Press releases

  • Reference number
    60/2017

    EESC-CCMI celebrates 15th anniversary with discussion on Industry and Society 4.0

    Industry has always been shaped by continuous change. But some changes are real upheavals, such as the industrial revolution in the 19th century and the one we are facing now: Industry 4.0, the digital revolution of the 21st century. "It may be almost impossible to predict the future, but we need to be prepared for it": that was the message from the panellists at the event.

  • Paris Agreement
    Reference number
    59/2017

    Civil society, cities and regions call for targeted support for their vital contribution to implementation of the Paris Agreement

  • Reference number
    58/2017

    Without social rights, backed by a sound and sustainable economic basis, the future of Europe will be at stake, says the EESC

    A delegation of members of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), led by its President Georges Dassis, will take part in the high-level social summit in Gothenburg on 17 November to voice the EESC's support for the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR), ...

  • Bonn event
    Reference number
    57/2017

    The EESC proposes a debate on an EU Bill of Climate Rights to ensure climate justice at all levels

  • In March this year, the European Commission (EC) and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) launched a joint European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. The 24 members forming the coordination group of the platform have now been selected and are preparing for their first meeting on 22 November.

  • Chile flag
    Reference number
    56/2017

    The 2nd meeting of the EU-Chile Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) supported the proposal to negotiate the modernisation of the EU-Chile Association Agreement, noting the importance of consulting civil society.

  • Europe's shipbuilding industry needs the EU's strategic support.  LeaderSHIP 2020 is the right tool, but needs to be reinforced and extended to 2030.  Europe must become the frontrunner in research and development regarding challenges such as climate change, energy saving and the greater complexity of vessels, since the maritime industry is crucial to Europe's economic and social future.  Clustering would strengthen ...

  • With just a few weeks to go until the COP23 and the Paris Climate Summit, the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council (ESEC) and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) have established a unique form of cooperation on climate justice issues, in order to use their two opinions to introduce this new concept into the discussions on climate policies. ...

  • EESC plenary Oct2017

    A realistic future for the European Union can only be based on marrying a sound economic basis with a strong social dimension, EESC says

    In the face of challenges that may block the EU’s way forward, the current debate on social dimension of Europe and the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) could help reach a new consensus on the strategies needed to secure economic growth and well-being of EU citizens, said the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in its opinion on “Impact of the social dimension and the European Pillar of Social Rights on the Future of EU”.

  • EU Member States must work together and make every effort to achieve common international regulations for truly digital businesses

    The EESC calls on the European Commission and the Member States to apply existing fiscal regulatory systems and tax regimes to the collaborative/digital economy. "The legal framework must lead to a fair and balanced tax system for all economic activities and business models, without limiting the collaborative economy's potential to provide jobs and growth," says Giuseppe Guerini, rapporteur of the EESC opinion on taxation of the collaborative economy, which was adopted at the October plenary session.