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Change management, better communication on scientific evidence and, above all, civil engagement are key factors for the development and implementation of new indicators to measure people's well-being and societies' progress. This was the main message of a public debate that was held on 4 June by the European Economic and Social Committee and its Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion.   


Energy, transport and services of general interest, combined with the digital revolution, can drive European growth in a sustainable and all-inclusive way. This was the message of the hearing that was held on 22 May 2019 by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and its Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN).


Evropská unie naléhavě potřebuje novou, ambiciózní a jasnou strategii pro svou budoucnost. Její nedílnou součástí musí být politika soudržnosti. Evropský hospodářský a sociální výbor (EHSV) ve svém průzkumném stanovisku Budoucnost politiky soudržnosti, které si vyžádalo rumunské předsednictví Rady, naléhavě žádá, aby byly v rámci nových předpisů týkajících se politiky soudržnosti po roce 2020 vyhrazeny dostatečné prostředky a aby byla zaručena lepší účinnost a viditelnost této politiky.


The member states of the European Union must strengthen stakeholder involvement in their efforts to reform national economies. Together with a new long-term EU strategy for sustainable development, improved stakeholder involvement could help create a more efficient and inclusive European semester that enjoys the support of society and is prepared to tackle the challenges facing the EU.

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Italy’s Luca Jahier has been elected as the 32nd president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the EU body representing organised civil society, which he will head for the next two and a half years. The two new vice-presidents will be Milena Angelova (Bulgaria) for budget and Isabel Caño Aguilar (Spain) for communication. Read the inaugural speech.

Towards transformational local development policies

On 28 November 2022 the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), together with ECOLISE will hold an event in the context of the annual Communities for Future Week, a week-long series of events at EU, national and regional levels that will explore how best to support ongoing work led by communities on climate change and sustainability in Europe.