Headlines February 2012
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič took part in today's general affairs council to discuss preparations for the European Council meeting later this week.
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič welcomes updated co-operation with European Economic and Social Committee
On Wednesday 22 February, Vice-President Šefčovič welcomed the signing of a revised Protocol of Co-operation between the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) which provides a bridge between Europe and organised civil society. The new agreement updates relations in light of the Lisbon Treaty, takes on board new co-operation practices and simplifies procedures. Vice-President Šefčovič said: "This revised Protocol is a clear demonstration of the excellent co-operation which exists between our two organisations."
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič begins a two-day visit to Ireland on Thursday where his busy agenda will include meetings with both houses of the Oireachtas, a discussion on the EU response to the crisis and a debate on the forthcoming European Citizens' Initiative.
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič took part on Wednesday in the European parliament debate in Strasbourg on the preparation for next month's European Council meeting.
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič visits the College of Europe in the Belgian city of Bruges on Friday to discuss the impact of the Lisbon Treaty on EU policy-making two years after it came into force.
His speech focuses on the benefits that the new Treaty has brought in terms of cooperation and coordination between the various EU institutions, and in particular how that new way of working has proved vital in tackling the current economic and financial crisis.
The free movement of workers, the extension of the Schengen area and the co-operation and verification mechanism assessing the country's progress on judicial and other reforms will top the agenda for V-P Maroš Šefčovič's visit to the Bulgarian parliament on Thursday 9 February.
Vice- President Maroš Šefčovič used his meeting on Monday with the Israeli ambassadors to Europe to discuss EU-Israeli relations and the ongoing Middle East peace process after earlier meeting the Turkish ambassador to the EU for talks on that country's accession progress.
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič took part on Monday in an 'info tour' organised for European Commission staff in Brussels and designed to give a human face to the people behind key services such as pensions, salaries and sickness insurance.