Annual meeting 2011 of the CESlink online cooperation network

20/06/2011 > 21/06/2011 Meeting - Brussels, Belgium

Between 20-21 June 2011 the EESC hosted the 11th annual meeting of the CESlink online cooperation network. Created in 2000, together with the CESlink portal, by a joint decision of the national ESCs and the EESC, CESlink is a voluntary-based cooperation aiming to raise public awareness on the work of the national Councils and the EESC, to disseminate information on events organised and documents produced, to give support and develop cooperation and to strengthen communication on common areas of interest.
The network includes civil servants from the Councils in the EU and responsibilities are shared between the EESC (the CESlink portal and the coordination of the network), the Greek Council (Communication), the Italian Council (CESlink Documents Database) and the Dutch Council (CESlink intranet). This annual meeting focused on the future of the cooperation, taking into account the results of the two surveys ran on the CESlink portal and among the Secretary-Generals of the Councils.
On 21 June, participants were welcomed by EESC Secretary-General Martin Westlake and EESC Vice-President Anna Maria Darmanin shared her experience in using the new communication tools of the Committee. The group's proposal will be submitted to the next Annual Meeting of the Presidents and Secretaries-General (9-10 November 2011).