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Study
36 pages

The presence of mass immigration in the Southern Mediterranean region of Europe requires the development of new instruments in the field of social security coordination. Many of the existing problems associated with coordinating social security systems have been resolved, until now, through bilateral agreements between Member States and MED countries. However, it is practically impossible for all 28 Member States to individually initiate negotiations with all MED countries or vice versa.

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2016
12 pages

The 10th Civil Society Media Seminar will be organised at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna from 24 to 25 November 2016, looking at how European institutions, member states, civil society and media are communicating migration and try to with the help of the speakers and an engaged audience to formulate  useful advice for a clearer and more targeted communication to counteract polarisation within European societies and strengthen solidarity with refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and within European Member States.

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2016
Position paper
4 pages

Road transport is a crucial part of the European Union's single market and of its economy as a whole. At the same time, it is a vital economic sector in its own right, employing about 5 million people across the EU, generating close to 2% of EU GDP, and directly impacting on the quality of life of millions of European citizens. The EU road transport sector has developed significantly over the years, benefiting trade, the economy and freedom of movement. However, the success has had dark sides too and the sector today faces considerable challenges.

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2016
2 pages

Position paper on the role of culture in the EU and the EESC's actions in this field, with special focus on the study Culture, Cities and Identity in Europe, recently published by the EESC Various Interests Group, and the conference A hope for Europe! Culture, cities and new narratives organized by this Group on 20-21 June 2016.

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2016
Study
9 pages

The study examines international reports for culture's impact on European cities and its use as a tool for regeneration and development.  It provides an overview of the factors in EU city development linked to culture and identity through selective qualitative and quantitative analysis. Culture is examined thematically in terms of its use as a vehicle for economic growth, a tool for reconverting cities, for integration and inclusiveness, and as a pillar of European identity.

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2016
Annual activity report
44 pages

The report presents the activities and achievements of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in 2015: its key missions and objectives, its organisation and political bodies, its role in EU decision-making and as a voice for organised civil society and lastly as a promoter of European values.

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2016
17 pages

Representatives of European organised civil society have put forward their proposals as part of the preparation by the Commission of its 2017 Work Programme. While regretting the result of UK citizens' vote to leave the EU, the EESC asks for a rapid  start to the negotiations with the UK in order to respond to the present uncertainty about the future of the EU and it demands to be fully involved in the negotiation process with the UK.

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2016

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