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21/04/2017

As Estonia is the most advanced digital society in the world, digitisation will be one of main priorities of the Estonian presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2017. The Employers' Group, in close cooperation with Estonian employers' organisations, is keen to actively contribute to the presidency agenda. That is why on 19 and 20 April, the president of the Employers' Group, Jacek Krawczyk, visited Estonia to discuss potential joint initiatives.

12/04/2017

Les présidents du CESE, de la Commission européenne et du Parlement européen clôturent le forum des parties prenantes. Georges Dassis, président du Comité économique et social européen (CESE), a participé le 12 avril à la séance de clôture du forum des parties prenantes sur le corps européen de solidarité aux côtés de Jean-Claude Juncker, président de la Commission européenne, et Antonio Tajani, président du Parlement européen ...

12/04/2017

Five years after the launch of the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) and after around 50 initiatives that have had quite limited success, the Commission has finally acted on the European Economic and Social Committee's (EESC) proposal for a review of the ECI regulation. At the Committee's 4th ECI Day, Commissioner Timmermans announced that he would carry out a review of the instrument and that a proposal for the revised ECI regulation would be launched as early as autumn this year.

12/04/2017

The phasing-out of coal in Europe needs smart long-term strategies. It is important to focus on the balance between the economic, environmental and social impacts. A change to renewables can be part of the solution. Regional investment schemes and the involvement of the local population concerned in order to build public support are key to a successful transition. On 7 April, the CCMI of the EESC held a high-level debate on "Industrial and energy transition – the industrial, economic and social consequences", bringing together...

11/04/2017

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, met with European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) President, Georges Dassis today.  Both agreed on the need to reinforce political cooperation between the two institutions and to work on concrete actions to reduce the distance between EU institutions and citizens. In its role as the institutional representative of civil society, the EESC plays a key role in bridging that gap.

11/04/2017

On Tuesday, the 11th of April, President Georges Dassis welcomed Ms. Cecilia Wikström, Chair of the Conference of Committee Chairs of the European Parliament for a working lunch at the Committee. The President expressed his interest for "a reinforced and meaningful cooperation" between the European Economic and Social Committee and the Parliament and for substantial ways in which the work of the EESC can be helpful for the EP, for example through the presence of EESC Rapporteurs in EP Committee meetings and  hearings.

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