15 May 2013 Ref: 38/2013 If the EU is to succeed in its energy transition, it must take society with it There must be an open and transparent European energy dialogue both within and between EU Member States: this is the message of a joint declaration adopted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute yesterday in Paris. This text will be presented to the European Council ahead of its 22 May meeting centred on energy.
Mr Malosse, EESC President, and Jacques Delors, former European Commission president and founding president of Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute, stress that the public are worried about energy issues. Energy policy can mobilise them around a European project that offers them added value and real, tangible results.
24 Apr 2013 Ref: 36/2013 Without a European vision, there can be no sustainable solution to energy access Statement by the EESC President. During his visit to Lithuania, Henri Malosse, EESC President, travelled to the Ignalina plant, closed at the request of the European Commission as one of the conditions of Lithuania's accession to the European Union.
"Access to energy is a key issue for all countries as well as their citizens. However, if Europe is to play a role, if European integration is to make sense, it is precisely by addressing the strategic challenge of sharing energy resources. Member States will achieve nothing in the long term if they act alone."
21 Feb 2012 Ref: 007 2012 Civil Society representatives address the economic crisis with President Barroso and Vice-President Almunia The 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.
22 Sep 2011 Ref: 97/2011 Single European Sky II will falter without stronger commitment and leadership "Clutching at national borders in airspace is a misinterpretation of national sovereignty", said Jacek Krawczyk, EESC vice-President (Employers Group) and rapporteur on Single European Sky II. He went on to underline that "forecasts for air traffic in the next two decades are optimistic, but unless we manage airspace access more efficiently as envisaged by SES II, we will not be able to fully unlock this potential. Only the unquestioned leadership by the Commission is able to clear the political hurdles to achieve this".
9 Sep 2011 Ref: 89/2011 More Europe in the sky needed to protect travellers, says EESC The lack of a consistent EU-wide policy for disabled travellers, zero ticketing transparency, poor information and insufficient awareness of passengers’ rights were pinpointed among the problems requiring solutions at a public hearing on passengers' rights organised yesterday by the European Economic and Social Committee.
5 Oct 2011 Ref: 103 2011 The EESC in Gdansk: Click IT! to see Europe's digital future The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is holding a "Click IT!" forum on 5-7 October at the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Hall on Ołowianka Island in Gdansk (Poland). A dozen or so exhibitors will demonstrate innovative yet easy-to-implement schemes designed to close the digital gap in Europe. The EESC delegation will be led by its Vice-President, Anna Maria Darmanin. The forum will be held on the sidelines of a high-level international conference, Innovation for Digital Inclusion, organised under the auspices of the Polish Presidency.