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  • 12/04/2013
    It’s about Europe, it’s about YoUth! 18-20 Apr 2013 2013 is an exciting year for ‘Your Europe, Your Say!’ – the annual event that brings school pupils and their teachers to the heart of Europe to put their views to European Union decision-makers. Why? Because 2013 is the European Year of Citizens. ‘It’s about Europe, it’s about you’ is the motto for the year. At the European Economic and Social Committee, we believe it must also be about YoUth! On 18-20 April 2013 we are inviting about 100 school students to Brussels to make their voices heard at a simulated plenary session of the Committee.
  • 12/04/2013
    Mid-term renewal of the XIVth (five-year) term of office Plenary Session - At the European Parliament building - József Antall building - room JAN 4Q2 ,1050 Brussels, Belgium The EESC will host its 489th Plenary Session on 17-18 April to mark the end of the actual Presidency headed by President Staffan Nilsson and welcoming a new Presidency, due to be elected EESC President for 2013-2015.
  • 12/04/2013
    11 - 12 avr 2013 Les Tables Rondes UE-Chine ont été instaurées par une décision des chefs d'Etat et de gouvernements en 2007. Deux fois par an, les représentants du CESE et du Conseil Economique et Social Chinois échanges leurs idées et élaborent des rapports afin d'apporter la contribution de la sociaété civile au développement des relations UE-Chine.
  • 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.