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People still dying in the Mediterranean Sea as they flee war and misery, Member States opposing the Council compromise to accept even a (ridiculously) small number of refugees, rising inequality, a possible BREXIT and GREXIT and the EU Member State Hungary planning to reintroduce the death penalty... A long list of challenges faces the European institutions and those who want to improve the living and working conditions of the people, as stipulated in the Treaties (Art. 9 TFEU). And what has been the major event of the week? The announcement of plans to reduce the administrative burden for SMEs through the REFIT programme, an agenda which comprises: a new Regulatory Scrutiny Board of seven members with triple AAA status (access to all areas), a new Inter-institutional agreement on better law-making, a new stakeholder mechanism, called the ‘REFIT platform’ and ongoing consultations with stakeholders during the legislative cycle.
SOLIDAR at the EESC discussing on post-2015 objectives in Euro-Mediterranean region
Today SOLIDAR attended a study group hearing at the European Economic and Social Committee on “Post-2015 objectives in the Euro-Mediterranean region”, to provide feedback to the preliminary draft opinion of the section for external releations prepared by the Rapporteur Ms Le Nouail Marlière.
SOLIDAR’s Key Recommendations for a Revised ENP ahead of the Next Civil Society Forum in Brussels
Next week 28-29 May 2015, SOLIDAR will participate in the Second Civil Society Forum (CSF) - Southern Neighbourhood, organised by the External Action Service and DG NEAR. The CSF will focus on the revision of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) by addressing some key issues such as inequalities in the Mediterranean region, the ongoing shrinking space for CSOs and the issues of mobility in the Mediterranean.
Education in values is the key element for building inclusive societies
This week the EU ministers for education have met in Brussels for the Education, Youth, Audiovisual, Culture and Sport Council who expressed their views on the follow-up to the informal meeting that gathered Educational Ministers, State Secretaries and representatives from all 28 EU Member States. In March 2015 in Paris, on the invitation of French Minister for Education and Latvian Presidency, they addressed the role of education in preventing radicalisation and promoting common European values. The Paris meeting was organised in the aftermath of the terrorist events in France and Denmark earlier this year and resulted with a joint declaration on promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education. The adopted declaration calls for the education sector to play its part in preventing radicalisation by promoting citizenship and fostering social inclusion, and common European values such as tolerance and mutual respect.