European Parliament needs EESC to reach out to citizens, says Martin Schulz to EESC President Staffan Nilsson The EESC President Staffan Nilsson met the European Parliament President, Martin Schulz, to discuss ways to take the cooperation between the two institutions forward. On a general note and related to the crisis of confidence by the citizens in the EU, Martin Schulz considers the EESC as having an important role to play in reaching out to citizens through the grassroots civil society organisations the Committee represents and through all our advisory work.
21 Mar 2012
EESC President met the new EP president Martin Schulz The EESC President Staffan Nilsson met the president of the European Parliament Martin Schulz to prepare the next week EESC plenary where the latter will come to address our members for the first time in his new capacity.
4 Mar 2012 Ref: 009 / 2012 Towards a new legal framework for financial markets: the debate goes on at the EESC Recent 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.
5 Feb 2013Organisation: EESC, Speaker: Staffan Nilsson Staffan Nilsson`s speech at the Conference of Committee Chairs in Strasbourg Through its activities, the EESC commits itself to promoting the European project, and it is aware that the European integration process needs the support of ordinary Europeans. The EESC supports the EP in promoting active and participatory citizenship, and it is ready to cooperate with the Parliament to the next European elections in 2014. For example, the EESC would like to help raise public awareness of these elections and to encourage Europeans to take part, and it can do this through its own communication activities, in cooperation with the network of EU economic and social councils and similar institutions.