Participating in the workshop on Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development at the Closing Conference of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 #EuropeForCulture, organised under the outgoing Austrian presidency in December in Vienna, Tom Jones emphasised that the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) had fully supported the designation of the thematic year and the initiatives around it. He also recalled that public investment must be "rural-proofed", to maximise support to rural creative sectors and local groups working to enhance the infrastructure of our rural heritage.
EESC President Luca Jahier participated in the 129th plenary session of the Committee of the Regions. In the debate about "Regions and cities - Key drivers for reinforcing the European identity through culture" the participants highlighted that cities and regions reflect Europe's cultural diversity and are best placed to turn Europe's cultural heritage into a strategic asset.
Italy’s Luca Jahier has been elected as the 32nd president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the EU body representing organised civil society, which he will head for the next two and a half years. The two new vice-presidents will be Milena Angelova (Bulgaria) for budget and Isabel Caño Aguilar (Spain) for communication. Read the inaugural speech.
The EU needs a concrete plan to champion culture as a vital element in open, tolerant societies, according to Europe’s leading organised civil society body. The 350-member EESC held a debate with Culture Commissioner Tibor Navracsics and voted through its opinion on the EU’s recent strategy for international cultural relations on Wednesday at its May plenary in Brussels.
Culture has an enormous untapped potential for becoming a unifying and mobilising instrument in Europe.
On 10 January 2017, the EESC, in cooperation with the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), is organizing the screening of the film "Sold" at Bozar.
Based on true stories, "Sold" illustrates the brutality of child trafficking, which affects millions of children around the globe every year. EESC Vice Presdient Gonçalo Lobo Xavier will participate in the opening and Group I member Madi Sharma, rapporteur for opinions on human trafficking, will participate in the debate following the screening.
The EESC hosted the presentation of the study "Integrating the European Pillar of Social Rights into the roadmap for deepening Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union" on Thursday 4 July 2019, in meeting room VM3 in the VMA building. This study on behalf of the Workers’ Group of the European Economic and Social Committee explores the possibility of establishing three policy instruments to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) and rebalance the economic and social dimensions of the E(M)U.
Exhibition of photographs taken by the British photojournalist Giles Duley
In the framework of a cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Giles Duley is capturing the stories of the refugees arriving on the Greek island of Lesvos.
Mr Duley will take part at the opening and present his work in person
In the framework of the Maltese EU Presidency, the EESC is hosting an exhibition of contemporary portraits by Joseph P. Smith, featuring ageing citizens of Birgu and a video projection with interviews and behind-the-scenes activity.
The exhibition will be opened in the framework of the February Plenary Session (22 February 2017) and can be visited from 23.2 – 24.3.2017 in JDE Foyer 6.
Venue: EESC – JDE building,
rue Belliard 99 – 6th floor – Foyer 6
Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. and Friday: 8.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will be opening its doors to the general public between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
This year, the EESC is focussing on what civil society organisations are doing in response to the migration crisis in Europe.
Under the common interinstitutional slogan of “United in diversity”, the Committee will also showcase its work on economic and social policy for the European Union, its work on sustainable development and its efforts to support participatory democracy in Europe and throughout the world.
On the day’s programme are a variety of information stands, fun activities for all, a photo booth, a children’s corner and musical events.
On June 2016, the Commission and the European external Action service presented the Joint Communication 'Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations'. In it, three work streams are outlined:
- Supporting culture as an engine for sustainable social and economic development.
- Promoting Culture and intercultural dialogue for peaceful inter-community relations.
- Reinforcing cooperation of cultural heritage.