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The European Union: how does it work? Can you influence decisions? Do you know how the policies that affect your life are made?

What if some of the EU’s complicated procedures were turned into a game – fun to play but challenging as well – that you could download onto your smartphone, tablet or laptop?


On 15 December 2015, the President of the Committee took part in the European Parliament Conference of Committee Chairs held in Strasbourg.

In his speech, Mr Dassis set out the EESC's positions on migration and asylum, stressing the prominent role of civil society. Turning to sustainable development and climate change, he spoke about the need for a new governance model in order to implement the UN 2030 Agenda and the Paris Protocol. 

Political priorities and Cooperation EESC-EP

Address by President Luca JAHIER: 'Political priorities and Cooperation EESC-EP' during the debate in plenary with Mr Martin SCHULTZ, President of the European Parliament, 10 December 2014 (in French).


Allocution de Président Luca JAHIER: « Les priorités politiques et coopération CESE-PE »

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Communicating Europe's added value

Addressed at communications experts and national and international media specialists, this year's EESC civil society media seminar focuses on effective ways of communicating the added value of the EU ahead of the 2014 European elections.

Ways of stepping up cooperation between the EESC and the European Parliament

SMEs / Crafts and Liberal Professions Category meeting on 7 March 2012, Brussels


Speech by Juca JAHIER

Staffan Nilsson

Through its activities, the EESC commits itself to promoting the European project, and it is aware that the European integration process needs the support of ordinary Europeans. The EESC supports the EP in promoting active and participatory citizenship, and it is ready to cooperate with the Parliament to the next European elections in 2014. For example, the EESC would like to help raise public awareness of these elections and to encourage Europeans to take part, and it can do this through its own communication activities, in cooperation with the network of EU economic and social councils and similar institutions.


Staffan Nilsson`s speech at the Conference of Committee Chairs in Strasbourg


The EESC President Staffan Nilsson met the European Parliament President, Martin Schulz, to discuss ways to take the cooperation between the two institutions forward. On a general note and related to the crisis of confidence by the citizens in the EU, Martin Schulz considers the EESC as having an important role to play in reaching out to citizens through the grassroots civil society organisations the Committee represents and through all our advisory work.

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009 / 2012

Recent developments in Europe's financial situation are now top priority on the agenda of the Member States and the European institutions - including the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). The plenary sessions in February and March provided the opportunity for civil society representatives to debate the economic and social impact of the current crisis with, among others, Commission president José Manuel Barroso, European Parliament president Martin Schulz and European Commissioner Joaquín Almunia.


The EESC President Staffan Nilsson met the president of the European Parliament Martin Schulz to prepare the next week EESC plenary where the latter will come to address our members for the first time in his new capacity.