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2017
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This study focuses on the use of trilogues and early agreements in the European Union (EU). Today, trilogues form the standard operating procedure for reaching agreements between the European Commission, European Parliament, and the Council of the EU. The use of trilogues has long raised concerns about public transparency and accountability. Much has already been done to improve the way in which each institution’s negotiating team is held accountable to their respective institutions. However, there is still scope for improving the transparency of trilogue meetings.

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2017
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Bees play a vital role in preserving biodiversity and ecological balance.

The European Economic and Social Committee is the first EU institution in Brussels to launch an urban apiculture project – and this is only part of its recent commitment to reduce adverse effects on the environment. With its two hives, the EESC is actively contributing to safeguarding biodiversity in Brussels and is reaffirming its commitment to a sustainable urban environment.

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2017
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The general objective of the Report is to study the recent evolution of the social economy in the European Union. It focuses on three areas: firstly, the social economy and the emergent concepts/movements related to it, secondly, the public policies adopted in both the EU and the member states in recent years to enhance the social economy sector and thirdly, measuring the weight of the social economy in each EU member country.

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The general objective of the Report is to study the recent evolution of the social economy in the European Union. It focuses on three areas: firstly, the social economy and the emergent concepts/movements related to it, secondly, the public policies adopted in both the EU and the member states in recent years to enhance the social economy sector and thirdly, measuring the weight of the social economy in each EU member country.

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2017
Annual activity report

This brochure is based on the full  Annual Activity Report 2016, issued in June 2017, which is the European Economic and Social Committee's main annual tool for reporting to the budgetary authority.

It provides an overview of all the Committee's activities in 2016.

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2017
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The principal areas of activity of the Section for External Relations (REX) include monitoring relations between the European Union and the countries and regions with which the EU has formal relations, and developing relations with civil society in these countries and regions, particularly in the candidate countries.

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2017
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SMEs are the backbone of the EU economy and have been placed in the focus of European policy following the adoption of the Small Business Act in 2008. This study makes a comprehensive overview of EU support initiatives for SMEs in the period 2007-2015 with the aim to assess the effectiveness of EU SME policies – both in terms of their formulation and implementation.

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