Participating as keynote speaker in a high-level colloquium, organised by EESC President Dassis on "The position of Greece within the future of Europe", Greece’s Alternate Foreign Minister for European Affairs George Katrougkalos engaged in a lively exchange with Greek EESC members and the Presidents of the Greek civil society organisations represented at the Greek ESC, Athens, 21/12/17.
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New incentives aim to foster a fairer division of childcare and other caring duties between men and women, which should help reduce the persistent gender employment gap
Measures proposed by the European Commission to help families achieve a better work-life balance and tackle the unequal distribution of care responsibilities between men and women represent a step in the right direction, said the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) at its plenary session in December.
Freedom of expression and the media remains a serious concern in Montenegro. The last meeting of the EU-Montenegro Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) took place in Brussels on 19 December. The JCC's members discussed the current state of play and the work ahead in Montenegro's accession negotiations to the EU and adopted a final declaration. ...
Digitisation has brought about significant changes in the labour market and workers engaged in new forms of employment are often excluded from accessing social security. In an opinion adopted at the December plenary session, the EESC urges Member States to regulate new forms of work and guarantee access to pensions, health and unemployment systems to these "new workers".
Last week, US academic Richard Thaler received the Nobel Prize in economics for his pioneering work in the field of behavioural economics. Mr Thaler is particularly well known for his research on nudge theory. He coined the term "nudging" to explain how certain actions can encourage individuals to make certain decisions. One year before Mr Thaler's award, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) argued ...
Access to information, more flexibility, transparency and control mechanisms are the main issues to be tackled when analysing the use of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), concluded the participants at the public hearing on 'Reviewing the 2014-2020 ESIF Regulations in favour of persons with disabilities and their representative organisations', held at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 13 December in Brussels.
More needs to be done to provide victims of online crimes with adequate support and the right information
The European Economic and Social Committee adopted its opinion on The core role of trade and investment in meeting and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its December Plenary Session (Rapporteur: Jonathan Peel, UK; Co-rapporteur: Christophe Quarez, FR).
A European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hearing has drawn up preventive measures and alternative approaches for future crises
The EESC believes the EDIDP and the EDF are important drivers of both Europe's economy and integration.
In the two opinions on Europe's defence policy adopted at the plenary, the EESC argued that Member States should strive for a more coordinated and responsible form of EU defence, although Europe's defence policy should remain embedded in the NATO framework.