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This hearing is part of the work on the opinion on "Manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products". Speakers will include representatives from the Tobacco industry, civil society organizations on public health, European Commission and European Parliament representatives. The results of the hearing will provide important input to the further work of the EESC study group on this topic.


The aim of this high-level public hearing is to encourage a frank debate on the way ahead for the eurozone and the European Union as a whole. With the participation of Mr Olli Rehn, Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the euro.

13/02/2013 14/02/2013

487th plenary session with the participation José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, on Wednesday 13, Lucinda Creighton, Irish Minister of State for European Affairs, on behalf of the Presidency-in-Office of the Council of the EU, and Vitor Constâncio, Vice-President of the European Central Bank, on Thursday 14.


This hearing's conclusions will feed directly into the study group work on the Committee's opinion on 'Rethinking education'.


The aim of this conference was to provide an invaluable and unique opportunity to review and assess Ireland's journey through the past 40 years of EU membership and to discuss important issues such as: "The costs and consequences of a non-Europe", "Ireland as an example of how to cope with the challenges posed by the financial crisis", plus a range of various other topics concerning the CAP reform, the future of European farming and the environment, within the context of the negotiations on the MFF.


The members of the study group preparing the opinion on EU Arctic Policy to address globally emerging interests in the region – a view of civil society organised a public hearing on 31 January 2013 in Rovaniemi, Finland to discuss with the representatives of the civil society the EU's interests and priorities in the region which wins emerging interest among the global actors, in such areas as energy, transport, with serious consequences for the environment and the inhabitants.


Film portraits of political work at the base by Andreas Dresen

Gelebte Demokratie - Kleine Helden der Politik
Politik in der ostdeutschen Provinz
Filmporträts politischer Arbeit an der Basis von Andreas Dresen

31 Januar 2013 | 18.00 > 22.30 Uhr
31 January 2013 | 6 p.m. > 10.30 p.m.


On Tuesday, 29 January 2013, the Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption organised a Public Hearing in the framework of the elaboration of its own-initiative opinion on "The internal market and State aid for the regions". The opinion aimed to put forward a new proposal to update the current reference model and make the system of regional aid more effective and coherent. The purpose of this public hearing was to ensure the direct involvement of civil society organisations in support of the Committee's stated aims.


The EESC organised a conference on "Mobilising European SMEs policy for Malta: Lessons learned, current challenges and future opportunities" in Malta, at the Representation of the European Commission in La Valetta on 25 January 2013. Supporting SMEs is, in the EESC's view, one of the highest priorities to exit the crisis and recover economic growth. It is therefore important to back SME initiatives aiming at promoting entrepreneurship and creating a friendly business environment for them.