The Presidency of the Council of the European Union starting in January 2017 will be the first time for the Republic of Malta. For that reason the European Economic and Social Committee Plenary Session will feature a presentation on the priorities of the Maltese Presidency on 25 January by Dr Ian Borg, Parliamentary Secretary for the EU Presidency 2017 and EU Funds. At a time when European Union cohesion is being put to the test it falls to Malta to play an important part in contributing to unity rather than dividing or making unilateral decisions. I am convinced that Malta is capable of successfully ushering in a new era for Europe. I am particularly pleased to see that the Maltese Presidency priorities include proposals made by our Committee.
Information Letter - December 2016 It is my pleasure to invite you to the next EESC Plenary Session. On 15th December we will greet Mr Frans TIMMERMANS, First Vice-President of the European Commission who will present the European Commission's 2017 work programme entitled "Delivering a Europe that protects, empowers and defends". The EESC adopted its contribution at the Plenary Session of 14 July 2016. Several of the EESC recommendations and proposals have been taken on board by the Commission, including for instance the need for a clear definition of the European Pillar of Social Rights, the implementation of the New Skills Agenda for Europe as well as the Youth Employment Package.
October 2016 During our 520th Plenary Session we will have the pleasure of welcoming Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation and debating on Horizon 2020 in conjunction with the adoption of one of our exploratory opinions, titled 'Mid-term evaluation of Horizon 2020'. ls Agenda for Europe as well as the Youth Employment Package.
September 2016 A few days after his address on the state of the Union in front of the European Parliament, we will at our turn welcome the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in our first plenary session after the summer break.
Information Letter - July 2016 On 13 July the EESC Plenary Session will feature a presentation on the priorities of the Slovak Presidency by Ivan Korčok, ministre délégué for the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU. I believe that Slovakia, who takes up the presidency of the Council for the first time in the history of the EU, has a great opportunity to use its potential to get results and to present its goals for a common Europe. One of the priorities of the EESC during the Slovak presidency is to! continue to focus on the European social model, placing special emphasis on the elaboration of a European pillar of social rights.
24/05/2016Information Letter - May 2016 On 25 May 2016 the 517th Plenary Session of the EESC will host a debate on the future of ACP-EU relations, in conjunction with the adoption of opinion REX/455 with the participation of Joseph Chilengi, President of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union (ECOSOCC) and Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development.
Information Letter - April 2016 On 28 April (10:30 am) the EESC Plenary session will be the forum for a debate on the Energy Union initiative with the participation of Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Energy Union. In the framework of this debate the Plenary Session will adopt the following opinions: State of the Energy Union 2015 (TEN/580) and External dimension of the EU's energy policy (REX/459)
Information Letter - Mars 2016 The EESC Plenary session will host a debate on the external policy of the Union and the role of organised civil society with the participation of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-president of the European Commission.
Information letter - February 2016 During our Plenary Session of 17-18 February, we will have the pleasure of welcoming Eva Paunova, MEP and Vice-President of the European Movement, Markus Beyrer, Director-General of BusinessEurope, Luca Visentini, Secretary-General of ETUC, Allan PÄLL, Secretary-General of the European Youth Forum, and Conny Reuter, Co-Chair to the European Economic and Social Committee’s (EESC) Liaison Group and Secretary-General of SOLIDAR, who will discuss ways to uphold the achievements made under the Schengen agreement on Wednesday 17 February.