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29/11/2016

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.

28/11/2016

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."

25/11/2016

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.

25/11/2016

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...

24/11/2016

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.

22/11/2016

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".

18/11/2016

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.

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