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How are new forms of employment impacting workers? Is the total flexibility of workers and labour market desirable? Will the sharing economy be putting an end to Europe's social protection systems?

EESC hosts panel at the Deutsche Welle Global Forum

Globally, inequality and poverty also have led to migration, fostering, inequality and tensions in the host countries.

Europe has reacted to these challenges by proclaiming the European pillar of social rights, a set of key principles aiming at a more social Europe.  Its main purpose is to fight against inequality and poverty. The fight against inequalities is also linked to the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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The Dutch Presidency has requested an exploratory opinion about the shift from the traditional employment relationship to more non-standard forms of employment, introduced among others by online platforms like Uber. The EESC is to examine the link between new forms of employments relationships to a decent living wage and make policy recommendations as to how to take full advantage of digital innovation but regulate and mitigate the effects in terms of labour law protection and social protection.


In its own-initiative opinion, the EESC is looking at the efficiency of the efforts, funded from the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD), in tackling poverty and social exclusion in Europe – as one of the Europe 2020 strategy's most important goals.

The aim of this hearing is to collect specific observations and recommendations based on the experiences of civil society organisations with the implementation of the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) for combating poverty and social exclusion.


With the SOC Section's support, EAPN will present its assessment of the 2015 NRPs and debate with 150 stakeholders two key questions:

- What needs to be done to ensure that the European Semester delivers on its Europe 2020 commitments to reduce poverty and promote participation?

- How to help the EU move forward on a social, sustainable and democratic strategy that could give hope and restore faith in the EU?

Speakers: Commissioner Thyssen, Outi Slotboom (DG ECFIN), Raquel Lucas (Commissioner Dombrovskis Cabinet), Sergio Prieto (MEP) and Tom Dominique (SPC Chair).

Mr Staffan Nilsson, President

Statement by Staffan Nilsson, the EESC President and Leila Kurki, President of the EESC Section Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship on Communication by the European Commission on the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion


Statement : Sustainability needs to become the mainstream in anti-poverty action

President Staffan Nilsson

"... EESC has committed to contribute to the concerted efforts towards the poverty eradication target – reduce the number of people at risk of poverty by 20 million by 2020. This is ambitious, but we believe it is possible with political commitment and with civil society's full involvement. ..."


Speech by the EESC Presiden Staffan Nilsson at The Citizens' AGORA – Crisis and Poverties – an EP-EESC joint event


Inaugural speech by President Jahier

Presentation by Nicolaos Tsemperlidis

Presentation by Evangalia Kekeleki

Presentation by Georges Basdaris

Presentation by Marios Tselonis

Presentation by Professor Dimitris Mardas

Presentation by Dimitrios Bakatselos

Speech by Vice-President Wilms

Statement by Marios Tselonis

Presentation by Professor Nicolaidis

Speech by Dr. Leonidas Makris