"The rule of law: why should we care?" was the thought-provoking question put to participants in a hearing jointly organised by the EESC Fundamental Rights and Rule of Law Group and the International Bar Association (IBA) on 6 July 2022 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
The EESC held a public hearing in preparation for an own-initiative opinion on The EU Youth Test. The event provided an opportunity to learn from the experiences of other Member States that have already implemented similar youth test approaches, as well as to consider youth participation in the context of Europe's future.
At a meeting with journalists on 30 June 2022, attended by Sabine Verhest from "La Libre Belgique", Lorenzo Robustelli and Federico Baccini from Eunews.it, EESC members, Veselin Mitov, Marcin Nowacki, Kinga Joó, Andris Gobiņš shared testimonies of the activities of their organisations supporting Ukrainian civil society by providing vital assistance to them.
Lifelong learning will ensure jobs and decent living standards. However, in the absence of a standardised system across the EU, not all workers have opportunities to reskill and upskill during their careers, an EESC study finds
If implemented properly, worker mobility within the EU can bring economic prosperity and enrich our society
Many people take it for granted that they can move around freely and travel spontaneously by using public transport. But for people with reduced mobility, this is often not possible, due to a lack of accessibility arrangements. To discuss these matters, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has held a public hearing
On 15–16 June the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) officially joined the Rural Pact community during the first Rural Pact Conference. The EESC, as one of the organisers of the conference, participated in different panels to promote the application of a truly holistic approach to sustainable rural/urban development.
In a new opinion package the EESC argues that the whole semiconductor value chain needs to be bolstered, including the final stages of production, where COVID-19 also exposed some very critical gaps.
The state-sponsored instrumentalisation of migrants, aimed at destabilising the EU, and the current war in Ukraine, resulting in an unprecedented influx of refugees, call for a review of European migration policy. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) insists that solidarity and burden-sharing among Member States are needed for a common response to refugee crises. At the same time, the EESC highlights the need to guarantee migrants' safety and human rights.
The EU's Employment and Social Innovation programme (EaSI), a finance instrument intended to promote high quality employment, has strengthened the coordination of action in the areas of employment and inclusion, but its smooth implementation encountered a number of hurdles, an evaluation report drawn up by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) found.