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  • Your Europe, Your Say! 2017
    09/01/2017
    On 30 and 31 March, 100 students and 39 teachers from all 28 EU Member States and the five EU candidate countries (Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) met at the EESC in Brussels for Your Europe, Your Say! 2017. Before the event, the 33 schools, selected by drawing lots, had been visited by an EESC member who helped prepare the students to the discussions. This year's theme was Europe@60: Where to next?
  • 09/01/2017
    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has awarded its 2016 Civil Society Prize to five organisations and individuals from across Europe who have demonstrated outstanding examples of solidarity towards refugees and migrants. The first prize went to the Hungarian NGO Artemisio Foundation (14 000 EUR), while the German organisation SOS Mediterrannee, the Greek baker Dionysis Arvanitakis, a branch of the Spanish NGO SOS Racismo and the Greek NGO Iliaktida (Sunbeam) received 9 000 EUR each.
  • 07/12/2016
    526th Plenary Session including the following events: • Debate on the work and recent activities of the European Ombudsman, 
with the European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly 
Wednesday 31 May 2017 from 3 to 4 p.m. • Debate as part of the EESC’s contribution to the mid-term evaluation 
of the Erasmus + programme 
with Tibor Navracsics, 
European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Youth and Sport, 
on Wednesday 31 May from 4.30 to 5.45 p.m. • Discussion on the priorities of the European Parliament and on future cooperation with the EESC, with Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament Thursday 1 June 2017 from 12.30 to 1.30 p.m.
  • 04/07/2016
    Il est essentiel pour notre société que le dialogue social joue pleinement son rôle. Pour y parvenir, le préalable est que son appréhension soit plus positive sur ce qu’il est et sur ce qu’il doit être. Contribuer à forger et développer une culture du dialogue social dans notre pays est donc fondamental. P
  • 04/07/2016
    Ce n’est pas seulement un diagnostic qu’ont voulu partager, à travers ce rapport, les membres du CESE, par-delà la diversité de leurs responsabilités et de leurs engagements. C’est aussi un regard sans complaisance et passionné sur la France.
  • 18/05/2016
    OKE-EESC-EC International Conference in Athens on 20 April 2016 On Wednesday 20 April 2016 the Economic and Social Council of Greece (OKE), the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Representation of the European Commission in Greece jointly organised an international conference dedicated to the theme "Human flows and the world we share: can Europe tackle the refugee?". The symposium was held in the Old Parliament House in Athens.
  • 29/04/2016
    The Spanish ESC analyses the economic situation in the EU, and problems of institutional confidence • The EU should take a less restrictive approach in fiscal policy, albeit without questioning the need for fiscal consolidation, so as to substantially boost public investment. The Council also considers that greater flexibility should be allowed in complying with the consolidation roadmap. • The European Fund for Strategic Investments, fleshing out the Juncker revival plan, appears unsuitable for giving fiscal impetus to the regions where the crisis is most severe and which have less budgetary margin for backing investment projects. • The Council believes it would be reasonable to strengthen the EU budget and to establish mechanisms for mutualising public debt, but no progress has been made in this field. • Regarding national competitiveness boards, which are to have a mandate to assess whether wages are evolving in line with productivity, the Council expresses concern that this power may clash with the model on which wages are determined in the Spanish institutional framework. • The Council sees a need for greater coordination and convergence in the field of economic and social policy in order to reduce the great disparities in competitiveness and social cohesion. • The EU’s new economic governance has had the effect of reducing the role of trade unions and employers’ organisations at European level in the decision-making process. • Community governance has proved deficient in taking decisions in a joint and operative way in response to the challenges arising. The EU faces three crises: Community governance, asylum and refuge, questioning Europe’s traditional values and culture of hospitality and even the principle of free movement, and a neighbourhood crisis, demonstrating the weakness of European foreign policy. Europe continues to work on an intergovernmental logic that has generated a loss of legitimacy in EU institutions, resulting in disaffection in the general public. • An EU political and institutional political architecture is needed to ensure that the transfer of national sovereignty to the Union is accompanied by greater democratic legitimacy and accountability of EU institutions.

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