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.
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.
European Citizens' Initiative Day 2013: Sign up to it!Conference -
Brussels, Belgium In 2013, the European Citizens' Initiative Day brought together stakeholders and organisers of initiatives in order to discuss the first year of the citizens' initiative, its first problems and successes, and prepare the revision of the regulation in 2015.
Extraordinary meeting of the Workers' GroupConference -
EESC, Brussels, Belgium The Workers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee met to discuss the possibilities of using the European citizens' initiative in social matters and to examine ways of promoting projects proposed by trade unions in this context.
The EESC at Rio+20 - United Nations Conference on Sustainable DevelopmentConference -
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil In our view the Rio+20 Conference has to result in viable political commitments that place sustainable development at the centre of global policy making. Civil society plays a vital role in pushing for and living up to such political commitments by enabling participation from the ground up and securing ownership.
A Day of Social DialogueRoom VM3, EESC, Brussels, Belgium The conference on the topic "A Day of Social Dialogue" jointly organised by the Polish Confederation of Private Employers Lewiatan and the European Social and Economic Committee (EESC), took place on 14 December 2011, 09:00 – 14:00 in room VM3 of the Van Maerlant Building (rue Van Maerlant 2, Brussels).
The event was opened by Staffan Nilsson, President of the EESC. It gathered representatives of employers and workers as well as high-level EU institutions' representatives to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the social dialogue within the EU, and identify new challenges and new possibilities to further foster social dialogue throughout the EU.
Participatory DemocracyCurrent situation and opportunities provided by the European Constitution Conference -
Brussels, Belgium As a continuation of the conferences held in October 1999 on the role and contribution of civil society organisations in the building of Europe and November 2001 on organised civil society in European governance, the EESC organised, on 8 and 9 March 2004, a conference intended to strengthen the Committee's commitment to stepping up dialogue with European civil society networks and organisations, including the social partners.
On-line debate on Participatory Democracywith Mr Roger Briesch, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Debate On Wednesday 3 March 2004, from 16.00 to 18.00, Mr Roger Briesch, President of the EESC, organised an online debate on Participatory Democracy. The aim of this exchange was to examine the emerging concept of participatory democracy in terms of civil dialogue and the involvement of organised civil society in the European Union's policy-making processes.