if you will – that should be launched with more involvement of civil society organisations.
Document Item7 Nov 2012
European Semester 2012 - Implication of organised civil societyFollowing the request from the European Commission and the Cypriot Presidency, the EESC launched a consultation of national ESCs / similar organisations regarding the involvement of social partners and civil society in the Europe 2020 Strategy and the 2012 European semester process.
Contributions received are gathered in a publication that will soon be finalised.
European Council 18 - 19 October 2012 The European Council reiterated its firm commitment to take resolute action to address financial market tensions, restore confidence and stimulate growth and jobs.
In particular, EU leaders welcomed progress on the Compact for Growth and Jobs and called for action to ensure its full and rapid completion. They also discussed the process towards completing the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), based on the interim report on EMU - main priority was the banking union.http://www.european-council.europa.eu/council-meetingsPublished on the 13 Nov 2012
EESC Conference: Step up for a stronger Europe! Civil society: a full partner in the Europe 2020 strategy – 25 September 2012 This major conference was an excellent opportunity for participants to assess and discuss the Europe 2020 strategy and identify innovative ideas for necessary strategic action in the creation of growth and jobs.
The outcome of the event - 30 concrete proposals - was a clear message to the European Council. STEP UP FOR EUROPE! Step up to restore trust in the economy and its financial structures. Step up to promote confidence in a comprehensive and dynamic European growth model. Step up to ensure legitimacy in the EU decision-making process. Step up to reach out to citizens and offer hope in the European project.http://www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en.events-and-activities-stronger-europe2020Published on the 29 Oct 2012
Press Release Item4 Oct 2012 Ref: 060 2012 Defending the social enterprises in Europe: A social model and millions of jobs at stakeSocial Europe can be translated into business opportunities and much-needed job creation. In the current crisis situation, where the number of people without a job or access to economic resources is steadily increasing, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) wants to strengthen growth, employment and competitiveness, through social enterprises while creating a more inclusive society that is in line with the Europe 2020 strategy.
Social Europe can be translated into business opportunities and much-needed job creation. In the current crisis situation, where the number of people without a job or access to economic resources is steadily increasing, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) wants to strengthen growth, employment and competitiveness, through social enterprises while creating a more inclusive society that is in line with the Europe 2020 strategy.
At the Conference Social Enterprises and the Europe 2020 Strategy: Innovative solutions for a sustainable Europe, held on 3 October in Brussels, the Various Interest Group of the EESC analysed the present and future of social enterprises in Europe. "Social enterprises have proven to be more resilient in the current crisis, and should therefore play a key role in Europe's exit strategy from the crises while contributing to a faster and fairer recovery. We call on national and European policy-makers to politically support the social economy and social enterprises, and to create a level-playing field which will unleash the potential of this key economic sector", stated Luca Jahier, President of the EESC Various Interests Group.
Press Release Item25 Sep 2012 Ref: 058 2012 A clear message for the October summit: Step up for EuropeThe European Economic and Social Committee President, Staffan Nilsson, gave a clear message today to the next European Council: step up for Europe! Step up to restore trust in the economy and its financial structures. Step up to promote confidence in a comprehensive and dynamic European growth model. Step up to ensure legitimacy in the EU decision-making process. Step up to reach out to citizens and offer hope in the European project.
These were the EESC President's summary conclusions at the end of a packed and high-level EESC conference today on Europe 2020 and how the strategy must step up and meet the needs of today and tomorrow's Europe. "More Europe makes economic sense. More Europe and Europe 2020 go together, they are mutually reinforcing" stressed Staffan Nilsson, and together with civil society representatives from throughout Europe called for decisive steps towards an Economic, Social and Political Union. This is meant to effectively pool resources, mutualise risks and leverage up job-intensive growth and the alleviation of poverty.
Speech Item25 Sep 2012Organisation: EESC, Speaker: Staffan Nilsson Step up for a stronger Europe- openingWhy this conference and why did we choose this title?
- because we need a stronger Europe to lift us out of this extremely serious crisis, in order to preserve what our developed societies have already achieved and establish the economic and social framework for the next generations;
- because the EESC believes that the 2020 strategy is and will continue to be the best framework for action
Speech Item21 Sep 2012Organisation: EESC, Speaker: Staffan Nilsson AER Crisis Summit and the Role of RegionsI am very grateful for this opportunity to address your Summit on the Crisis. I would like to share with you some ideas of the European Economic and Social Committee on how local, regional and national authorities can exit from it.
My first message today will be: yes, we can fix it by working together in full and genuine partnership with citizens.
My second message will be: in order to create the conditions for a return to growth and jobs, more Europe is needed, not less.