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.
Press Release Item4 Mar 2012 Ref: 009 / 2012 Towards a new legal framework for financial markets: the debate goes on at the EESCRecent developments in Europe's financial situation are now top priority on the agenda of the Member States and the European institutions - including the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). The plenary sessions in February and March provided the opportunity for civil society representatives to debate the economic and social impact of the current crisis with, among others, Commission president José Manuel Barroso, European Parliament president Martin Schulz and European Commissioner Joaquín Almunia.
Four important opinions concerning the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) and the regulation of financial markets were adopted, albeit not without a degree of controversy, during the March plenary session. EESC members successfully agreed on a common position after a fruitful debate.
Press Release Item27 Feb 2012 Ref: 010 2012 Growth, state aid and EurobondsOn 23 February, the president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Staffan Nilsson welcomed the vice-president of the European Commission responsible for competition policy Joaquín Almunia to the EESC's 478th plenary session. Mr Almunia expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to present the Commission's project for modernising state aid control to civil society representatives who work in Brussels to defend the interests of 500 million citizens across the EU. EESC members also adopted an opinion on growth and sovereign debt in the EU, with concrete proposals on Eurobonds and Union bonds that could not come at a more opportune moment.
Speech Item23 Feb 2012Speaker: EESC RÉSOLUTION du Comité économique et social européen sur la situation économique et sociale de l'Union européenneLors de sa session plénière des 22 et 23 février 2012 (séance du 22 février 2012), le Comité économique et social européen a exprimé sa vive préoccupation sur l'état de l'Union, a adressé un appel pressant aux institutions européennes et aux gouvernements des Etats membres afin qu'ils fassent tout ce qui est en leur pouvoir pour réaffirmer dans les faits la valeur absolue et indispensable de l'unité européenne et a adopté la présente résolution.
Speech Item22 Feb 2012Speaker: José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission Des décisions à la mise en oeuvreSpeech of José Manuel Barroso at the 478th plenary session of the EESC
Press Release Item21 Feb 2012 Ref: 007 2012 Civil Society representatives address the economic crisis with President Barroso and Vice-President AlmuniaThe 478th plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee, to be held on February 22-23, will address civil society's main concerns about the current economic crisis and its social consequences.
On Wednesday, President José Manuel Barroso is going to explain the European Commission's position on the Europe 2020 Strategy and outline the preparation of the Spring European Council. President Barroso and EESC President Staffan Nilsson will sign the renewed EC/EESC Cooperation Protocol. Also on Wednesday, President Nilsson will mark the mid-term of his mandate and look at challenges ahead.
On Thursday, the Vice-President of the European Commission Joaquín Almunia will discuss the reform of State aid with the EESC.
Commissioner Štefan Füle met the Czech EESC membersThis 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