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The EU-China Round Table's fourteenth meeting was hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and held in Brussels on 18 and 19 May 2016. The EU-China Round Table was set up in 2007 following a Decision taken by the 9th EU-China Summit, which acknowledged that the exchanges and cooperation between the EESC and its Chinese counterpart, the China Economic and Social Council (CESC), formed an integral part of the EU-China relationship.


On 17 and 18 May, the European Economic and Social Committee hosted the 4th Conference on Plurilingualism, organised by the European Observatory for Plurilingualism in cooperation with GEM+ for European Multilingual Governance. The theme of this year's conference is "Plurilingualism and creativity: languages at the heart of Europe".


On Tuesday 10 May, the EESC president Georges Dassis participated in a conference entitled Basic income: one of the ways to increase European economic and social cohesion and escape from the current economic slump? The conference was organised by the trade union Union for Unity, in cooperation with GRASPE and Europe Solidaire, and also featured the Louvain University (UCL) professor and philosopher Philippe Van Parijs, who presented his idea on a universal basic income.


The inaugural meeting of the EU-Moldova Civil Society Platform (CSP) was held on 10 May 2016 at the European Economic and Social Committee, the European body representing the voice of EU's organised civil society. The participants in the first CSP meeting adopted a joint declaration assessing the state of play of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement's implementation and discussing Rule of law and good governance. They also encouraged the Moldovan government to promote the capacity of civil society and strengthen civic dialogue. In its joint declaration, the Platform ...


The EESC president's interview in "Ici l'Europe" (France 24) has allowed to clarify the role and positions of the Committee on many burning issues.

The economic situation in Greece was discussed, as well as the migration crisis and EESC's recommendations, the TTIP and the rise of populism in Europe.

Watch it here (French only):



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From agricultural to food policy – Towards healthy and sustainable production and consumption - 21 April 2016, The Hague

Farmers, consumers, academics and policy-maker were among the wide range of participants at a Group III 'Various Interests" European Economic and Social Committee event in the Netherlands to examine the future of food production and consumption.