EU: PLENARY MEETING OF EESC ABOUT WOMEN IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AREA, RIGHT TO WATER, ENERGY

"The economic and social situation of women in the euro-Mediterranean region" is the title of the debate that will open the plenary meeting of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels on September 18th. Guest speakers include Esther Fouchier, founder of the Mediterranean Women’s Forum, Salwa Kennou Sebei of the Association of Tunisian women for research and development, and Jamal Hermes Ghibril, president of the Lebanese Council of Women, who stated, in an interview posted on the EESC website: "The EU should support initiatives that legitimise and provide women with the abilities and skills they need to help break the cycle of poverty and abuse". The EESC assembly will also tackle "Water for everyone", the European Citizens’ Initiative that tries to protect water as a human right, with speeches by Carola Fischbach-Pyttel, secretary general of the European Trade Federation of public service unions, and Riccardo Petrella, secretary general of the International Committee for Water. Other items on the agenda include: plastic waste, bioenergy and food security, the revision of the nuclear safety directive, European measures to prevent and fight against energy poverty. EESC is an advisory board of the EU and acts as a bridge between the European institutions and organised society.” “

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