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The European economy loses over 2% of productivity per year due to a mismatch of skills, according to a recent study commissioned by the European Economic and Social Committee. This means a loss of 80 eurocents for each hour of work. The situation will get even worse in the future due to demographic trends and ongoing technological developments, if no reforms are undertaken.


Die Energiewende bietet den Städten und Regionen erhebliche Möglichkeiten für neue, innovative und wirksame Maßnahmen auf regionaler Ebene. Maroš Šefčovič, für die Energieunion zuständiger Vizepräsident der Europäischen Kommission, forderte auf der Juli-Plenartagung des Europäischen Wirtschafts- und Sozialausschusses (EWSA) eine Verknüpfung der energiepolitischen Initiativen der EU mit der Regionalpolitik und der regionalen Entwicklung sowie eine engere Zusammenarbeit zwischen den EU-Institutionen und der Zivilgesellschaft.


The first Stakeholder Summit on Artificial Intelligence, organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the European Commission, stressed that the EU must ensure that artificial intelligence is safe, unbiased and in line with European values. The event, which aimed to discuss the next steps to advance the EU strategy on artificial intelligence, took place on 18 June in Brussels.

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Citizenship, Democracy and Culture in a digitalised Europe was the motto of the 2018 Civil Society Days, organised by the Liaison Group at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 24 and 25 May in Brussels. In six workshops, participants discussed living together in a digital Europe in the future and concluded with the adoption of seven key recommendations.

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Top EU leaders debating future of Europe agree civic space is and must remain key to European democracy

In his speech on the occasion of the European Economic and Social Committee's 60th anniversary on 24 May, EESC President Luca Jahier articulated the Committee's resolve not to rest on its laurels and charted a course for the EESC's future action based on seven priorities.

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The CAP reform must strengthen the financial position of farmers, as well as their position in the supply chain. A strong well-funded CAP is essential for sustainable and viable agriculture in the EU. The CAP's provisions must attract and support young farmers and facilitate generational renewal. This includes a strong first pillar that ensures a fair income for active farmers and an incentive for the delivery of public goods, and a second pillar that corresponds to the Cork 2.0 declaration and better supports Europe's rural areas.