Henri Malosse the new president is determined to make the EESC (European Economic and Social Committee) once again a force to be reckoned with in the European debate. This is a priority, he believes, given the crisis Europe is now facing.
As he takes up office as the EESC’s thirtieth president, Henri Malosse is keenly aware of the disconnect between Europe and its citizens, a fact again brought home by the Greek and Cyprus crises. Convinced that one of the answers lies in a rebalancing of forces in Brussels, he wants the European Union’s second assembly to do more to embody people’s real expectations in areas such as job creation, combating youth alienation, protection of savings and access to health care.
“It is the role of the Committee, on behalf of the various interests that make up our society, to engage with the other institutions on their strategies and hold them to account. The public will only be able to put their trust in us again if we do this.” Said Henri Malosse, EESC president
To this end, the EESC will step up its capacity to anticipate developments, open up its work and scrutinise EU policies.
A French member of the Committee since 1995 and elected president of its Employers’ Group in 2006, Henri Malosse has authored more than fifty reports, including a highly critical analysis of the Bolkestein Directive.