At its upcoming plenary session of 22-23 May, the European Economic and Social Committee will host a debate with Vincent Chauvet and Martin Wittenberg, initiators of the ongoing European Citizens' Initiative, "One single tariff". Another highlight of the session will be a discussion with the presidents of Austrian social partner organisations and European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič on youth employment and Austrian best practice.
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Achim Steiner talked to EU civil society about Rio+20 follow-up actions, the sustainable development goals and the post-2015 development agenda
There must be an open and transparent European energy dialogue both within and between EU Member States: this is the message of a joint declaration adopted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute yesterday in Paris. This text will be presented to the European Council ahead of its 22 May meeting centred on energy.
The debate on the overall cost of electricity from intermittent renewable energy sources must be completely transparent and the data publicly available, said the European Economic and Social Committee at Wednesday's Informal Meeting of Energy Ministers in Dublin.
Statement by the EESC President. During his visit to Lithuania, Henri Malosse, EESC President, travelled to the Ignalina plant, closed at the request of the European Commission as one of the conditions of Lithuania's accession to the European Union.
"Access to energy is a key issue for all countries as well as their citizens. However, if Europe is to play a role, if European integration is to make sense, it is precisely by addressing the strategic challenge of sharing energy resources. Member States will achieve nothing in the long term if they act alone."
EESC president Henri Malosse today met the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė, to address the challenge of the lack of support by European citizens for the European leadership. With particular reference to energy issues, he warned about the impact of policies that did not involve the people and the difficulty of winning back popular support in these days of economic crisis.
A single European airspace will not emerge without greater leadership from the European Commission and a better enforcement of EU legislation, said the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) during its April plenary session.
Former deputy speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Jane Morrice, has been elected vice-president of a Brussels-based organisation that advises EU lawmakers. Known as the European Economic and Social Committee, the EESC is made up of 344 members from the 27 EU member countries. A journalist who worked for BBC Belfast and European Report in Brussels, Jane Morrice will be responsible for communication during her two and a half year term.
Hans-Joachim Wilms has been appointed new vice-president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), with particular responsibility for the budget. As president of the Budget Group secretariat, he will continue to push the message already expressed in a number of Committee opinions, namely that the ambitious challenges facing the EU make it vital to increase the size of its budget so as to revitalise economic growth and employment.
Henri Malosse is kicking off a 2½-year tenure as head of the EU institution representing civil society. With the public increasingly at a loss to understand decisions taken by the European Union, the new president is determined to make the EESC once again a force to be reckoned with in the European debate. This is a priority, he believes, given the crisis Europe is now facing.