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  • 27/01/2017
    In the last couple of years, the combination of opportunities brought about by the digital revolution and the emergence of new consumer behaviours and aspirations have triggered radical change in the way we buy, exchange or even value goods and services, also known new economy models.Their impact on businesses, consumers and workers is considerable. As the European voice of civil society, we have recognised both the potential of these new models for Europe's sustainability as well as the uncharted legal territory they bring with them. In 2016, we published opinions on the circular economy, the functional economy and the collaborative economy, proposing innovative solutions to complex issues thrown up by so-called disruptors.
  • 27/01/2017
    First of all, I wish you a happy New Year full of success and peace! The Presidency of the Council of the European Union starting in January 2017 will be the first time for the Republic of Malta. For that reason the European Economic and Social Committee Plenary Session will feature a presentation on the priorities of the Maltese Presidency on 25 January by Dr Ian Borg, Parliamentary Secretary for the EU Presidency 2017 and EU Funds. At a time when European Union cohesion is being put to the test it falls to Malta to play an important part in contributing to unity rather than dividing or making unilateral decisions. I am convinced that Malta is capable of successfully ushering in a new era for Europe. I am particularly pleased to see that the Maltese Presidency priorities include proposals made by our Committee.
  • 27/01/2017
    Grassroots mobilisation and the recent media coverage of certain scandals in France and worldwide (such as Luxleaks, Panama papers, Bahama leaks and Football leaks to mention but a few) have brought to light the sheer scope of tax avoidance mechanisms and their impact on the funding of public services. The European Commission puts the loss of tax revenue every year at more than €1,000 billion. In France, these estimations are in the range of €60 to 80 billion.
  • 27/01/2017
    The public hearing on Artificial intelligence & Society will be held on 1 February 2017 at the EESC premises, 99 Rue Belliard, room JDE 62. Our guest speakers from academic, corporate and trade union backgrounds, will discuss the concept of artificial intelligence and how it works in practice. AI technologies offer great potential for creating new and innovative solutions to improve peoples lives, grow the economy, and address challenges in health and wellbeing, climate change, safety and security.
  • 27/01/2017
    On 6 February 2017, the European Economic and Social Committee will be organising a hearing as part of its preparatory work in order to issue its own-initiative opinion on The effectiveness of EU policies for SMEs.
  • Your Europe, Your Say! 2017
    On 30 and 31 March, 100 students and 39 teachers from all 28 EU Member States and the five EU candidate countries (Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) met at the EESC in Brussels for Your Europe, Your Say! 2017. Before the event, the 33 schools, selected by drawing lots, had been visited by an EESC member who helped prepare the students to the discussions. This year's theme was Europe@60: Where to next?
  • 09/01/2017
    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has awarded its 2016 Civil Society Prize to five organisations and individuals from across Europe who have demonstrated outstanding examples of solidarity towards refugees and migrants. The first prize went to the Hungarian NGO Artemisio Foundation (14 000 EUR), while the German organisation SOS Mediterrannee, the Greek baker Dionysis Arvanitakis, a branch of the Spanish NGO SOS Racismo and the Greek NGO Iliaktida (Sunbeam) received 9 000 EUR each.
  • 07/12/2016
    526th Plenary Session including the following events: • Debate on the work and recent activities of the European Ombudsman, 
with the European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly 
Wednesday 31 May 2017 from 3 to 4 p.m. • Debate as part of the EESC’s contribution to the mid-term evaluation 
of the Erasmus + programme 
with Tibor Navracsics, 
European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Youth and Sport, 
on Wednesday 31 May from 4.30 to 5.45 p.m. • Discussion on the priorities of the European Parliament and on future cooperation with the EESC, with Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament Thursday 1 June 2017 from 12.30 to 1.30 p.m.
  • 04/07/2016
    Il est essentiel pour notre société que le dialogue social joue pleinement son rôle. Pour y parvenir, le préalable est que son appréhension soit plus positive sur ce qu’il est et sur ce qu’il doit être. Contribuer à forger et développer une culture du dialogue social dans notre pays est donc fondamental. P