The members of the study group preparing the opinion on EU Arctic Policy to address globally emerging interests in the region – a view of civil society organised a public hearing on 31 January 2013 in Rovaniemi, Finland to discuss with the representatives of the civil society the EU's interests and priorities in the region which wins emerging interest among the global actors, in such areas as energy, transport, with serious consequences for the environment and the inhabitants.
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Die Beziehungen des EWSA zu den Organisationen der Zivilgesellschaft in Russland richten sich nach den fünf Grundsätzen für die Beziehungen zwischen der EU und Russland, die von den Außenministern der EU und der Hohen Vertreterin der Union für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik vereinbart wurden. Einer dieser Grundsätze lautet „Förderung der persönlichen Kontakte“.
Der Dialog und der Erfahrungsaustausch zwischen den Vertretern der Zivilgesellschaft der EU und Russlands tragen erheblich zur laufenden Umsetzung der Strategischen Partnerschaft EU-Russland bei. Der EWSA verfolgt bei seinen Beziehungen zur russischen Zivilgesellschaft eine Doppelstrategie, um ein möglichst breites Spektrum von Vertretern der organisierten Zivilgesellschaft anzusprechen. Zum einen unterhält er Beziehungen zur Gesellschaftskammer der Russischen Föderation, seinem offiziellen russischen Gegenstück, und richtet unter anderem jährliche gemeinsame Seminare zu Themen von gemeinsamem Interesse der Zivilgesellschaft beider Seiten aus. Zum anderen arbeitet er mit Forum der Zivilgesellschaft EU-Russland zusammen, das verschiedene Organisationen der Zivilgesellschaft an einen Tisch bringt.
Der Begleitausschuss EU-Russland ist ein internes Arbeitsorgan des EWSA, das als Lenkungsgruppe fungiert und dafür zuständig ist, die Beziehungen zur Zivilgesellschaft in Russland aufzubauen und zu pflegen sowie Sitzungen und gemeinsame Seminare mit der russischen Zivilgesellschaft zu veranstalten.
Minimum income schemes are important tools to combat poverty and social exclusion, since they ensure personal security, play a significant role in redistributing wealth and guarantee more solidarity and social justice. This hearing will reflect on a better measurement of poverty and on the problems of adopting a European minimum income scheme. It will bring together experts and people involved in advocacy work to contribute to the EESC opinion.
Evictions remain a serious problem across Europe and the input session will draw the attention to similarities between evictions in different kind of countries.
The session will help raise awareness of the issues, and allow for interchange between Roma organizations across Europe and is part of the continuous work of the EESC to bring attention to Roma issues. This will also be an opportunity for the EESC to deepen its work on evictions, following the showing of a film on Roma evictions in Italy ("River Memories") followed by a debate on this issue.
The objective of the meeting is to access the development of the Northern Dimension initiative in particular in the field of transport and logistics, environment and culture and to increase public awareness regarding civil society participation in this initiative.
ESC hearing on " Investment Protection and ISDS in EU Trade and Investment Agreements". The hearing will gather civil society representatives who will present their position towards investment protection and Investor to State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions in the current process of elaboration of the EU investment policy, which was added as an exclusive competence of the EU since the Lisbon Treaty.
The EESC and the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum are organising their 2nd Joint meeting. The objective of the meeting is to discuss themes of common interest for the EU and Russian civil society. On the agenda this year will be questions such as the restrictive legislation for civil society development in Russia, the role of media in influencing social and political processes, trans-border corruption and the impact of tensions in the EU-Russia relations on the EU and Russian societies.
Strengthening competitiveness, growth and jobs, and completing the EMU were among the main topics discussed at the European Council of 27-28 June 2013. Appropriate follow-up should now be given both at national and European level. Therefore, the EESC organises a Post-Summit debate with Member States that will focus on an analysis of the main decisions taken at the Summit and their practical implementation for shaping the future of EMU and Europe ahead of the 2014 European elections.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), and the European Youth Forum (YFJ) organised a joint event on youth employment on the afternoon of June 25th in the European Economic and Social Committee.
When it comes to Roma issues, the gender dimension has long been neglected. However, women have an essential role in Roma society and ensuring their participation is a key element in improving their situation. Romani women across Europe often face discrimination on multiple fronts: racism for being Roma, as well as gender discrimination.
It is not possible to speak about the inclusion of Roma if half of their community has little or no opportunity to express their needs and make their voice heard. Roma inclusion policy needs Roma women activists and advocates. The gender dimension can also play an important role in the success of National Roma Integration Strategies (NRISs).
Although the European Union does not have legislative powers in the field of housing, the housing policies of the Member States, including those on social housing, are involved in a growing number of European strategies and are affected - sometimes negatively - by decisions taken in other policy areas. The conference will discuss recent developments in favour of social housing and concrete proposals made by these organizations.