EESC Press

16 Jun: The Conference on the Future of Europe is a unique democratic exercise and must be thoroughly followed up

(Source: European Economic and Social Committee)

At the June plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee, EESC president Christa Schweng and European Commission vice-president Dubravka Šuica agreed that, after a year of debate on the future of the EU, it was now vital to provide Europe’s people with specific follow-up measures.

The collective efforts of civil society organisations over the past year have paid off and the Conference on the Future of Europe has managed to deliver meaningful results on issues of concern for Europeans. With this message, the President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) …

16 Jun: EESC shows the way of Ukraine’s European future

(Source: European Economic and Social Committee)

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), just a week ahead of the EU Council Summit, adopted its second Resolution on Ukraine, strongly supporting the country’s unconditional candidate status to the EU. The European civil society will be working hand in hand with Ukraine for Ukraine on the reconstruction of the country delivering a stronger, greener, more resilient and sustainable European partner.

The EESC adopted earlier today the second EESC resolution on Ukraine: “From relief to reconstruction-proposals by the European civil society” putting emphasis on the country’s EU accession based on the fulfilment of …

16 Jun: The EESC assesses Europe’s “third way” to digitalisation

(Source: European Economic and Social Committee)

With the Declaration of Digital Rights and Principles and the Data Act, the EU is taking two more steps towards the creation of a digital space that puts people at its centre, a debate at the EESC’s June plenary highlighted.

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 15 June hosted at its plenary session a debate on digital rights and principles with Professor Andrea Renda, senior research fellow and head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation and the Digital Economy at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). The debate was linked to the …

08 Jun: Europe’s key industries urge EESC to maximise its role in policy formation for the future

(Source: European Economic and Social Committee)

Key industrial sectors in Europe made the case for a more data-driven and future-oriented response to overcome the disruption arising from Covid, Russian aggression, the energy and climate crises, and industrial and social transformation.

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) celebrated  on 8 of June with the conference the 20th anniversary of its Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI). The focus of the conference was on the challenges of today and the prospects for tomorrow. Representatives of the mining, energy, defence and aerospace industries underlined that in a radically changed world, European policy …

07 Jun: EESC kicks off Civil Society Prize 2022 focusing on two themes: Youth and Ukraine

(Source: European Economic and Social Committee)

Creating a better future for young people and helping Ukrainian war victims are the two themes of this year’s EESC Civil Society Prize

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is now accepting applications for its Civil Society Prize 2022 which will reward innovative and creative projects and initiatives in two categories: empowering young people and helping Ukrainian civilians affected by the terrible events in their war-torn country.

A total of EUR 60 000 will be awarded to a maximum of six winners, with three winners per category. The award ceremony will take place …

07 Jun: Reform the European Semester for the effective participation of organised civil society, asks EESC

(Source: European Economic and Social Committee)

A resilient, sustainable and inclusive Europe is only possible if organised civil society is systematically involved in both national recovery plans and the Commission’s new REPowerEU strategy. During its annual conference in June, the European Semester Group (ESG) renewed its call for a regulation or directive to ensure civil society participation, and proposed a permanent and common investment financing mechanism to enhance crisis preparedness and response capacity.

The conference of 2 June followed the recent adoption of a new Committee resolution on the involvement of organised civil society in the implementation and monitoring of …

02 Jun: European Citizens’ Initiative: boosting its impact is the way ahead, the EESC says on its 10th anniversary

(Source: European Economic and Social Committee)

At ECI Day 2022, hosted by the EESC on 2 June, speakers and activists stressed that a more impactful ECI would also be more popular.

The EESC celebrated a decade of European Citizens’ Initiatives with an event taking stock of achievements and challenges and a look to the future. Speakers and activists drew up a mixed picture where some remarkable successes stood side by side with shortcomings and weaknesses, among which stood out impact, accessibility and visibility.

We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of this still unique transnational participatory tool, said EESC president Christa …

25 May: Civil Society should be a driving force in democracy, emphasised participants at the EESC hearing in Sarajevo

(Source: European Economic and Social Committee)

On 24 May in Sarajevo, the EESC’s Western Balkans Follow-up Committee held its yearly external meeting – for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic – to meet with civil society organisations (CSOs) in Bosnia and Herzegovina and discuss their role and concerns regarding the current situation. The conclusions will be conveyed to the country’s political authorities and to the EU institutions.

The hearing was hosted at the EU Delegation in Sarajevo and was attended by more than 60 participants, who expressed their views on the state of civic and social dialogue, media freedom …

20 May: New funding sources for EU budget must be stable, fair and business-friendly

(Source: European Economic and Social Committee)

The European Economic and Social Committee is calling on the European Commission to carry out more targeted impact assessments of its proposals for new EU budget funding sources to repay NextGenerationEU debt. The EESC generally agrees with the proposed EU “own resources” revenues for the budget. However, they need to be stable and fair – and should not burden households or businesses.

In an opinion adopted at its May plenary session, the EESC also calls on the Commission to ensure its proposals can weather economic shocks and cautions they could be derailed by the …

19 May: Competition policy should match the EU’s new ambitions, says the EESC

(Source: European Economic and Social Committee)

The EU’s full range of competition policy tools – merger, antitrust and State aid control rules – and even its most basic concepts, such as market share, relevant markets and level-playing field, should be overhauled to serve the Union’s climate and digital ambitions and the goal of resilience, which will require massive investment. Two new EESC opinions explain how this overhaul should be done.

A debate held on 19 May at the European Economic and Social Committee(EESC)’s plenary focused on two new reports addressing EU competition policy and State aid to health and social …