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This week Brussels saw one of the biggest trade union demonstrations ever with nearly 100,000 workers united against the Belgium government’s austerity policies. In the meantime, the European Commission has finally taken the long awaited decision to make a stronger social commitment. While the better regulation package (REFIT) mainly focuses on the interests of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the debate on the governance of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) added some social flower power : the Commissioner’s college announced this week a European pillar of social rights. Trade Unions and civil society have called for many years for a strong social pillar in EMU governance and for a social protocol guaranteeing high social standards that allow for upward convergence.
SOLIDAR congratulates Giorgios Dassis who was elected as new President of the EESC. Giorgios, who is a real friend of SOLIDAR, was refugee in Belgium at the time of military dictatorship in Greece and engaged for the Belgium Trade Union confederation FGTB. Over the last 5 years he was President of Group II of the EESC (Workers group) at the EESC. In his inaugural speech he called for a common effort to contribute to the progress of Europe. SOLIDAR Secretary General, in his capacity as Co-chair of the EESC Liaison Group, Conny Reuter had the opportunity to address to the plenary (for full speech, click here), to congratulate the new President and to engage the European civil society organisations members of the Liaison Group of the EESC for the new term of office and cooperation with the new President.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 is to be awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011. The Quartet is composed of The Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) , the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, trade and Handicrafts (UTICA), the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH), the Tunisian Order of Lawyers.
This week the Social Platform published its Guide "Public procurement for social progress” that has been developed by the Platform’s task force on access to services, together with its members, including SOLIDAR. The 2014 Public Procurement (...)