High-level meeting sets new vision for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in the Mediterranean and Black Sea

The plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 10-11 September will discuss the strategic challenges of the Mediterranean region with Maltese Minister Helena Dalli. Discussions with two representatives of the Italian government, Secretary of State Teresa Bellanova and Secretary of State Domenico Manzione will focus on the very controversial topics of immigration and undeclared work in the EU. The EESC will also take a position on social dialogue in Economic and Monetary Union.

Undeclared work: Prevent and deterRapporteurs Palmieri and Bontea

Undeclared work undermines the ideals of legality, security and solidarity and poses a threat to social and fiscal justice, free market competition and the free movement of workers in the EU. The EESC welcomes the creation of a European platform to help EU countries prevent and deter this phenomenon and calls on the new Commission to facilitate the adoption of a common strategy to this end. After

– Vote preceded by a debate on September 10 at 2:40 p.m. with the Italian Secretary of State for Labor and Social Policy Teresa Bellanova

EU immigration policies – Reporter Julien

At the request of the Italian EU Presidency, the EESC has prepared an opinion on this hotly debated subject. The time for half-measures is over and the EESC calls for a genuine common policy on immigration, asylum and external borders in the medium and long term. Priority should be given to removing barriers and discrimination in the labor market, taking into account the demographic situation and aging populations in EU Member States. The EESC encourages a comprehensive approach to migration and mobility (AGMM) and the conclusion of balanced and legally binding mobility partnerships. After

– Vote preceded by a debate on September 10 at 4.45 p.m. with Italian Secretary of State for the Interior Domenico Manzione

Social dialogue in Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) Rapporteur Dassis

The European Parliament has asked for the opinion of the EESC on the structure and organization of social dialogue in EMU. Social dialogue is and must remain an inherent part of EU growth and employment policies, especially in measures to overcome the crisis. Both economic governance and social inclusion are integral to creating growth and jobs. Social dialogue can play a decisive role in ensuring a sustainable economic and social recovery in all EU countries, helping to create high-quality jobs and successful economic and social reforms. After

On September 11 at 9:30 am, the President of the EESC, Mr Malosse, will lead a debate with the Maltese Minister in charge of social dialogue, consumption and civil liberties, Helena Dalli, on the strategic challenges of the Mediterranean region.

EESC plenary session – 10 and 11 September 2014
Charlemagne building (European Commission), room S3, Brussels

Watch the plenary session here. The full agenda is available here.

Other opinions to be discussed and voted on during the plenary session:

  • Green paper on mHealth – Caño Aguilar
  • EU Maritime Safety Strategy – Bredima
  • EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region –Palmieri
  • Social investment – Rodert
  • Response to the European citizens’ initiative “Water and sanitation are a human right! Water is a public asset, not a merchandise”‘ – The Nouail Marlière

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