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EESC calls for strong EU budget commitment matched by Member State and private investment

The EESC wants to see the roll-out of the European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS) speeded up and proposes a Commission-led initiative to raise the EUR 100 billion investment needed. It is calling on social partners and governments to ensure a smooth and socially just transition by anticipating the impact of automation and digitalisation, including on educational needs. Safety considerations must play a part in all planning and implementation.


Der Europäische Wirtschafts- und Sozialausschuss (EWSA) ist der Ansicht, dass die Bewältigung der sozialen Frage entscheidend ist, damit die UN-Agenda 2030 für nachhaltige Entwicklung in der EU verwirklicht werden kann. Die Umsetzung der 17 Nachhaltigkeitsziele (Sustainable Development Goals, SDG) in der EU erfordert die Zusammenführung der sozialen mit der wirtschaftlichen und ökologischen Dimension der Nachhaltigkeit, um so einen systemischen Wandel zu bewirken und das in den aktuellen EU-Strategien vorherrschende Schubladendenken zu überwinden.


Blockchain technology has the potential to transform society, but there is a need for legal clarity and certainty and therefore a common EU approach. This is the key message of an own-initiative opinion adopted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 30 October, which also calls on the European Commission to launch a comprehensive initiative to make the EU a global authority in this field.


The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hosted a debate on “rEUnaissance - A cultural vision for Europe”, featuring Andre Wilkens, director of the European Cultural Foundation; Pier Luigi Sacco, special adviser to Tibor Navracsics, commissioner for education, culture, youth and sport; Airan Berg, artistic director of the Festival of the Regions and Elke Kaschl Mohni, director of the Goethe Institute in Brussels.


Fisheries, aquaculture and algae cultivation are crucial to increasing sustainable aquatic food production in the EU, promoting food security and creating economic growth and sustainable jobs. The potential of the blue bio-economy remains untapped in the EU. The EESC therefore recommends introducing pan-European pilot projects, and based on their results tapping the sector's full potential with the involvement of both local stakeholders and the scientific community. 


Now we have a golden opportunity to align the EU's next disability strategy with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

On 21 October, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a public hearing to gather input from grassroots organisations for its opinion on the EU's next ten-year strategy for disability rights and to draw the lessons from the agenda due to expire in 2020.