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On 10 May, candidates from the main parties running for the European Parliament (EP) elections took part in a round table debate organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Madrid. They were in favour of initiating a reform of the EU institutions with the aim, amongst other things, of enabling organised civil society to play a greater role in the building of Europe.

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Young Europeans think that belonging to the EU benefits them directly and are keen to learn other languages, explore other cultures, and have friends of other EU nationalities. These are just the first results of a study on "Youngsters and the EU - Perceptions, Knowledge and Expectations", which the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and its Diversity Europe Group presented at a major event in Brussels on 15 May 2019.

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The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is starting to take stock of progress made so far in implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights ("the Social Pillar"), a tool for social policy proclaimed by the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission at the Gothenburg Summit in November 2017.

Participants in YEYS 2019
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Et obligatorisk pensum om europæisk politik for at øge borgernes viden, inden de sætter deres kryds, var det forslag, der fik flest stemmer under 2019-udgaven af "Dit Europa, din mening" (YEYS), ungdomsarrangementet, der blev organiseret af Det Europæiske Økonomiske og Sociale Udvalg (EØSU) den 21.-22. marts 2019. Europa-Parlamentet vil få forelagt dette og tre andre udvalgte forslag, der fokuserer på, hvordan nye teknologier og sociale medier kan styrke deltagelsen i europaparlamentsvalget.

Plenary session March 2019 - day 22 - bilateral meeting - presidents Jahier and Bernasconi
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The future of Europe was high on the agenda of the EESC March plenary, which hosted a debate with Patrick Bernasconi, president of the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council. Luca Jahier, president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), reaffirmed that civil society had a vital role to play in the European project.