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The President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Georges Dassis, participated on 12 April in the concluding session of the European Solidarity Corps Stakeholder Forum, alongside the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani...

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  • 12 Apr 2017
    "When we practice solidarity, we reach such successes, sometimes so great that they can leave a trace in the history " George Dassis on EU Solidarity Corps

    The President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Georges Dassis, participated on 12 April in the concluding session of the European Solidarity Corps Stakeholder Forum, alongside the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani...

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  • 12 Apr 2017
    Industrial and energy transition – the consequences of phasing out coal must be cushioned

    The phasing-out of coal in Europe needs smart long-term strategies. It is important to focus on the balance between the economic, environmental and social impacts. A change to renewables can be part of the solution. Regional investment schemes and the involvement of the local population concerned in order to build public support are key to a successful transition. On 7 April, the CCMI of the EESC held a high-level debate on "Industrial and energy transition – the industrial, economic and social consequences", bringing together...

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    Energy, Mining & Raw Materials, Industrial Change

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  • 11 Apr 2017
    Reform of EU budget: civil society representatives debate with Mario Monti

    The EU budget needs to be reformed – in order to provide Europe with the necessary resources to address its challenges and policy priorities. The EU High Level Group on Own Resources (recommends reforms both on the revenue and the expenditure side, which are vital in order to answer citizens’ concerns. This was the main message of the debate on the future financing of the EU with Mario Monti, former Italian Prime Minister and EU Commissioner, at the EESC. The EESC has since long advocated the introduction of a new system of own resources that would help ...

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  • 10 Apr 2017
    EESC publishes brochure about the 2016 Civil Society Prize

    The EESC has published a brochure about the 2016 Civil Society Prize, drawing attention to the work of European civil society organisations and citizens who have come up with innovative ways to help refugees and migrants amidst the growing nationalistic, xenophobic and racist trends that have emerged during the recent migrant crisis in Europe. The brochure presents the five winning projects and ...

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  • 6 Apr 2017
    "Glyphosate ban" – a question dividing Europe

    On 5 April, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)'s NAT section invited supporters and opponents of the European Citizens' Initiative calling for a ban on glyphosate to debate in its premises. A million supporters from at least 7 member states are needed in order for the Commission to consider taking action about this substance along the demands of the ECI. After two months the initiative has already collected over 640,000 signatures. The ECI includes three requests: firstly, a ban on glyphosate, secondly, a reform of the pesticide approval procedure, and thirdly, setting EU-wide mandatory reduction targets for pesticide use.

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  • 6 Apr 2017
    Space is not just rocket science, but plenty of benefits for all Europeans, says EESC

    Space holds huge promises for European society. Data from satellites can be used to provide services that can dramatically improve European citizens' everyday lives. The European Commission's new space strategy goes a long way in charting the future course for the civil use of space in Europe, says the EESC in a recently adopted opinion, but should go even further...

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  • 4 Apr 2017
    People with autism face prejudice and barriers on the labour market

    Less than 10% of people with autism spectrum disorders are employed, an EESC hearing reveals

    People with autism can be productive members of society if we provide them with proper support and understanding, participants in a debate prepared by the EESC’s Section on Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship (SOC) said on April 3. The EESC organized the event, which focused on the challenges of employing persons with autism, to mark the World Autism Awareness Day, observed on April 2 around the world.

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  • 4 Apr 2017
    Big data: how to minimise risks while maximising benefits for all

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has recently published a study on The ethics of big data carried out by Evodevo, a company based in Italy which specialises in big data, sematic analysis and open source intelligence. The study focuses on the ethical and social implications of big data and examines five actions meant to prevent the imbalance between individuals using digital services and data collectors taking ever bigger proportions as the digital revolution gains momentum. Big Data is described as huge quantities of extremely complex data that cannot be ...

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    The ethics of Big Data: Balancing economic benefits and ethical questions of Big Data in the EU policy context

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  • 25 Mar 2017
    Statement by the President of the European Economic and Social Committee on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome

    It was exactly sixty years ago today that the Treaties of Rome were signed. They were neither the first nor the last that European countries would agree between themselves, but they marked a crucial stage in the enlightened, noble and bold process that able women and men launched in the aftermath of a terrible war that had seen the most heinous crimes.

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  • 22 Mar 2017
    Commemoration of the Brussels attacks of 22 March 2016

    Statement by the President of the European Economic and Social Committee on the commemoration of the Brussels attacks of 22 March 2016

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