The first European Microfinance Day "What if we could turn job seekers into job creators?", is organised on 19-20 October 2015 at the EESC's premises in Brussels in a n partnership of the EESC with the Microfinance Centre (MFC) and the European Microfinance Network (EMN). It aims to raise awareness of microfinance as a tool to fight social exclusion and unemployment in Europe. A multitude of workshops, debates, expositions, meetings, etc. will take place at local level all across the EU-28.
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- „Gazdasági és monetáris unió, gazdasági és társadalmi kohézió” (ECO) szekció - Related Events
„Gazdasági és monetáris unió, gazdasági és társadalmi kohézió” (ECO) szekció - Related Events
ECO Workshop "Partnership – the key to successful urban development" during the CoR OPEN DAYS 2015, moderated by Mr van Iersel, ECO president.
This workshop will look at the cases of Glasgow and Vilnius. The objective of the workshop is to examine the potential opportunities and challenges faced by the cities and how these are determined by their location.
Following the Baltic, Danube and Adriatic Ionian Regions, the Alpine area is the fourth to develop its macro-regional strategy. With the collaboration of seven countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Liechtenstein and Switzerland) and the European Commission, three specific pillars have been identified as a basis for future cooperation. These focus on sustainable growth and promoting innovation, connectivity and sustainability of natural and cultural resources.
The EESC is examining the merits and the applicability of a concept for a new sustainable economic model based on core values such as solidarity, human dignity, social justice, environmental sustainability, transparency and democratic participation. This concept for an Economy for the Common Good (ECG) has taken root in certain EU countries, with the support and assistance of local stakeholder groups, businesses and social organisations. The EESC wants to analyse these proposals in terms of achieving sustainable growth and the creation of high-quality jobs in the European Union.
In this context, the EESC will hold a public hearing on the Economy for the Common Good which will take place on Wednesday, 17 June 2015, starting at 10 a.m. at the EESC premises in Brussels.
Lack of access to finance has been reported as one of the major problems for European companies, in particular SMEs and midcaps.
The EESC is examining, in an information report, the source of the problems and how to overcome them, and would like to put forward concrete ideas on behalf of organised civil society. A number of practical coordinating and supporting measures also are expected to be identified, related to the provision of information, consultation and guidance for the companies in this field. Financing opportunities from the European Structural and Investment Funds should equally form part of the analysis.
In this context the EESC will hold a public hearing on Access to finance for SMEs and Midcaps in the period 2014 – 2020 - Opportunities and challenges which will take place at the EESC premises in Brussels on Wednesday, 3 June 2015, starting at 10 a. m.
The EU's own budget resources should be overhauled, giving them a new structure to take account of current economic realities. The current system for funding the EU budget is complicated and lacks clarity for the public. A high-level group on own resources chaired by Mario Monti has been formally established to this end. The Committee wants to revisit the issue of own resources and its broader ramifications, with the stress on a fair competitive environment for Europe's producers. The public hearing organised on Monday, 1 June 2015 at the EESC headquarters in Brussels will be a rare opportunity for stakeholders, politicans and civil society represetatives to discuss this highly sensitive topic.
The European Council mandated the four presidents – Juncker, Tusk, Dijsselbloem and Draghi – to report by June 2015 on further measures to strengthen the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and economic policy coordination. The hearing and the opinion will examine not only the barriers and risks to, but also the opportunities and benefits arising from further euro area integration.
Within the framework of its own-initiative opinion Proposal for mapping macro-regional strategies across Europe, the Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion of the European Economic and Social Committee is organising a public hearing on 26 November 2014 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The opinion aims to give an overview on the European macro-regional strategies, analysing the differences and commonalities between their approaches across the various regions. Its purpose is to present a proposal on how to adjust such strategies to achieve uniform European development practice.
ECO Workshop "Specialised cities: the key to success" during the CoR OPEN DAYS 2014, moderated by Mr Haken, replacing Mr van Iersel. In line with an EESC workshop last year, three cities have been invited: Prague, Torino and Valencia. The goal of the workshop is to present best practices on partnership of various stakeholders in urban environment through the example of these three cities.
Community Led Local Development (CLLD) is a specific tool for use at sub-regional level, which is complementary to other development support at local level. CLLD can mobilise and involve local communities and organisations to contribute to achieving the Europe 2020 Strategy goals of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, fostering territorial cohesion and reaching specific policy objectives.
In order to deliver an overview of the position of civil society, a public hearing was organised on 29 September 2014 at the EESC headquarters in Brussels, bringing together different actors in the field who shares their experience and positions regarding this new tool.