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15 January 2010

Spanish Council Presidency to address the EESC plenary

The Economic and Social Committee's 20 and 21 January plenary session will host Mr Diego López Garrido, Spanish Minister for Europe. Mr López Garrido will outline the Spanish Presidency programme at 10 a.m. on 21 January 2010.

Venue: József Antall Building – European Parliament - room JAN 2Q2, B -1050 Brussels

Date: 20 and 21 January 2010.

The EESC will kick off its close cooperation with the Council Troïka by welcoming Mr Diego López Garrido, in his capacity as a representative of the Spanish government. This will be an occasion to take stock of the new role of the Council Presidency.

A raft of opinions on new European Union measures to regulate the financial markets will be on the agenda. Opinions include the supervision of the financial sector1 (rapporteur: Mr Lars Nyberg, Various Interests' Group), new capital requirements2 (rapporteur: Mr Peter Morgan, Employers' Group). Mr Edwin Calleja's (Employers' Group) own-initiative opinion on the Lisbon Agenda and the Internal Market will also be down for discussion3.

Energy issues will also be addressed. The Committee's Opinion on Safeguarding gas supply security4 (rapporteur-general: Mr Sergio Ernesto Santillán Cabeza, Workers’ Group), urges a clear split of responsibilities between public authorities and business, as well as improved consumer protection in the event of an energy crisis. The EESC is also using an own-initiative opinion to press for a European policy on the sustainable development of coastal areas5. This would require new infrastructure to cope with rising sea levels (rapporteur: Mr Stéphane Buffetaut, Employers Group).

The EESC will also examine the success enjoyed by fair trade6, which is proof of civil society's commitment to a more public-spirited approach to international trade. The Committee proposes that the European Commission take formal note in international trade negotiations of what has been achieved at non-governmental level (rapporteur: Mr Richard Adams, Various Interests' Group and co-rapporteur, Ms Madi Sharma, Employers' Group).

To consult the agenda of the plenary session and the draft opinions, please visit:

1 :

Macro and micro prudential supervision, ECO/268

2 :

Capital Requirements, INT/504

3 :

The Lisbon Agenda and the Internal Market, INT/480

4 :

Security of gas supply, TEN/406

5 :

The sustainable development of coastal areas, NAT/429

6 :

The role of Fair Trade – non-governmental systems, REX/288

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