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Statement on the conclusions of the European Council meeting of 27-28 June 2013

The Workers' Group, which met in Vilnius on 1 July 2013, notes that the European Council appears to have decided henceforth to engage with the public in a debate that demonstrates awareness of the situation's severity in Europe.

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The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will hold its next plenary session on 13 and 14 February. The session will include a debate with President Barroso on the recent 2014-2020 budget agreement on 13 February as well as a presentation of the Irish Presidency with the Minister for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton, and a debate with ECB Vice-President Vítor Constâncio on EU governance and banking situation on 14 February.

"A deal is struck but the outcome is disappointing!" - EESC President's Statement on the EU Budget Deal
Staffan Nilsson

EESC president Staffan Nilsson appreciates the efforts made by European Council president Herman Van Rompuy to achieve compromise and agreement among all Member States and thus pave the way for the adoption of the future budget. It is good that a deal is struck, but the results are disappointing.


EESC President Statement on the EU Budget deal

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072 2012

As the EU decision-makers meet today and tomorrow to discuss the way EU money will be spent over the next financial period, the EESC president renews his call to the Member States to decide on a robust EU budget, underpinned by an own-resource mechanism. The EU budget must support a strong and sustainable common agricultural policy (CAP) and a single cohesion policy, and must foster innovation and research which are drivers for bringing the EU back to sustainable growth and job creation.

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065 2012

The EESC President Staffan Nilsson called on Member States to endorse the partnership principle in the cohesion policy and to adopt a European Code of Conduct on Partnership, as proposed by the Commission in the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 package. At the Informal Meeting of Ministers for Cohesion Policy in Nicosia today, the EESC President emphasised the role of civil society in the implementation of the cohesion policy, as a significant element of the partnership principle and as a prerequisite for getting real results at regional and local levels.


President Nilsson called on Cohesion Ministers today to endorse the partnership principle for a more efficient use of EU budget!
At a crucial time in the negotiations on the proposed financial and regulatory framework for the EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020, the Cyprus Presidency organised a debate on Cohesion Policy issues amongst competent Ministers from Member States and other European countries. High level representatives from EU Institutions and other EU organizations participated in this debate.