Public hearing organised by the Single Market Observatory (SMO) of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 11 March 2013 from 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Eurofound premises, Wyattville Road, Loughlinstown , Dublin 18.
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The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the International Confederation of Popular Banks (CIBP), the European Association of Co-operative Banks and UEAPME will be organizing a conference on Access to finance for SMEs in Brussels on 8 March 2013. As pointed out in the EESC opinion on the "Action Plan on Access to finance for SMEs" adopted in September 2012, the financial crisis has halved Europe’s growth potential. Many investment plans, talents and ideas risk not being realized because of uncertainty, sluggish demand and lack of funding.
The EESC Sustainable Development Observatory has organised, together with ANPED, EEB and CIDSE a European civil society workshop on Sustainable Development Goals.
The aim of the workshop was to provide the space to advance the civil society discussion on SDGs in order to make concrete proposals. European representatives of UN Major Groups and EESC members have had the opportunity to influence the EU decision making process on SDGs and to identify how to influence the UN process.
Perspectives ahead of the Lithuanian Presidency (co-organised by the EESC + Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists + Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania + Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology of Lithuania (MITA)(CCMI/108)
The purpose of Civil Society Day 2013 is to illustrate how European citizenship can best be conceived and achieved if tied in with the economic, social and civic life of the European project and the policies that underpin it.
Beyond the lofty ideals that have been proclaimed for decades, it is actually in people's daily lives that active European citizenship must constantly renew itself and assert its relevance.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising a conference titled "Towards a more responsible use of the internet: The European civil society perspective". The internet and online communication technologies have triggered the increasing development of flexible tools for culture, work and free time. At the same time, however, they have allowed potentially harmful, illegal and risky activities and content to rapidly expand in the cyberspace....
Active labour market policies aim to improve the functioning of the labour market, notably by matching the unemployed or those with difficulties in the labour market to vacancies or jobs or by enhancing their employability with a view to future employment. However, during the crisis job creation and active labour market policies were largely affected by austerity measures.
On 28 February 2013, the Workers' Group organised an extraordinary meeting in Brussels. The morning session was devoted to internal matters. During the afternoon, there was a discussion on the theme "Employment and economic performance of the agri-food sector in the countries of the European Union".
The last few months have seen the reconsideration of issues about nuclear safety and nuclear’s long-term contribution to the EU’s energy mix. The EESC and the European Commission are therefore organizing an open, balanced and exploratory process of dialogue and debate for all stakeholders in civil society.
The workshop is the follow up of the petition and the first step towards an initiative aiming to fill the gap between the Directives 2004/54/EC (on road tunnels) and 2008/96/EC (on road safety audits and inspections). A constructive informal discussion and concrete measures as a way forward are expected.