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The COPA (Committee of Professional Agricultural Organisations) Women's Committee has launched its 4th European Innovation Award for women farmers. This year's title is Women farmers as drivers of innovation and green growth in the European Union.

Five winners, coming from Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden were selected. In rewarding them, the EESC also wishes to acknowledge the contribution made by so many other committed women in rural areas.


On 12 October, Georges Dassis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), will be for the first time in Portugal in this quality, to attend the 25th anniversary of the Portuguese Economic and Social Council (CES), in Lisbon.

The event will start with an opening speech by the President of Portuguese CES, Luís Filipe Pereira, and will have the special participation of the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.


On 6 and 7 October, the President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Georges Dassis, and the Secretary-General, Luis Planas will attend the Annual Meeting of the Presidents and Secretaries-General of the national ESCs of the EU and the EESC.

This year's meeting will be dedicated to "The future of work and social rights in a changing Europe".




Georges Dassis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), participated in the presentation of the pilot project "European Framework for mobility of apprentices", in Toledo, Spain, on 30 September.

After the enormous success of the Erasmus programme (for higher education students), the European Union is launching a new project, this time focused on vocational education for trainees and apprentices (who do not go to university or college).


Employers' organisations and trade unions alike will have to adapt to the tremendous changes that the 4th industrial revolution is bringing to labour markets. Employers stress the importance of making labour markets more flexible in order to fully grasp the opportunities provided by Industry 4.0, while trade unions emphasise that changes cannot undermine the protection of workers. The 4th industrial revolution is generating uncertainty and anxiety among workers and employers and so the more we work on identifying potential opportunities and risks, the better. Responsible, frank and open social dialogue at national level has a crucial role to play in this process.