The Energy Union has been identified as one of the ten key priorities of the current European Commission. This ambitious policy programme – with the aim of creating a European energy system that delivers secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy to Europe's citizens – has been launched in February 2015 and has already resulted in various policy initiatives.
From 17 to 19 March 2016, the EESC welcomed 99 students and 33 teachers from the 28 Member States of the European Union (EU) and the five candidate countries for EU accession, for the seventh edition of Your Europe, Your Say! This event gave these young people a chance to see how EESC decision-making works and debate some of the key social and political issues currently faced by Europe.
This year, young people debated on migrants in Europe - the topic of Your Europe, Your Say! They had a chance to speak to policy-makers about better asylum rules and make practical suggestions regarding integration that could be taken up in their own community.
515th Plenary Session, with the following debates :
The external policy of the Union and the role of organised civil society, with F. Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-president of the European Commission followed by The European Agenda on Migration, in conjunction with the presentation of the report of the ad hoc group on Migration and refugees, with D. Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship
The EESC has received a request from the incoming Dutch EU Presidency for an exploratory opinion on how to achieve more sustainable food systems in a resource-constrained world. In the past few years, civil society has been increasingly concerned about the environmental, economic and social impact of unsustainable food chains. Globally, about one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. Food is also one of the most important drivers of environmental pressures. The hearing will represent an opportunity to hear from experts and stakeholders about their views and initiatives for a transition to more sustainable food systems in Europe. The discussion will take a holistic and systemic approach by considering the environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainability and the importance of cross-sectoral co-operation across the food supply chain.
On 10th and 11th March 2016, a delegation of Members TEN Section is in mission in the Balears (ES), with the objective to evaluate the islands' conversion to numerical. Welcomed by M Iago Neguereda -Regional Minister of Labour, Trade and Industry of the Government of Balearic islands- EESC Members visit three projects developed in Majorca on coastal observing and forecasting, turism and emergency.
The European Economic and Social Committee has the pleasure of inviting you to the exhibition of photographs taken by the kids of the Ecole de de Devoirs de l’Antenne Nord-Est du CPAS de la Ville de Bruxelles.
After having built their own photo camera and mastered the shooting and developing procedures, the kids explored their city, with a different gaze.
The European Economic and Social Committee has the pleasure of inviting you to the opening of the exhibition:
"Involving Women + Young People = Inclusive Construction SMEs +" A collection of portraits
Wednesday 17 February 2016 at 7 p.m.
Venue: JDE building – 6th floor – Foyer 6
Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. and Friday: 8.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m..
The 18th edition of the European Consumer Day was held in Brussels on 10 March 2016.
We discussed the Better Regulation initiative, what should be taken into account by the Commission and other institutions in implementing this new strategy and how to make sure that consumers do not lose out.