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Dec 7 2011

CIDSE, MISEREOR, Heinrich Böll Foundation and Glopolis Expert panel Human Rights and EU Trade policy

CIDSE, MISEREOR, Heinrich Böll Foundation and Glopolis organized an expert seminar in Brussels on human rights in EU trade policy on December 6 and 7. The Committee was invited to attend the whole event and to participate in the concluding panel discussion on December 7, especially in regards to our work on the EU-India FTA for the European Economic and Social Committee.

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CIDSE, MISEREOR, Heinrich Böll Foundation and Glopolis Expert panel Human Rights and EU Trade policy

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Dec 6 2011

Women’s Enterprise Policy in Europe

I was honoured to chair a meeting on behalf of the Employers Group at the invitation of Lidia Geringer de Oedenberg, MEP, who hosted a debate Women Entrepreneurs in Europe with the Womens Enterprise Policy Group from the UK. This event was also held in conjunction with the Polish Presidency and Monika Ksieniewicz, Speaker Polish Presidency presented the importance of gender equality to the economy in terms of female entrepreneurship.

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Women’s Enterprise Policy in Europe

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Oct 26 2011

Preventive measures for the protection of children against sexual abuse

Prevention on multiple levels is the key to the protection of children. Victims of child sexual abuse suffer not only an intolerable violation of their right to physical integrity but also life-long horrific social, emotional and psychological consequences.

The EESC reiterates its call for all Member States, as well as the European Union, under the new Treaty of Lisbon, to sign and ratify, as a matter of urgency, the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, to strengthen the ability of the EU to prevent child sexual abuse.

Preventive measures should be holistic, child-centred and happen as early as possible with a minimum level of intervention. There are many excellent initiatives to be endorsed. The EESC calls on the European Commission to adopt and enforce a European Union Prevention Strategy Against Child Sexual Abuse that harnesses a coordinated vision across Member States, based on objectives contained in the four strands: education, law enforcement, civil society's role and research and standards.

The EESC commends the work of many civil society actors, particularly NGOs, in putting in place prevention measures. The best practice examples are too many to list here but invaluable for others to learn from. To that end the EESC has produced a database with information.

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Oct 20 2011

SALTO – Bridges to Work

Earlier this year I was honoured to speak on behalf of Group 1 at the European Youth Forum on the value of entrepreneurship. Three great outcomes were achieved as a result of that presentation. : The European Youth Forum joined the Young European Entrepreneurs Sparks Group and also attended the YEE; and I was asked to participate in the Bridges to Work programme

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SALTO – Bridges to Work

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May 30 2011

European Youth Forum Roundtable Making Entrepreneurship a Real Option for Young Europeans

Following the successful Young European Entrepreneur Seminars organised by Group 1, I was asked to present our conclusions at the European Youth Forum Roundtable held at the European Parliament.

The event was attended by 30 young people and guests from a range of organisations, including real entrepreneurs and from various member states. Many of our partners for young entrepreneurs, YES, JADE also joined the debate.

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European Youth Forum Roundtable Making Entrepreneurship a Real Option for Young Europeans

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