EESC President’s Statement on the State of the Union "What was inevitable has now been said: for the future of the EU, we must not be afraid to speak of a federation of nation-states and we must continue to deepen cooperation. Let us build it together and have the courage to turn a challenge into an opportunity. Europe needs vision and strong leadership. Mr Barroso has shown vision and leadership today in his State of the Union speech", states Mr Staffan Nilsson, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, in response to the European Commission's State of the Union address in the European Parliament today.
Commissioner Štefan Füle met the Czech EESC members This meeting was of a special importance - first of all because it was devoted to possible outcomes of the immediately forthcoming EU crisis summit, secondly because of ongoing changes in some Arab countries and their possible regional impacts. Also the Western Balkans issues were on the agenda as well as the recently held Civil Society Forum of the Eastern Partnership. Other important related issues were also touched. The meeting was held in an open atmosphere and working spirit. Both sides stressed the need for continuous cooperation. The role of the EESC was upheld during the meeting
Staffan Nilsson and the Commissioner talked about the increased global need for humanitarian aid and increased level of preparedness for natural disasters in the EU.
2012 will be the 20th anniversary of European humanitarian service and the Commissioner invited the EESC to take part in the anniversary activities.
18 Nov 2011
High level conference on social business and social economy On 18 November, the President of the European Economic and Social Committee, Staffan Nilsson, will participate in the high level conference on "Promoting social entrepreneurship in Europe", organised as a follow up to the European Commission "Social Business Initiative" Communication (IP/11/1238).
Speakers include: the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso and other European Commissioners (Michel Barnier and László Andor); government ministers from several Member States (Poland, United Kingdom, Denmark). A keynote speech will be delivered by Muhammad Yunus, Founder of Grameen Bank (Bangladesh) and Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2006. Sir Ronald Cohen, Chair of Big Society Capital Ltd. (UK) will take part in one of the panels.
24 Oct 2011
The EESC at the EU Multiannual Financial Framework Conference President Staffan Nilsson and six representatives of the three Groups participated on 20 and 21 October in the High-Level Conference on the European Union's Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2014-2020. The event was co-organised by the Polish Presidency, European Commission's Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) and the Directorate General for Budget, and the European Parliament.
On Thursday 20 October Staffan Nilsson met the Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Transport, Mr Siim Kallas. They discussed the current EESC work on the opinion on the White Paper "Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area" (TEN/454) which will be adopted at the October Plenary session in the presence of Mr Kallas.
The seminar in Berlin at the premises of the EU-Representation 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.