The Various Interests Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a conference entitled "LET'S TALK HAPPINESS - beyond GDP" on 10 June 2014 at the EESC headquarters in Brussels. The objective of the conference was to debate indicators on well-being and social progress in the context of a transition to an alternative mode of growth.
The main aims of the conference included:
The conference provided the opportunity to reflect on how to define and measure the well-being of European citizens and the sustainability of their lifestyles. The event also aimed to provide an overview of the work done on this topic. Research and field experience of stakeholders demonstratde the importance and urgency of reconsidering wealth indicators as a means to reframing the current debate on economic policy.