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Many consumer products could have a longer service-life. However, particularly in the IT and household appliance sectors, some components seem to be designed to become obsolete so that the product becomes unusable after a certain period of time or rely on the use of specific consumable items. This has a number of damaging consequences: the cost to consumers of early replacement of the product or dependence to expensive consumable items, the overuse of natural resources and raw materials.


Brochure launching event "Financial Education and Financial Inclusion" –
Presentation of "FINANCIAL EDUCATION FOR ALL - An EESC publication on financial education strategies and best practices within the European Union". In the context of this event, an initiative on financial inclusion promoted by the Italian banking federation will also be presented.

Werden damit die Europäischen Eisenbahnen wiederbelebt?
18/04/2013 20/04/2013
It’s about Europe, it’s about YoUth!

2013 is an exciting year for ‘Your Europe, Your Say!’ – the annual event that brings school pupils and their teachers to the heart of Europe to put their views to European Union decision-makers. Why? Because 2013 is the European Year of Citizens.

17/04/2013 18/04/2013
Mid-term renewal of the XIVth (five-year) term of office

The EESC is hosting its 489th Plenary Session on 17-18 April to mark the end of the Presidency headed by President Staffan Nilsson and welcome a new Presidency for 2013-2015. On 17 April, Mr Henri Malosse has been elected President of the EESC.

11/04/2013 12/04/2013

The EU-China Round Table was set up by a decision of the Heads of State and Government in 2007, and meets twice a year to discuss topics relating to economic and social issues relevant to both parties. The representatives of the European Economic and Social Committee and the Chinese Economic and Social Council elaborate reports and exchange ideas in view to give a civil society contribution for the development of EU-China relationship.


The event will highlight the issue of pollinator decline and the role of urban beekeeping as a communication tool, as well as a practical contribution to urban biodiversity. Policy approaches to addressing pollinator decline will be outlined.