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On 31 March, the President of the EESC, Georges Dassis, heading a 4-Member delegation, took part in the Fifth European Forum of Social Entrepreneurship in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The Forum provides an opportunity for social entrepreneurs to communicate directly with representatives of European and national institutions and to get more familiar with current policies for promoting the social economy. "Governments and public bodies have begun to recognise the importance of social entrepreneurship. Steps are being taken ...


New proposal to streamline EU maritime security in a time of dire need… Can it be implemented fast enough to protect borders and save lives?

The European Economic and Social Committee is backing moves by the European Commission to boost cooperation and information exchange between various EU agencies and national bodies currently carrying out coastguard functions. But it stresses that “time is of the essence in implementing the proposed measures”.


On 16 March 2016, Mr Dassis had a meeting with Mr Bakradze, Georgian Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, who was accompanied by Mr Gogolashvili, the recently appointed Chairman of the Georgian National Platform within the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum. Mr Adamczyk, co-chair of the future EU-Georgia Civil Society Platform, also attended the meeting.