On 29 November, the Members of the ECO Section welcomed Mr Udo Bullmann and Mr José Manuel Fernandes, Members of the European Parliament and rapporteurs on the extension of the duration of the European Fund for Strategic Investments at the section meeting where the EESC opinion on the issue was discussed.
The discussion focused on the funding criteria for financing the administrative costs of the SRB as well as the ways in which the Resolution Fund is to be nurtured. Both budgets are to be financed by the banking industry, in another clear attempt to avoid tax payers paying for the day to day running of the institution or the consequences of resolving a major financial institution.
In a packed room of +190 participants, the EESC President, Georges Dassis, declared: "Our continent has always needed people from abroad. Europe's reconstruction is greatly due to migrants' contributions. Over the past two years, media have played a big role in our perception of the migration flows. It is thus necessary to mention the benefits that migrants have brought to Europe. Our answer must also be the one of unity with the shaping of common policies on migration and asylum at EU level."
A l'invitation du président du CESE du Maroc, M. Nizar Baraka, Georges Dassis, président du Comité économique et social européen (CESE), se rendra à Rabat les 28 et 29 novembre prochain pour rencontrer les représentants de la société civile marocaine et les dirigeants du Conseil économique, social et environnemental du Maroc.
Joost van Iersel, ECO President, meets Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the Commission for the euro and social dialogue
On 25 November 2016, Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the Commission responsible for the euro and social Dialogue, received in his office an EESC delegation headed by Joost van Iersel, President of the ECO Section. A number of issues were discussed, including the new European semester exercise, the situation in the euro area, the forthcoming Commission White Paper on the future of the EU and in particular the EMU, and the possible future EESC initiatives in these areas.
In a packed room of +190 participants, the EESC President, Georges Dassis, declared: "Our continent has always needed people from abroad. Europe's reconstruction is greatly due to migrants' contributions. Over the past two years, media have played a big role in our perception of the migration flows. It is thus necessary to mention the benefits that migrants have brought to Europe. Our answer must also...
Recent statistics show us that terrorism and migration are the top concerns of EU citizens. But numbers tell us that more women are killed yearly by their partner than by terrorism.
In Europe, an estimated 7 women die every day as a result of gender-based violence. A further 45% of women in the EU say they have suffered gender-based violence at some point in their lives, while between 40% and 45% say they have suffered sexual harassment at work. The cost of gender-based violence over the world is estimated at 226 billion euros per year.
These numbers are far too high and this reality is unbearable.
During his opening speech at the seminar on Working life - Carer's life: Tackling the gender pay gap, which took place at the European Economic and Social Committee on 21 November, Georges Dassis stated that "the EESC has called on policy-makers to reduce gender inequalities by bridging the pay gap between men and women (an average of 16.4%), given that equal pay benefits not only women but also society as a whole".
On November 17 the EESC president, Georges Dassis, received Etienne Davignon, president of CSR Europe, the European business network for corporate social responsibility. During their meeting the two presidents discussed the UN program for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a special emphasis on concrete ways to promote a better cooperation between all relevant stakeholders.