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The EESC contributed to the Fitness Check of Legal Migration by collecting the views of the organisations represented within the EESC and other civil society organisations (using a questionnaire and fact-finding missions in selected Member States and this hearing).

The purpose of the hearing was to discuss possible ways of streamlining the current EU framework for the sake of better management of legal migration flows and better alignment of legal migration policy to the economic and social needs of the EU.

04/05/2017
From Cork 2.0 Declaration to concrete actions

On 9 November 2016 the EESC and CoR organised a conference on balanced territorial development entitled "Cork+20: leaving rural areas behind is no longer an option". At stake was the European Commission's new rural development strategy, which would normally have to be inspired by the new Cork 2.0 Declaration that has been co-signed by stakeholders at the Cork conference on 5-6 September 2016.

Now is the time to put the Cork 2.0 Declaration into action.

The EESC opinion is the organized civil society's contribution to the follow-up of the Conference. At the public hearing on 3 May we  discussed concrete actions for implementing the measures of the declaration. The trend towards a systematic prioritarization of urban areas across the whole set of EU sectoral policies must be reversed!

03/05/2017

In recent years, a discussion has unfolded on international tax agreements in relation to EU partnerships with developing countries. As a contribution to the debate, the EESC is currently drafting an opinion in which it will examine the arguments presented in recent studies on capital flows and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) out of and into developing countries, and will look at the coherence between EU development and investment policies. Furthermore, the opinion aims to further the dialogue between European Commission and the Member States regarding double taxation agreements, investment and development policy objectives.

 

28/04/2017

On 28 April 2017, the European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD)  and the EESC organized a joint event to present and discuss the results of the stakeholders consultation on the Horizon 2020 programme. The event was also an occasion to compare these results with those of the recent EESC Information report on the same topic (INT/807, rapporteur: Lobo Xavier).

This event, taking place in the EESC premises in Brussels, was part of a series of events co-organized by the EESC and DG RTD on Research and Innovation, an area of great importance for Europe because of its contribution in promoting the creation of jobs, growth and investment.

28/04/2017

525th Plenary Session including the following events:  

Debate with Can Dündar, a Turkish journalist nominated for the 2016 Sakharov Prize, on Wednesday 26 April at 3 p.m.

Debate with Professor Dusan Sidjanski, honorary chairman of the European Cultural Centre, on Wednesday 26 April at 4.30 p.m.

Debate with Maroš Šefčovič, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for the Energy Union, on Thursday 27 April at 10.30 a.m.

26/04/2017 27/04/2017

The EESC's Consultative Commission on Industrial Change has drawn up several opinions on the paradigm of digitalisation. These opinions contained recommendations for the European Institutions and public authorities in general. The conference to be held in Malta on 21 April 2017 will provide an opportunity for passing on these recommendations again so that they can be taken on board and swiftly implemented by the public authorities.

21/04/2017

The exhibition focuses on an accessible society for autistic persons. Pictures were taken by three photographers from the UK, Poland and Luxembourg, all aiming to help people understand what accessibility means for autistic persons and what kind of obstacles they face in their everyday life. Ultimately, the exhibition also aims at celebrating human diversity and at triggering a reflection on how to create the conditions for better inclusion for all in our community.

Photographs: Graham Miller, Michał Awin and André Weisgerber

04/04/2017 21/04/2017

The ECI DAY 2017 focused on the individual involvement of citizens and their active role in policy shaping. It was organised in the context of the 60th anniversary of the Rome treaties, the first treaty to talk about European citizenship, in order to show all the positive developments of the concept and a number of new tools to involve citizens. The theme "I participate!" was to underline the importance of citizens' personal involvement in building up a comprehensive democratic system in the EU.

11/04/2017

The event will be divided into two separate parts: the first panel will tackle issues of the immediuate present,  the question of "Challenges and opportunities of energy transition, alleviating the economic and social impact of declining coal". It deals with the direct consequences of the energy transition, of declining coal. The challenges also include the impact of closures of nuclear power plants.

The second panel will deal with the future and how decentralised renewables can revive coal-mining regions

The agenda was compiled in close cooperation with the TEN section, and other section presidents were also informed and invited.

07/04/2017

Exchange of views with Mario MONTI, Chair of the High Level Group on Own Resources, on the findings and recommendations of the High Level Group, organised during the ECO Section meeting on Thursday, 6 April 2017, at the EESC premises in Brussels.

06/04/2017

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