The event brought together the European Commission, represented by Didier Millerot (Head of Unit in DG FISMA), MEPs Jeppe Kofod (co-rapporteur on the PANA Inquiry Committee), Bernd Lucke (ECON rapporteur on Covered Bonds), and Olle Ludvigsson (ECON), and stakeholders' representatives to discuss how covered bonds can help microfinance and boost innovation. The EESC was represented by Ms Milena Angelova, rapporteur for the opinion on "EU Regulatory Framework for Financial Services".
The 3 presentations delivered during the latest NAT section meeting of the 6 February 2017 are now available.
Commissioner Karmenu Vella presented his green-blue portfolio at the meeting of the NAT Section on 6 February.
On 1 February 2017, professors Jörg Bibow and Heiner Flassbeck presented a study on austerity and wage reduction at the Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU. EESC member Javier Doz Orrit also attended the debate in the framework of his consultative activities as rapporteur for the EESC opinion on the "Recommendation on the economic policy of the euro area".
Georges Dassis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, conducted a goodwill and working visit to Côte d’Ivoire from 27 to 31 January 2017, at the invitation of Charles Koffi Diby, President of the Côte d’Ivoire Economic, Social, Environmental and Cultural Council (CESEC). The aim of the visit was to strengthen cooperation between the two institutions.
The event took place in Brussels on 30 January 2017. The EESC was represented by Antonio Garcia del Riego, rapporteur for the opinion on Recovery and resolution of central counterparties (CCPs). CCPs are becoming key players in financial activity since the agreement reached by the G20 in 2009 that they would be the clearing centres for the derivatives markets. This will entail a massive increase in volumes, taking into consideration that in just one product, like interest rate swaps, total trades are in the region of USD 250 trillion.
Short-sighted national interests, a growing number of anti-European parties with quick answers but no solutions, pressure from outside the EU and - last but not least - many concerned, anxious people who are increasingly losing trust in their political leaders and in the European project - this is Europe today. Most worrying of all...
More attention to the needs of SMEs and family businesses, easier access to finance, fewer bureaucratic burdens, simplification of taxation systems and proper coordination to respond to current challenges – these were some of the priorities highlighted by the newly-elected president of UEAPME, Ulrike Rabmer-Koller. In order to foster further cooperation and coordinate their common interests, the Employers' Group had the great pleasure of welcoming the UEAPME President, Ulrike Rabmer-Koller, and UEAPME Secretary-General, Véronique Willems, to the first Group meeting of 2017 in order to discuss the state of play of SMEs in Europe and the goals and priorities that they were aiming for.
Visite du président du Comité économique et social européen en Côte d'Ivoire
Le président du Comité économique et social européen, M. Georges Dassis, effectuera une visite officielle en République de Côte d’Ivoire, du 27 au 31 janvier 2017, à l'invitation du président du Conseil économique, social, environnemental et culturel (CES) de Côte d'Ivoire, M. Charles Koffi Diby, suite à leur entretien en septembre 2016 à Bruxelles.
On Monday 23 January, the President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Georges Dassis, participated in a high-level conference entitled The European Pillar of Social Rights: going forward together, organised by the European Commission (EC). This event marked the conclusion of the Commission's public consultation on an EU Pillar of Social Rights. Alongside ...