We were all happy when the European Commission designated 2013 as the European Year of Citizens. Citizens play a central role in Europe’s future and integration. What could be more appropriate and timely to dedicate a European Year to them?
Presentation on the occasion of the EESC hearing on Europe for Citizens 2014-2020
Presentation on the occasion of the EESC hearing on the Europe for Citizens Programme for 2014-2020 (Brussels, 3 May 2012)
"From April 2012, European citizens will enjoy a new right, which will give them a stronger voice in EU affairs when the European Citizens’ Initiative enters into force. From that moment on, they will be able to express their demands in a new, unprecedented way. By collecting one million signatures across Europe, they can call upon the European Commission to propose or change European legislation. The European Economic and Social Committee has been an advocate of citizens’ rights to participate since the beginning of the European project.
The Commission has proposed to designate 2013 as the European Year of Citizens. The year will mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Union citizenship under the Maastricht Treaty and will precede and prepare the European Parliament's elections in 2014.
The main objective of the Commission's proposal is to inform Union citizens about their rights as such. Particular importance is given to the right to move and reside freely, which is essential to enable individuals, businesses and society to benefit from the opportunities of the single market.
Presentation by Regina Jensdottir (Council of Europe, co-ordinator of the "One in Five" and "Underwear rule" campaigns) on the occasion of the EESC hearing on ’Protection of children against sexual abuse’
Presentation by Ariane Couvreur and Laura Bosch (ECPAT International) on the occasion of the EESC hearing on ’Protection of children against sexual abuse’
Presentation by Kristine Kloeck (CEO of ChildFocus) on the occasion of the EESC hearing ’Protection of children against sexual abuse’