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José Manuel Barroso and Ruslana Lyzhychko at the EESC plenary session

Ruslana, leading figure of Euromaidan in Ukraine and winner of the 2004 Eurovision song contest, will discuss Ukrainian civil society's expectations from the European Union, during a debate at the plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee on Tuesday 21 January 2014. This will be followed by a debate with José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, on the Commission's 2014 work programme.


495th EESC Plenary Session

21-22 January 2014

Charlemagne Building (European Commission), S3 room (2nd floor)

You can watch the plenary session live at:

The detailed agenda is available here.

Press conference featuring Henri Malosse, EESC President and Ruslana

When: Tuesday, 21 January, 2 pm

Where: Charlemagne Building (European Commission), VIP Room (2nd floor)

Debate with Ruslana

When: Tuesday, 21 January, 2.30 pm

Where: Charlemagne Building (European Commission), S3 room (2nd floor)

Debate with José Manuel Barroso

When: Tuesday, 21 January, 3.15 pm

Where: Charlemagne Building (European Commission), S3 room (2nd floor)

Advance accreditation of journalists is required. To apply, please e-mail us at: pressateesc [dot] europa [dot] eu by noon on Monday 20 January 2014.

Another highlight of the session will be a discussion with Vytautas Leškevičius, Lithuanian Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and senior business and trade union stakeholders, which will look back at the EU Lithuanian Presidency. The debate will take place on Wednesday 22 January at 11 a.m. 

Opinions to be discussed and voted on during the plenary session include:

Collaborative or participatory consumption

In its own-initiative opinion, the EESC will look at the far-reaching consequences of a shift towards technology-enabled collaborative consumption that enables people to hire, lend, barter or share goods on an unprecedented scale. The Committee will assess the potential of collaborative consumption to address social needs and create jobs.

Market-based instruments for a resource-efficient, low-carbon EU economy

EU Member States do not fully exploit the opportunities the transition to a low-carbon economy can offer for the innovation and modernisation of European industry and to boost employment. The Committee will urge the Commission to make environmental fiscal reform an integral and permanent part of the European Semester.

New measures on the EU single market for telecoms

The EESC will support the European Commission's proposal but point out that the future regulation has to provide more financial and legal security for the operators and to comply with net neutrality, especially with reference to providers of electronic communication services belonging to the SME sector.

Shadow economy endangers economic growth

An own-initiative opinion has been dedicated to the issue of combating the shadow economy and undeclared work. An assessment of the impact of these illicit procedures is a prerequisite. The EESC will recommend the implementation of a standard method, developed and successfully tested by the Italian national institute of statistics. Combating these phenomena successfully also requires the systematic exchange of information, data and studies as well as the sharing of tools, policies and best practice.

Enhancing an EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region

Following a request by the European Commission for an exploratory opinion on this issue, the Committee is drawing up opinions on existing or future macro-regions in order to add important aspects to the strategy, such as the vital inclusion of the private sector, a stronger social dimension, addressing illegal migration flows and increasing the budget and scope for FRONTEX action. The strategy should incorporate measures, schemes and programmes that enhance regional cohesion in a practical manner.


CP 01 EN January plenary curtain-raiser