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Since 1987, the Erasmus exchange programme has had a major impact on the lives of more than 9 million EU citizens by allowing them to take part in multicultural exchanges and develop new skills. At an event organized by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) on 18 May, Erasmus was recognized as a milestone in the creation of a European identity. The event was celebrated on ...


The European Economic and Social Committee held the 28th Meeting of Economic and Social Interest Groups of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states and EU countries in Brussels on 15-16 May. Trade relations, the new European consensus for development, prevention and reduction of food loss and waste, industrialisation as a development driver, and the future of EU relations with ACP countries were the five main themes of the conference, as outlined in a jointly accepted declaration.


International Fiscal Association (some 13,000 members worldwide) organised a regional Nordic meeting on mutual agreement procedures and dispute resolutions in the tax area. As rapporteur of ECO/420, I was invited to present our work and opinion on Double Taxation Dispute Resolution Mechanisms.


Removing obstacles to investment and better promotion of private investment are the actions that employers find crucial for encouraging private sector investment in Europe. In a joint declaration, all major Maltese employers' organisations together with the Government of Malta and the Employers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee listed the most urgent issues for policy makers to make investment easier.


Georges Dassis, the president of the European Economic and Social Committee, has met with Nizar Baraka, the president of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of Morocco. At this meeting, Mr Dassis thanked Mr Baraka for his commitment to working with the EESC. The cooperation between the two institutions was put on a formal footing with the first meeting of the joint advisory group on the free trade agreement between the EU and Morocco. During the meeting, the two presidents stressed the importance of the involvement of civil society organisations in the negotiations, in order to ensure that the agreement is as beneficial as possible for both the people of Morocco and EU citizens and that it is a win-win agreement for both sides.


The Vienna Multi-Stakeholder Group on Improving Cross-Border Dispute Resolution held a meeting at Wirschaftsuniversität Vienna on May 8-9 2017 involvoing the OECD, UN, EU, EESC, African Tax Administration Forum, academics as well as business and government representatives. Mr Krister Andersson, rapporteur of ECO/420, reported on the EESC Opinion on Double taxation dispute resolutions mechanisms.


The European Commission's plan to set up a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) to strengthen security checks on visa-free travellers to the Schengen area is inevitable at present due to the current security situation, the EESC said at its last plenary session. In its opinion on the EC proposal for a regulation establishing ETIAS, adopted in April, the EESC stressed that the information gathered through this system would enable a more...


"Combating marginalisation of young people should be a priority not only for the EU, but also for national and regional authorities, as well as for all civil society organisations"; with these words the president of the European Economic and Social Committee welcomed the participants of the conference on "Overcoming youth marginalisation: Best practices to prevent marginalisation and criminalisation of youth in state of vulnerability".


Policies to accelerate Europe’s energy transition require more realistic projections, better consultation with consumers, and clearer rules on Brussels’ attempt to enforce renewable energy targets, the EU’s main civil society body has warned.

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) voted to approve five opinions at this week’s plenary session on the Commission’s winter energy package "Clean Energy for All Europeans" – a 1,000-page set of proposals, released in November, that Energy Union Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič told members would ‘revolutionise’ the sector.