This document provides a summary of the discussion entitled "Bridging the skills gap for growth and job creation", which was held in Sofia (Bulgaria) on 22 March 2018. The conference was organised by the Employers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee together with the Association of the Organizations of the Bulgarian Employers. The seminar was included in the calendar of meetings of the Bulgarian Presidency to the Council of the EU.
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The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has developed a dual approach, regional and bilateral, for its relations with civil society organizations (CSOs) of the Western Balkans.
This publication provides a short overview of the successes of the mandate of the outgoing President of the Various Interests Group, Mr Luca Jahier, over the last seven and a half years (October 2010 to April 2018). 'Achievements of the Presidency of Luca Jahier' outlines the main thematic events organised by the Various Interests Group and the Categories which it manages, it informs on studies and publications commissioned by the EESC at the request of the Various Interests Group and on its successful communication strategies.
After 20 editions of European Consumer Day, we take a look back at the consumer issues we have discussed through the years.
Summary of the conference on "The future of democracy in Europe" held in Athens on 1-2 March 2018.
This external study describes the situation of and prospects for cooperative banking in the European context, with reference to the models representing the sector in Germany, France, the Netherlands and Italy, since those countries have the largest institutions and the traditions of longest standing.
This leaflet is part of a series of publications published in the context of the cultural events organised by the EESC.
Within the framework of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the European Economic and Social Committee is hosting the exhibition "The Cyrillic Alphabet – The New Alphabet in the European Union".
The exhibition consists of a collection of graphic art posters created by students of the Department of Book and Printed Graphics of the Bulgaria's National Academy of Art in 2007, on the occasion of the country's accession to the EU.
This publication provides an analysis of the main challenges faced by civil society organisations (CSOs), of the trends and drivers of change and of the future prospects for relations between policy-makers at the national and European level and CSOs. It was developed with the purpose of examining what might await European CSOs in the next 13 years until 2030, what are the main challenges and how these should be tackled.
The 11th Civil Society Media Seminar, organised at the Spanish Economic and Social Committee in Madrid from 23 to 24 November 2017 looked at globalisation of media and news, particularly in connection with the rise of social media. In three panels it looked at topic from different angles: "Populismus – How should civil society meet the challenge of populism?", "Fake news – the new anti-media weapon?" and "Code of Culture – The driver's licence for social media use?"
On 4 April 2017, the president of the European Economic and Social Committee, Georges Dassis, received a request for an exploratory opinion from Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission. He asked the EESC to present the ideas and priorities of European civil society concerning the Union's future development.