It is with great preoccupation that we receive the news of Thursday’s meeting. As infections and deaths rise in Europe and Health Systems are increasingly saturated, the European Council failed again to provide a united response to the situation. Moreover, the position of some member states showed that little has been learnt since the 2008 crisis.
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This study looks at the state of gender balance in the European Economic and Social Committee, both at the political (members) and administrative (staff) level, and considers the main factors influencing the gender composition of the Committee. Through the systematisation of data on the gender of EESC members and personnel, and information gathered in interviews and a survey, the study provides new and updated quantitative and qualitative information.
The COVID-19 outbreak is having a major economic, social and humane impact in Europe. The situation is deteriorating on a daily basis, but the EU and the Member States must remain united, give a common and effective response to combat the spreading of the virus and protect citizens and workers. Read the full declaration here.
EU Council summit on February 20 was a double disappointment: no progress in defining a position to start negotiations with the parliament, and severe cuts proposed to the EU Budget, without any mention to EU's own resources.
It is with our deepest regret that we need to inform of the cancellation of our extraordinary meeting in Syracuse.
Please accept our sincere apologies for the last minute cancellation. Due to the high number of flight cancellations and impossibility of guests to attend, there was no other alternative. We deeply regret the missed opportunity to discuss the important issues at stake with everyone involved in the meeting, and want to thank everyone who supported or was interested in it.
The Workers' Group
The January 2020 plenary of the EESC hosted debates about the Croatian Presidency of the EU, the COP25 and the European Green Deal, and the European Citizens' Initiative 'End the Cage'. At the end of the plenary, a farewell ceremony was hosted for the leaving UK members and delegates after Brexit.
Castilla y León, in the northwestern part of the central Iberian Peninsula, is one of the most sparsely populated regions in Spain. It has also suffered decades of migration towards the urban centres in Madrid and the coast, exacerbated by industrial offshoring and relocation both within and towards outside the European Union. However, that is not the end of the story: workers, organised in trade unions, have managed to fight back, keeping their jobs (and the region) alive.
The second day of the October plenary began with a debate on "a cultural vision for Europe".
Following an invitation by Nicos Epistithiou on behalf of the Cypriot Workers' Group representatives in the European Economic and Social Committee, within the framework of further improvement of the relations between the EESC and the Trade Union Movement, Group II President Oliver Röpke made a 6-day visit in Cyprus from 12 to 18 September 2009.
Policy Brief on the topic of Common Minimum Standards for Unemployment Insurance, providing an overview of the insurance schemes in EU countries and policy recommendations for upwards convergence.