Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič urges EESC to use reinforced role granted by Lisbon Treaty
Maroš Šefčovič, Commission Vice-President for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration, today urged the European Economic and Social Committee to use to the full its reinforced role in the functioning of the EU, following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. Speaking at the EESC plenary session, Mr Šefčovič said: "The new treaty reinforces the EESC's role as a bridge between civil society and the EU institutions … (it) opens up new prospects for an increased involvement of the EESC in a number of key policy areas, such as energy and research." He pledged the Commission's willingness to intensify the exchange of information and technical expertise with the EESC. The Vice-President called on the committee to do all in its power to make the Europe 2020 strategy a success. "I hope that you will agree to act as ambassadors of a strategy whose success rests heavily on the work you can do to spread the message of change."
For more information, see speech " The European Economic and Social Committee: a vital bridge between civil society and the EU institutions [57 KB] ."
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