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  • 10/04/2013
    09/04/2013 In 2013, the European Citizens' Initiative Day brings together stakeholders and organisers of initiatives in order to discuss the first year of the citizens' initiative, its first problems and successes, and prepare the revision of the regulation in 2015.
  • 10/04/2013
    Own-initiative Opinion on the “Economic, social and organisational consequences of an aging population” (Approved with 39 votes in favour, 8 abstentions and no votes against) Aware that the increase in life expectancy represents a very positive evolution of the Portuguese society, this Opinion promotes an analysis on the impact of aging on public policy and on how society and the state should articulate aiming at finding the most effective responses to this challenge. This Own-initiative Opinion was based on a University study financed by the European Social Fund. Own-initiative Opinion on the “Competitiveness of cities, social cohesion and territorial planning” (Approved with 37 votes in favour, 3 abstentions and 7 votes against) The main goal of this Opinion was to promote urban public policies, including economic, social and of governance in order to increase the competitiveness of Portuguese cities. It was prepared in a context conditioned by two important factors, namely the current situation of the domestic economy and the changes expected to take place during the next European Programming period 2014-2020. This Own-initiative Opinion was based on three University studies financed by the European Regional Development Fund. Please note that all Opinions approved by the Economic and Social Council of Portugal can be downloaded here in which an English version of institutional information is also available.
  • 11/03/2013
    European Consumer Day on product safety and market surveillance In 2013 the European Consumer Day is coming back to Brussels. The 15th edition of the event will be held in the EESC premises on 14 March 2013 and will focus on issues related to product safety and market surveillance.
  • 28/02/2013
    The NESC Secretariat, at the request of the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, has undertaken analysis to inform the development of Irish climate change policy. The NESC Climate Change project includes the development of potential policies and measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture, transport, heat in buildings and renewable energy supply; and, a basis for a national transition to a low-carbon future by 2050. After producing an interim report in June 2012, this work completed with a Final report sent to the Department of Environment in December 2012.
  • 27/02/2013
    • EU cohesion policy has made a major contribution to growth and to reducing disparities between States and regions • The Council deems that the social and economic partners need to become more involved in decision-making processes in regional policy • It supports close cooperation between the various levels of government to prevent overlaps and dysfunctions
  • 27/02/2013
    Madrid, 31 January 2013. Marcos Peña, President of the Spanish Economic and Social Council, highlighted the consensus of the social partners and of organized civil society as the great contribution of the Council’s report, New economic governance in the European Union and growth, drawn up and adopted by its plenary session with all votes in favour. “We tried to speak with a single voice and this consensus is what we have contributed – a common analysis and joint proposals,” he said at the opening of today’s event to launch the report which the Council adopted at the end of last year. He stressed that the novelty is not so much the analysis of the adjustments needed in EU institutional structure as the fact that all the organizations represented on the Council agree as to which are really indispensable.
  • 25/02/2013
    20 Mar - 21 Mar 2013 488th Plenary session - Statement by Staffan Nilsson, President of the EESC, presentation by Anna Maria Darmanin, Vice-President of the EESC, on the results of the "Video Challenge" project, speech by Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Energy, at 3 p.m. on Wednesday 20 March, speech by Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso, President of the Committee of the Regions, on Thursday 21 March at 11 a.m.
  • 13/02/2013
    15 Mar 2013 Is migration in Europe merely a source of problems? Or does it contribute to growth and demographic stability? Join the debate and listen to our high-level speakers and experts at the joint conference on Migration: a source of wealth and duties for Europe (organised by the EESC, CoE and French CES) on 15 March!
  • 13/02/2013
    La stratégie Europe 2020 fixe une série de nouveaux objectifs dans les domaines de l'emploi, l'innovation, l'éducation, l'inclusion sociale, le climat et l'énergie. Pourtant, quand il s'agit de réaliser les objectifs définis dans cette stratégie, les situations de départ des hommes et des femmes sont très différentes. Le Comité économique et social européen présentera, le vendredi 22 mars 2013, son avis d'initiative sur "la dimension de genre dans la stratégie Europe 2020" et exposera son point de vue sur ce sujet particulièrement intéressant. Vos contributions sont les bienvenues.
  • 13/02/2013
    19 Feb 2013 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.

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