Lack of media coverage, problems in reaching citizens, financial difficulties and uncertain political follow-up were among the ECI issues discussed at the European Economic and Social Committee.
President Oliver Röpke participated in this year's Porto Social Forum, alongside Portugese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, European Commissioner Nicolas Schmit, European Parliament's Vice-President Pedro Silva Pereira and Portuguese Minister of Labour, Ana Mendes Godinho.
On 25 May President Röpke participated in the Committee of the Regions' Plenary sitting, where he presented the political priorities for his mandate and discussed synergies in the work of the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.
As the European Economic and Social Committee marks the 65th anniversary of its first plenary meeting, it is a moment to reflect on where the Committee came from and where it is headed.
The EESC president
Water is a vital but an increasingly scarce resource. As the global population grows, so does the demand for water. The problem is global, but also concerns our continent: in summer 2022 Europe saw the most severe droughts in 500 years. Almost two thirds of European citizens consider water quality and/or quantity in their country to be a serious problem. Climate change will further affect the availability, quality and quantity of water. …
The European Citizens' Initiative Day (ECI Day) is a high-level annual conference that has been organised by the European Economic and Social Committee since the inception of the European Citizens' Initiative in 2012. In the context of the European Year of Skills, the ECI Day 2023 will look at the skills the organisers need to make their initiative run successfully, and with its “how-to” workshops provide the participants with practical tips and...
Opinions in the spotlight
The EESC proposes to launch a European Care Guarantee, which would ensure life-long access to affordable quality healthcare and care services for everyone living in the EU. It also underlines the importance of supporting families in their fundamental role as caregivers and asks for adopting specific measures to tackle Gender equality, namely addressing gender stereotypes, attracting more men in the sector and ensure better distribution of care within households.