Press releases

  • Reference number
    73/2015

    Aviation has a very broad impact on economic growth. The air transport system generates benefits beyond the immediate aviation industry. As well as connectivity and mobility for citizens and businesses, they include securing investments, supplying jobs and improving productivity and innovation - thus contributing to society's welfare. The aviation sector employs almost 2 million people and contributes EURO 110 billion to Europe's economy.[1]

     

  • Reference number
    72/2015

    In the hot phase of the COP21 talks the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) again urges world leaders to deliver an ambitious, legally-binding agreement that will be consistent with the overall objective of keeping global warming below the 2°C threshold.

    "I call on the responsibility of European and world leaders and want to remind them that COP21 is decisive for the future of our planet and in particular the people who live on it. When you are serious with the Sustainable Development Goals, when you are serious with fighting poverty, then you have to act now. Failure is not an option", was EESC President Georges Dassis again very clear and powerful in his message to the negotiators at COP21.

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    Reference number
    71/2015

    More than 120 million people in the EU face the risk of poverty or social exclusion[1]

    Grassroots organisations working to alleviate poverty in Germany, Ireland, France, Poland and Finland show the way in providing direct assistance to those in need.  The European Economic and Social Committee has dedicated the 2015 European Civil Society Prize to organisations distinguishing themselves through their creativity and success in combatting poverty.

    Poverty and social exclusion includes many multi-faceted challenges such as housing, health, education, access to employment, indebtedness and addiction, to name but a few. Civil society organisations across the European Union are actively addressing these issues.  Activities often focus on local needs and – crucially – directly involve people experiencing poverty themselves in their implementation.


     

  • Reference number
    70/2015

    On the eve of COP 21, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) together with the Committee of the Regions (CoR) have urged negotiators in Paris not to fail, sending a clear message: Real action on climate and towards low-carbon transition is taking place outside of the political decision-making process, and it is now time for the contribution of civil-society actors as well as local and regional authorities to be framed in a multi-level governance system.

  • Reference number
    69/2015

    More than 200 participants explored and debated work organisation and skill development practices that benefit both employers and employees at a joint seminar organised by Cedefop, Eurofound and the EESC in Brussels on 19 November.

    The seminar was an opportunity to present to policymakers, academics, practitioners and representatives from national authorities, European institutions, enterprises and trade unions the findings of Eurofound's Third European Company Survey and Cedefop's European Skills and Jobs Survey.

  • Reference number
    68/2015

    When discovering there was no help, no support nor advice for her and her son, Robbie, victim of a serious attack in Greece that left him with lifelong brain injuries, Maggie Hughes decided to take on the fight for the rights of victims. This fight led her from a helpless situation in 2008 in Crete to having helped influence EU legislation to support victims of crime in the EU in 2012 and to get a final judgement in Robbie's case in September 2015.

  • Reference number
    66/2015

    Yesterday the EESC President, Georges Dassis, met Sandro Gozi, Italian Secretary of State of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers responsible for European policies, in the presence of Joost Van Iersel, President of the EESC's Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion (ECO) and Carmelo Cerdone, Vice-President of the Section. The meeting focused on the process of the European integration and especially the completion of the EMU in the light of the recent Five Presidents' Report (http://ec.europa.eu/priorities/economic-monetary-union/docs/5-presidents-report_en.pdf) and the Commission's Deepening EMU Package (http://ec.europa.eu/priorities/economic-monetary-union).

  • Reference number
    65/2015

    During the European week for combating organised crime, the EESC is looking at ways of improving collaboration between civil society and the local authorities in combating the scourge of organised crime.

    In Europe, some 3 600 organised criminal groups and networks are involved in the heinous business of crime, ranging from trafficking in human beings and smuggling migrants, arms, drugs, rare animal species and cultural artefacts, to illicit trade in fake medicines. These are all potential sources of revenue for the Mafia, transnational criminal organisations and terrorist groups.

  • Reference number
    64/2015

    Joint EESC-UNEP Press Release

    The first step is done – in September 2015 heads of governments and states agreed on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as pathway toward more inclusive, prosperous and sustainable societies. This marks an evolution in both the maturity and ambition of the international community in pushing forward new models of greener and more inclusive prosperity for all. Now is the time to translate the 17 Sustainable Development goals into common and individual public policies all over the world.

    The Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the United Nations Environment Programme will work together in order to ensure that civil society is fully involved into the SDG's implementation.

  • Reference number
    63/2015

    2nd meeting of the EU-Africa Socio-Economic Actors Network adopts joint resolution

    An approach based on full cooperation with African countries and respect for human rights in tackling the refugee flows into the EU has the full support of civil society from both continents. However, it is necessary to act now: "An action plan is not enough, it is important to equip it with the necessary funding and improve coordination and cooperation". These were the main messages of the 2nd meeting of the EU-Africa Socio-Economic Actors Network in Brussels, organised by the European Economic and Social Committee on 27-28 October.