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.
In the framework of the Civil Society days, the EESC is hosting a comics' exhibition.
The European and Transatlantic Dialogue Programme of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (https://fnf-europe.org/) asked comic artists from all over the world what their understanding of Europe is and what they imagine Europe to look like in 50, 100 or even 200 years.
An exhibition to celebrate the Conference of Messina in 1955
This exhibition will be organized in cooperation with the Historical Archives of the European Union, Alinari, Consiglio Italiano del Movimiento Europeo and SMILE.
15 March – 1 April 2016
Our first exhibition linked to the Dutch EU Presidency in 2016 is called "Time will change". It consists of two projects: Living colours and Biobased collection. The opening of the exhibition will take place on 16th of March at 6.30 pm and the exhibition will remain open until the 15th of April in the Foyer 6 (JDE building). The exposed student works form a joint exhibition of the Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy (Locatie Avans Hogeschool, Breda) and AKV St Joost Academy of Art & Design, both situated in the Netherlands.
Photo exhibition on Andrzej Wajda, recently deceased Polish film director. Wajda is considered one of Poland’s greatest directors, who over his long career received an honorary Oscar and Palme d’Or. Many of his films were inspired by turbulent wartime and communist history.
Although well known in Poland, Andrzej Wajda is not equally known in Europe and the exhibition would therefore aim at making its work and life known to a wider public. The photos were taken by Czeslaw Czaplinski, world-renowned artist photographer, journalist and documentary film maker.
The exhibition will run from 21 December 2016 to 31 January 2017 – closing event on 25 January 2017.
The event will focus on the role of civil society in preventing radicalisation of young people. The debates will serve to clarify how EU policy-makers can help civil society practitioners to successfully prevent radicalisation. The first panel will cover different elements of anti-radicalisation policy, focusing on what is needed to increase success rates. The second panel will focus on the role of education in preventing radicalisation. Participants will share their view on what can be done to render more effective existing civil society initiatives aiming to prevent radicalisation.
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.