On 30 and 31 March, 100 students and 39 teachers from all 28 EU Member States and the five EU candidate countries (Albania, Northern Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) met at the EESC in Brussels for “Your Europe, Your Say!” 2017. This year's theme was “Europe @ 60: Where to next?”.
An t-idirphlé a bhíonn ag CESE le heagraíochtaí na sochaí sibhialta sa Rúis, tá sé faoi réir na gcúig threoirphrionsabal don chaidreamh idir an tAontas Eorpaigh agus an Rúis, a shocraigh airí gnóthaí eachtracha an Aontais agus Ardionadaí an Aontais do Ghnóthaí Eachtracha agus don Bheartas Slándála. Ar cheann de na treoirphrionsabail seo tá "tacaíocht a thabhairt don teagmháil idir daoine".
An t-idirphlé agus an malartú taithí idir ionadaithe na sochaí sibhialta ón Aontas Eorpach agus ón Rúis, cuidíonn siad ar bhealach tábhachtach leis an gComhpháirtíocht Straitéiseach idir an tAontas agus an Rúis a chur chun feidhme ar dhóigh leanúnach. Tá cur chuige déshleasach glactha ag CESE i leith a chaidrimh le sochaí shibhialta na Rúise ionas go bhféadann sé dul i ngleic leis an réimse is leithne is féidir d'ionadaithe ón tsochaí shibhialta. Cothaíonn sé caidreamh le Comhlachas Sibhialta Chónaidhm na Rúise, arb é a mhacasamhail oifigiúil Rúiseach é, agus déanann sé comhsheimineáir bhliantúla, agus imeachtaí eile nach iad, a eagrú a bhaineann le hábhair is spéis leis an tsochaí shibhialta ar an dá thaobh. Is é an comhpháirtí eile atá ag CESE ná Fóram Sochaí Sibhialta AE-na Rúise, ina dtugtar le chéile tacar eile d'eagraíochtaí na sochaí sibhialta.
Is comhlacht inmheánach de chuid CESE é Coiste Leantach AE-na Rúise, a ghníomhaíonn mar ghrúpa stiúrtha agus atá freagrach as caidreamh a fhorbairt agus a chothú, agus as cruinnithe agus comhsheimineáir i gcomhar leis an tsochaí shibhialta sa Rúis a reáchtáil.
The EESC organised debates with organised civil society in all Member States between 2 September and 2 November 2016. The debates were coordinated by three EESC members ('trios') from the country concerned, often in co-operation with the European Commission (15 debates) or the national Economic and Social Council (7 debates).
On 17-18 March 2016, students from schools in all 28 EU Member States and, for the first time, from the 5 EU candidate countries (Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey) met at the EESC in Brussels for Your Europe, Your Say!. They came to debate an issue that has been one of the most important topics on the European political agenda for some time: migration and integration. The key question for this year’s event was “How can we better integrate migrants and refugees in our societies?”.
The European Union: how does it work? Can you influence decisions? Do you know how the policies that affect your life are made?
What if some of the EU’s complicated procedures were turned into a game – fun to play but challenging as well – that you could download onto your smartphone, tablet or laptop?
The study was conducted with the aim of analysing feasibility of a supply chain, to capitalise on unsold seafood products for distribution to deprived people
The European Economic and Social Committee has been an ardent supporter of the Eastern Partnership from the very outset and the EESC's Employers' Group has continually emphasised the need to strengthen the partnership's economic dimension. An appropriate tool was needed to enable the representatives of employers, entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises from the EU and its partner countries to meet and openly assess the process of convergence with the European acquis and its impact on the economic situation.
The business sector in Europe believes a deep and comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) can further enhance this economic relationship and ensure that everyone enjoys the benefits of trade and investment ties more fully.
The document is a summary of the discussion on the Impact of the TTIP in Malta, which took place in Valletta, Malta on 9 March 2015. The meeting was organised together with the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry.
The EU is highly dependent on energy resources. More than a half of EU energy consumption is linked to imports. Increasing instability in the Middle East together with the deterioration of EU-Russia relations mean that energy security will remain at the top of the EU's agenda in the coming years. How can we achieve a true energy union? How can interconnectivity be increased between Member States? What should the ideal energy mix look like and how can energy efficiency be increased within the EU? The publication summarises the debate that seeks answers to these questions.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is the biggest and most ambitious free trade agreement currently being negotiated by the European Union. Economists believe that an agreement with the USA will be advantageous for both the European Union and the USA, and the negative effects of trade liberalisation will be insignificant. This publication is a summary of the debate on "What development opportunities does the TTIP bring to Europe?" that was held in Sopot on 2 October 2014 as part of the European Forum for New Ideas.
The Observatory is carrying out a study on the implementation of EU policies for youth employment in a selection of six Member States: Austria, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Italy and Slovakia, seen from a civil society perspective.