EESC Press

08 Jul: The economy, the environment and people’s well-being must go hand in hand in post-COVID EU

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At the July plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the president, Christa Schweng, and members met with prominent speakers to discuss the future European economy after the pandemic.

Economic prosperity, care for the environment and people’s well-being can and must go hand in hand. This was the key message delivered by the EESC president, Christa Schweng, at the debate on A post-COVID economy that works for all – Towards a well-being economy? held at the EESC plenary session on 7 July 2021.

Ms Schweng argued that in future we clearly needed to monitor and value broader aspects than those reflected …

11 Jun: #TheFutureIsYours: The EESC consultations on the CoFoE will reach every corner of Europe

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The president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Christa Schweng kicked off the Committee’s official activities relating to the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) with a live question and answer debate. #CoFoE – Bringing the European project back to citizens took place on Thursday 10 June and set out organised civil society’s views and expectations regarding the Conference. It also highlighted the importance of engaging with people outside the Brussels bubble and brainstormed in preparation for the coming citizens’ consultations.

EESC president Christa Schweng opened the event and said that the Committee will conduct outreach initiatives …

11 Jun: Civil society must be given an active role in the defence of EU values

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In a debate on European values with European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders, held at its plenary session on 10 June, the EESC asked for civil society organisations and citizens to be more heavily and more actively involved in standing up for democracy and the rule of law in the EU, which have taken a turn for the worse across Member States

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has pledged its ongoing commitment to working together with the European Commission and other EU institutions on upholding and implementing the EU’s core values, notably the rule of law, fundamental …

10 Jun: Recovery and reconstruction after the pandemic must be the priority for the future of Europe

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To provide the European Commission with a valuable contribution to its 2022 work programme, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has adopted a Resolution. This timely and important document addresses the main issues around using investment and reforms to overcome the economic and social crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Putting the European economy on the right track for sustainable transition, growth and employment, and bringing prosperity to Europeans and European organisations and companies must remain the top EU economic policy priorities for the near future. This is the underlying idea of the Resolution on the EESC’s contribution to …

10 Jun: Frans Timmermans at the EESC: “The European Green Deal will be just, or will just not be”

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Frans Timmermans has announced measures to shield the most vulnerable from the possible extension of the emission trading system to heating and transport fuels, and heard the EESC’s proposals to improve corporate decision-making on the green transition through social dialogue.

Welcoming the European Commission Executive Vice-President, Frans Timmermans, to the EESC plenary session on Wednesday, EESC President Christa Schweng said that the EESC had been a staunch ally of the Commission in its climate action. It had backed the Commission’s proposals for bolder emission cuts by 2030 than originally planned. It had also been its active partner in the efforts to support …

03 Jun: The EESC calls for real involvement of organised civil society in the implementation phase of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans

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The involvement of organised civil society is far from satisfactory in a majority of EU countries, warned the European Economic and Social Committee at the annual conference of its European Semester Group, which took place remotely on 31 May. This event was organised right before the publication of the European Semester Spring Package by the Commission, on the 2 June 2021.

The conference on “Building a resilient Europe – Civil society and the National Recovery and Resilience Plans” saw contributions from key speakers from EU institutions, National Economic and Social Councils, think tanks and EU civil society organisations. It focused …

12 May: EESC backs initiatives to reduce pesticide risks, while stressing the need to find alternative cost-effective solutions

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The EU has some of the strongest regulations in the world on the use of plant protection products (PPPs – pesticides) and other chemicals in agriculture. However, there is still room for improvement to achieve greater regulatory convergence to reduce the risks of using PPPs, and to guarantee a healthy and safe food supply for an ever-growing world population.

As a contribution to the European Commission’s evaluation of Directive 2009/128/EC  on the sustainable use of pesticides, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has adopted an information report on this topic, at its April plenary session.

The Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive (SUD), adopted in 2009, …

07 May: EESC at the Porto Social Summit: put people at the heart of our action for economic prosperi-ty, social inclusion and sustainability!

Source: European Economic and Social Committee

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) intends to play an active part in joint European efforts to translate the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) into action and to build a fairer and more prosperous Europe for everyone.

Taking part in the High-Level Conference of the Porto Social Summit, held by the Portuguese EU presidency on 7 May, EESC representatives expressed the Committee’s dedication to fostering economic and social reconstruction by putting people at the heart of policies. The EESC will work together with other EU institutions, Member States and citizens …

04 May: The EESC calls for better legal protection of the rights of LGBTIQ families

Source: European Economic and Social Committee

All across Europe, LGBTIQ individuals suffer from discrimination which affects their educational performance, job prospects, wellbeing and even the exercise of their fundamental rights, such as freedom of movement within the EU. To tackle this situation, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an opinion at its April plenary session calling for non-discriminatory regulation of the concept of family at EU level.

According to the data provided by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, LGBTIQ individuals are a vulnerable group that needs support from both the European institutions and Member States’ national …

04 May: The success of the new EU Roma framework lies in the hands of the Member States

Source: European Economic and Social Committee

Having learnt from the shortcomings of the previous EU Roma framework over the past decade, the European Commission is determined to achieve the headline targets of the new Roma strategic framework, closing the gap of discrimination and socio-economic exclusion by at least half by 2030. However, the role of the Member States in delivering tangible results is pivotal. Without effective national strategies and pragmatic measures, the new framework risks failing in the same manner as its predecessor. 

Participants in an online hearing on The new EU Roma framework: views and expectations for the future …