This brochure presents the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). The EESC is not like other EU bodies. It is a unique forum for consultation, dialogue and consensus between representatives from all the different sectors of "organised civil society", including employers, trade unions and groups such as professional and community associations, youth organisations, women's groups, consumers, environmental campaigners and many more.
This publication, which is aimed both at the general public and at the other European institutions, provides an overview of the work carried out by the EESC in recent years in the main European policy areas, or more specifically, on economic, social, environmental and international issues.
The ninth edition of "Your Europe, Your Say!" (YEYS) took place on 15 and 16 March during the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH), an initiative to celebrate cultural heritage and bring it closer to citizens. The heading for the young people’s debates was: United in diversity: a younger future for European culture – can European youth take European culture to heart?
In 2005 the Commission adopted the "Monti-Kroes package", updated in 2011 (the "Almunia package"), with key rules for services of general economic interest (SGEI) funding. The Commission declared its intention to carry out a review of this set of rules five years after their entry into force.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an own initiative opinion in order to contribute to the upcoming Commission review by taking a detailed look at experience with implementing the SGEI package.
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.
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.