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The aim of this conference was to provide an invaluable and unique opportunity to review and assess Ireland's journey through the past 40 years of EU membership and to discuss important issues such as: "The costs and consequences of a non-Europe", "Ireland as an example of how to cope with the challenges posed by the financial crisis", plus a range of various other topics concerning the CAP reform, the future of European farming and the environment, within the context of the negotiations on the MFF.


The members of the study group preparing the opinion on EU Arctic Policy to address globally emerging interests in the region – a view of civil society organised a public hearing on 31 January 2013 in Rovaniemi, Finland to discuss with the representatives of the civil society the EU's interests and priorities in the region which wins emerging interest among the global actors, in such areas as energy, transport, with serious consequences for the environment and the inhabitants.


Film portraits of political work at the base by Andreas Dresen

Gelebte Demokratie - Kleine Helden der Politik
Politik in der ostdeutschen Provinz
Filmporträts politischer Arbeit an der Basis von Andreas Dresen

31 Januar 2013 | 18.00 > 22.30 Uhr
31 January 2013 | 6 p.m. > 10.30 p.m.


On Tuesday, 29 January 2013, the Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption organised a Public Hearing in the framework of the elaboration of its own-initiative opinion on "The internal market and State aid for the regions". The opinion aimed to put forward a new proposal to update the current reference model and make the system of regional aid more effective and coherent. The purpose of this public hearing was to ensure the direct involvement of civil society organisations in support of the Committee's stated aims.


The EESC organised a conference on "Mobilising European SMEs policy for Malta: Lessons learned, current challenges and future opportunities" in Malta, at the Representation of the European Commission in La Valetta on 25 January 2013. Supporting SMEs is, in the EESC's view, one of the highest priorities to exit the crisis and recover economic growth. It is therefore important to back SME initiatives aiming at promoting entrepreneurship and creating a friendly business environment for them.


The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organizing a public presentation of its opinion "Maritime piracy: strengthening the EU response".

23/01/2013 24/01/2013
Open space event to launch the European Year of Citizens 2013

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is pleased to invite you to embark on a journey to strengthen dialogue and participation within the context of the European Year of the Citizen 2013. On 23 and 24 January, we are holding an Open Space event in Brussels to explore future pathways of active European citizenship.

22/01/2013 23/01/2013

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Brazilian Council for Economic and Social Development (CDES) were holding their seventh meeting of the European Union – Brazil Civil Society Round Table in Brussels, Belgium, on 22-23 January 2013.


High-level hearing on "Single European Sky II+" with speakers from the broad range of aviation stakeholders, such as European Institutions, Member States, Air Navigation Service Providers, airlines and airports, and from civil society at large. Transport Commissioner Kallas has confirmed his participation as a keynote speaker.

16/01/2013 17/01/2013

486th Plenary session with the participation of Mr Andreas Mavroyiannis, Cypriot Deputy Minister for European Affairs, representing the presidency of the Council of the EU for the second half of 2012, Mr Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council.