On 29 September, EESC President Oliver Röpke visited Murcia where he attended, an informal ministerial meeting on general affairs, alongside the President of the Committee of the Regions, Vasco Cordeiro, and Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, to discuss the future of cohesion policy.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) calls for more joint actions on EU Maritime Security Strategy and its Action Plan which aim at preserving EU sovereignty, security and competitiveness. The Committee supports the EU-NATO cooperation on maritime security and signals the importance of firm engagement with international partners to collectively tackle people smuggling and human trafficking.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has presented a set of crucial recommendations in response to the Commission's proposed legislative package reforming the European Union's economic governance framework. While the EESC appreciates the intention of simplifying the framework, it advocates for critical adjustments to the proposal. These recommendations come at a pivotal moment, underlining the need for a balanced, adaptable, and sustainable approach to economic governance within the EU.
On 25 September, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) announced its winners in the three categories of the EU Organic Awards: Best organic food processing SME, Best organic food retailer, and ...
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has adopted in plenary an evaluation report on the implementation of the EU's Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), a critical temporary instrument – introduced in February 2021 – of EUR 723.8 billion in loans and grants available to support reforms and investmen
The EESC will participate in the official ceremony attended by Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski, on Monday 25 September 2023, at 9.00 am CET. Follow the ceremony online here.
At the request of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) offers an insightful perspective on the future of cohesion policy. Against the backdrop of evolving challenges such as the pandemic, climate change and digital transformation, the Committee's exploratory opinion highlights key recommendations to shape a "cohesion policy 2.0" that is more adaptable, socially focused and responsive to the needs of European citizens and regions.
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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 14th EESC civil society prize will reward effective, innovative and creative initiatives carried out on the territory of the EU which support people with mental health conditions and promote an environment fostering mental well-being on an individual or collective basis. The deadline for submitting applications is 30 September 2023, 10 a.m. (CEST).
Opinions in the spotlight
The Green Deal Industrial Plan aims to enhance the competitiveness of Europe's net-zero industry and support the fast transition to climate neutrality.
The EESC opinion, that covers the Commission proposal and the request from the Spanish Presidency of the Council, endorses the reform. However, it notes the need to strike a balance between flexibility and predictability in its implementation, as well as a balanced and proportional public interest assessment to avoid damaging the interest of smaller and local entities.
In this opinion, the EESC: encourages reforming EU health systems for mental health by focusing on prevention, early detection, and community-based care; recommends that the EU Comprehensive Plan on Mental Health is swiftly transposed in an EU Mental Health Strategy which has a timeframe, funding defined responsibilities and progress indicators.
The exploratory opinion at the request of the Spanish Presidency will look into advertising through influencers and its impact on consumers. Influencers as content creators with large numbers of followers on social networks have a crucial impact on consumer behaviour and, inter alia, on consumer decisions.
The European Commission presented its Critical Raw Materials Act in the beginning of March. The package of legislative and non-legislative measures is aimed at diversifying the supply of the materials needed to achieve the green and digital transition.
In the opinion, the EESC: calls for a paradigm shift in the treatment of older people, moving from a care-based approach to empowering them and eliminating ageist attitudes; urges the EU to adopt a comprehensive European strategy for older persons, safeguarding their rights and promoting their full participation in society and the economy (the strategy should be accompanied by a guarantee for older persons and encompass various areas such as equality, non-discrimination, gender, rig