Minimum income schemes are important tools to combat poverty and social exclusion, since they ensure personal security, play a significant role in redistributing wealth and guarantee more solidarity and social justice. This hearing will reflect on a better measurement of poverty and on the problems of adopting a European minimum income scheme. It will bring together experts and people involved in advocacy work to contribute to the EESC opinion.
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The 6th joint seminar is a part of existing format of cooperation between the EESC and the Civic Chamber of Russian Federation under which one joint seminar is organized each year. Following the last Joint Declaration of the 5th joint seminar, the two main topics which have been addressed during the 6th seminar are human rights and trade. The conclusions of the seminar have been sent to relevant institutions prior to the next EU-Russia Summit scheduled for mid-2013.
The EESC hosted its 490th Plenary Session on 22-23 May 2013 with 2 major thematic debates: "One Single Tariff" and "Getting young people into work. Best practice"
The ship repair and conversion sector exerts a strong influence in the "greening" and the safety improvement of the existing fleets in the EU and outside Europe. It is also confronted to strong competition, not always fair, in the global market.
For the first time, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner paid visit to the EESC, the institutional representation of organised civil society in the EU institutional set-up.
This conference aims to assess the EESC ideas and recommendations in terms of public engagement in the context of the French debate on the energy transition. This event will give the opportunity to discuss a real-size public engagement process meant at directly feeding back into draft legislation and to exchange views on the EESC's vision of a European energy dialogue.
This seminar, co-organised by the EESC and Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), aims at discussing the current state of affairs and next steps on the EU policy agenda in the field of labour migration and mobility policy. It will address the main challenges characterizing migration and mobility for employment purposes. The “attractiveness” of the EU’s labour migration policy will be looked at especially, in its current shape and ways to foster it in the future.
Many consumer products could have a longer service-life. However, particularly in the IT and household appliance sectors, some components seem to be designed to become obsolete so that the product becomes unusable after a certain period of time or rely on the use of specific consumable items. This has a number of damaging consequences: the cost to consumers of early replacement of the product or dependence to expensive consumable items, the overuse of natural resources and raw materials.
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