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Within a short time, a great number of people seeking refuge arrived in Europe. While this phenomenon has created a major political crisis, it has also awakened solidarity, creativity and a desire for change in our societies. Communities all over Europe have taken ownership for receiving and including newcomers.

Join us at the Social Innovation for Refugee Inclusion Seminar, to reflect on these new dynamics in European societies through workshops, plenary sessions and match-making sessions.

12/09/2016 13/09/2016
Rewarding excellence in civil society initiatives:
The EESC civil society prize 2016

The EESC civil society prize aims to reward model and inspiring projects that represent the best of human solidarity in Europe and which have demonstrated real impact on the ground by improving the lives of migrants and fostering their integration in European society.

The EESC received an unprecedented 284 applications from 27 countries and awarded 5 winning initiatives with a total of EUR 50,000. The Hungarian initiative was awarded EUR 14 000. The other four initiatives from Greece, Germany and Spain were awarded EUR 9 000 each.

09/09/2016
Opinion SOC/539

In the context of its work on the revision of the EU Blue Card Directive, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has organised a public hearing on Thursday, 8 September 2016. The aim was to identify the elements of an EU strategy for attracting skilled workers and to discuss how the EU Blue Card should be revised.

08/09/2016

When it comes to Roma issues, the gender dimension has long been neglected. However, women have an essential role in Roma society and ensuring their participation is a key element in improving their situation. Romani women across Europe often face discrimination on multiple fronts: racism for being Roma, as well as gender discrimination.

It is not possible to speak about the inclusion of Roma if half of their community has little or no opportunity to express their needs and make their voice heard. Roma inclusion policy needs Roma women activists and advocates. The gender dimension can also play an important role in the success of National Roma Integration Strategies (NRISs).

02/09/2016

518th Plenary Session, with the following debates and presentations

On Wednesday 13 July :

  • The priorities of the Slovak Presidency, at 4 p.m. with Ivan Korčok, ministre délégué for the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union
  • The future of the Economic and Monetary Union,  at 5 p.m. with Sandro Gozi, Italian State Secretary to the Prime Minister's office with responsibility for European Affairs

On Thursday 14 July at 9.30 a.m.

  • European competition policy,  with Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner for Competition

 

13/07/2016 14/07/2016

For the 7th time, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Montenegro held the Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC).

The meeting was held in Brussels and tackled following issues:

- The current state of play in EU-Montenegro relations and the accession process

- The Connectivity Agenda in the areas of Energy and Transport

- Chapter 5 - Public procurement

- The state of industrial relations and the development of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Montenegro

08/07/2016
Working with nature

The European Economic and Social Committee has the pleasure of inviting you to a poster exhibition on Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
It has been developed by Pesticide Action Network Europe, the International Organisation for Biological Control and the International Biocontrol Manufacturers' Association. It consists of 11 posters explaining the general principles of IPM, which is as an ecosystem approach to crop protection that combines different strategies to minimise the use of pesticides.

30/06/2016 08/07/2016

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is currently drawing up an own initiative opinion on "Promoting innovative and high growth firms". In order to gain further insights the EESC is organising a public hearing on 7 July 2016 at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, with the objective to contribute to map Europe's challenges and opportunities in this area and to create an environment supportive of creating innovative and high growth firms. The hearing will help formulating recommendations for policy makers on measures and actions needed to address the situation.

07/07/2016

The Commission announced it would take action in 2016 to define next steps for a sustainable European future and unveil a new approach, ensuring Europe's economic prosperity and social and environmental sustainability beyond the 2020 timeframe in order to implement the SDGs. This conference fed into this process.

Opened by the Commission’s First Vice-President Timmermans, it provided civil society and stakeholders with a forum to express their ideas on how EU internal and external polices can best contribute to an effective implementation of SDGs. Working groups on sustainable consumption and production, social justice and decent work, sustainable business and investment and on global partnership and peace generated interactive discussions. The event reflected the outcome of recent major conferences in Europe and feature a debate with Karl Falkenberg, special adviser of the Commission President on ways to strengthen sustainable development in the EU.

07/07/2016

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