Press releases

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    12/2024

    On 23 February, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the European Commission held a flagship event for the European Year of Skills, bringing together over 400 young people from all EU Member States to shine the spotlight on the skills needed for current and future jobs.

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    11/2024

    At a high-level conference, the EESC, the EU’s home of organised civil society, sounded the alarm: the shortage of decent and affordable housing is a matter of increasing concern, especially for vulnerable groups and young people, and the European Union must pull together the resources to fight it.

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    8/2024

    The pivotal role of civil society in driving forward the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) took centre stage during the plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). The discussion made it crystal clear that the UN and EU need to work together to advance the SDGs.

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    10/2024

    In a debate with Commission Vice-President and Commissioner for Democracy and Demography Dubravka Šuica, the EESC called for a strategy on civil dialogue as a first step towards strengthening the role of civil society and increasing citizen participation in EU policy-making

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    9/2024

    Today, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) officially launched its initiative to welcome civil society representatives from EU candidate countries. A total of 131 'Enlargement Candidate Members' (ECM) were selected to make up  the pool of civil society experts who will be participating in the Committee's work, thus making the EESC the first institution to open its doors to EU candidate countries. The initiative, a political priority of EESC President Oliver Röpke, sets new standards for involving candidate countries in EU activities, facilitating their progressive and tangible integration into the EU.

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    7/2024

    At the February plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) pointed out that the key factors for recovering from the recent crises and delivering a more resilient EU were sustainable growth, social convergence, a favourable business environment and better employment conditions.

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    06/2024

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is giving its flagship Civil Society Prize to non-profit projects supporting the mental well-being of Europeans

  • More flexible and even tailored pathways to upskilling and lifelong learning can be one way of reaching people with low skills levels, from poorer backgrounds or at risk of social exclusion. Attention still needs to be paid to gender imbalances in labour markets.

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    04/2024

    At the current rate, one third of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets will not be achieved by the EU by 2030. This was the main takeaway of the 5th edition of the Europe Sustainable Development Report (ESDR), launched on 25 January during an event co-organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) NAT Section and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

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    3/2024

    Auf der Plenartagung des Europäischen Wirtschafts- und Sozialausschusses (EWSA) im Januar fand eine Debatte über die Planung der Energieinfrastruktur statt, in der darauf hingewiesen wurde, dass transnationale Strom- und Gasnetze ein Energieverbundnetz innerhalb der Union von wesentlicher Bedeutung sind und durch gezielte Investitionen gestärkt werden müssen.