It was an excellent occasion to discuss their latest contributions on the involvement of social partners and civil society in the 2012 European Semester.
Delegates from 8 national ESCs (Belgium, France, Greece, Spain, Italy, Romania, Finland, the Netherlands) and Ms Liina Carr, Estonian member of the Steering Committee gave a presentation on the situation of their country.
A lively debate took place. Members expressed their precise views on the content of these recommendations, touching also upon the issue of the consultation process in the drafting – at national level - of National Reform Programmes.
Other points on the agenda related to the external aspect of Europe 2020 and the contribution of trade to growth and jobs. The meeting was also an occasion to hear EESC rapporteurs presenting their work in sections ECO, SOC and REX.
23 Mar 2012
8th meeting of the Europe 2020 Steering Committee - 23 March 2012 This meeting took place in presence of representatives from Economic and Social Councils from Portugal, Belgium, Finland, Malta, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, who updated the Steering Committee on their implication in the drafting of National Reform programmes and on the preparation, by the Commission, of Country specific policy recommendations.
A lively debate took place between representatives of national ESCs about their respective implication in the European Semester. Overall, stakeholders consultation seems to progress and national Councils seem to be more intensively involved at national level.
The meeting was also an occasion to hear presentations from the European Council, the European Commission and from EESC rapporteurs on their ongoing work.
The EESC received a referral from the European Commission in order to deliver an opinion on the AGS 2012. Given the horizontal nature of the AGS, the EESC opinion was prepared by the Europe 2020 Steering Committee. Mr David Croughan was appointed rapporteur-general.
His draft opinion has been presented at the meeting of the 27 January. This meeting has also been an occasion for Members to comment on the draft opinion, in view of its adoption by the February EESC plenary, ahead of the Spring European Council.
7 Dec 2011Group II Resolution: No minor procedure for major Treaty changes The Workers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee believes this is an urgent need to deliver a clear message to EU institutions and Member States' leaders: the Group is firmly against Merkel-Sarkozy's proposals related only to a strengthening of the Stability and Growth Pact in the Lisbon Treaty. The resolution mentions the orientations that should be adopted and the measures that should be taken.
Ireland 40 years on: the benefits, opportunities and challenges of EU membershipSeminar -
Castleknock Hotel & Country Club, Porterstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15, Ireland The aim of this conference was to provide an invaluable and unique opportunity to review and assess Ireland's journey through the past 40 years of EU membership and to discuss important issues such as: "The costs and consequences of a non-Europe", "Ireland as an example of how to cope with the challenges posed by the financial crisis", plus a range of various other topics concerning the CAP reform, the future of European farming and the environment, within the context of the negotiations on the MFF.
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.