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He agrees with the EESC that more needs to be done in the areas of prevention and preparedness

In light of the dramatic impact of climate change, which affects the whole of Europe, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) urges the European institutions to adopt further joint measures and policies under the rescEU proposal in order to respond to disasters more efficiently and effectively.


Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, attended the EESC plenary session on 17 October 2018, engaging in a debate with members on the main external threats and challenges for the EU. EESC President Luca Jahier, highlighted the important role played by the EU as a major humanitarian aid donor, but also recalled that "civil society organisations are willing to be part of this effort".

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Eine tolle Gelegenheit für den Austausch von Ideen und eine wunderbare Lernerfahrung. Das „Jubel Festival“, in Belgien das allererste Festival der Demokratie in Europa, fand am Samstag, 22. September 2018, im Brüsseler Leopold-Park statt. Die EWSA-Mitglieder Pierre Jean Coulon, Ronny Lannoo, Thierry Libaert und Daniel Mareels leisteten ihren Beitrag zu einem ergebnisreichen Treffen über die Zukunft Europas, das vor allem mit Blick auf die bevorstehende Europawahl von besonderer Relevanz war.

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Despite an overly complicated ECI tool, one million signatures collected for diversity in Europe

At its plenary on 20 September, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) invited the initiators of the European Citizens' Initiative Minority SafePack – represented by Loránt Vincze, president of the Federal Union of European Nationalities – to present their request, which is aimed at improving the protection of national and linguistic minorities in Europe


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Auf der EWSA-Plenartagung am 20. September 2018 führten EWSA-Präsident Luca Jahier und die EU-Kommissarin für Verkehr Violeta Bulc einen konstruktiven Meinungsaustausch über Mobilität. Im Mittelpunkt der Debatte mit den EWSA-Mitgliedern standen ein angemessener Regelungsrahmen für einen gut funktionierenden einheitlichen europäischen Verkehrsraum, die Digitalisierung bei der Landverkehrstechnik, mehr Interoperabilität zwischen den verschiedenen elektronischen Mautsystemen und Investitionen in sauberen Strom.


Last chance to compete for the EESC Civil Society Prize 2018 on identities, European values and cultural heritage in Europe! Applications closing soon

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is inviting organisations and individuals who work for a better Europe to put themselves forward for the Civil Society Prize, which this year is promoting initiatives to do with European values, identities and cultural heritage. The deadline is 7 September 2018.

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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.