On 30 June, Pierre-Jean Coulon, President of the Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society of the European Economic and Social Committee (profile), participated in the seminar on "The role of electricity networks in the energy transition" at the French Senate in Paris.
"There is an urgent need for structural changes, political innovation and systemic change where the social economy and civil society should be at the heart of these changes, acting as catalysts, innovators and facilitators of this transformation"
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On 29 June the President of the European Economic and Social Committee met with Dr. Hans-Gert Poettering, former President of the European Parliament (EP) and Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung political foundation and they discussed the project of the House of European History.
Experts from politics and civil society gathered at the public hearing organised by the European Economic and Social Committee to discuss the current situation of prosumers in the EU and the opportunities and challenges that they are currently facing.
"Consumers, households and businesses will play an important role in the Energy Market by becoming consumers and producers at the same time", said in his keynote speech Tomasz Husak, Head of Cabinet of the Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska.
The president of the European Economic and Social Committee, Georges Dassis, met today 28th of June, with a delegation of the Hellenic Confederation of Craftsmen and Merchants (GSEVEE) headed by their president Mr Kavvathas. During their meeting in Brussels, they had the opportunity to exchange views on the current economic and social situation of Greece.
On 28 June, the President of the European Economic and Social Committee met in Brussels with Dominique de Crayencour, Director of Institutional Affairs and Head of the Brussels office of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Jorge Ramirez Puerto, General Manager of the European Microfinance Network.
The 2016 annual congress of the European Builders Confederation (EBC) was hosted at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 24 June. This year's congress focused on how to make sure small and medium-sized enterprises can tap into the potential of Building Information Modelling (BIM). It also presented recent developments and various projects linked to this innovative process including, training needs.
"The European project, which was born after the Second World War to reconcile people and transform the historical rivalries between the countries of Europe in an ever closer union, is now being challenged. Never before has the European idea been so threatened. The integration process has never seemed so reversible. Europe has never seemed so distant from the concerns of its citizens."
It is with my deepest personal regret that we woke this morning to the news that the United Kingdom will be leaving the European Union. Democracy has spoken, but the consequences will be of the scale of a nuclear explosion, rippling through the national, European and global arenas.