With discussions for TTIP now at a critical point, the EESC has published a new opinion, ‘The position of the EESC on specific key issues of the TTIP negotiations’. The own-initiative opinion assesses some key issues of the negotiations and identifies the main considerations for European civil society. This new ...
Der Begleitausschuss EU-Russland ist das interne Gremium des EWSA, das für die Aufrechterhaltung der Beziehungen zur russischen Zivilgesellschaft zuständig ist.
Seit die Regierung der Russischen Föderation am 24. Februar 2022 den Krieg gegen die Ukraine begonnen hat, wurde die freie Zivilgesellschaft in Russland durch Sondergesetze und wachsende Repressionen zum Schweigen gebracht. Viele Kritiker des Regimes waren gezwungen, ins Exil zu gehen.
Trotz der aktuell schwierigen Lage hat der EWSA beschlossen, sich dem Dialog nicht zu verschließen, sondern ihn mit dem Teil der russischen Zivilgesellschaft, der sich in der EU aufhält und den Krieg ablehnt, aufrechtzuerhalten.
Das Ergebnis ist ein fruchtbarer Informations- und Meinungsaustausch darüber, wie die bilateralen Beziehungen nach dem Ende des Krieges und einer Rückkehr zu Freiheit und Demokratie aussehen sollten.
Statement by Gonçalo Lobo Xavier, Vice-President of the EESC, on International Youth Day
Today we celebrate International Youth Day, which recognises the power of youth in transforming the world. First launched in Lisbon in 1998, this year's International Youth Day is dedicated to promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their aim to fight global poverty and promote a sustainable world for all. Our ability to implement the SDGs effectively will determine the future of today's youth.
Ahead of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, Gabriele Bischoff, President of the EESC Workers' Group, has called for the EU to take strong action against human trafficking, in particular to protect children, young people, women and vulnerable people.
Gabi Bischoff visited Armut und Gesundheit in Deutschland e.V. in Mainz
Some 25% of the EU population are older citizens, a growing market of economic and social players in the digital age. The European Union faces a new challenge: the coincidence of longevity and widespread digitalisation. Therefore, changing the approach to the "silver economy" is an imperative, says the EESC. In its opinion “The digital pillar of growth: e-seniors, a potential 25% of the European population” ...
"The European Economic and Social Committee considers that the participation of Roma at all stages of decision-making is essential for achieving effective policies that can make a real difference to their situation within the EU. However, the tools available today are not sufficient in this regard"
The results are in. After an impressive 428 applications to take part in Your Europe, Your Say! (YEYS) 2016, 33 schools from 28 EU Member States and five candidate countries have been selected to take part. We are thrilled that so many young people have expressed interest in this exciting event, and we can’t wait to meet the winning schools and students in March.
On 12 June, the EESC launched its first event on fighting disinformation, kick-starting an awareness-raising campaign ahead of the European Parliament elections in 2024. The event, which gathered prominent figures from the civil society, media and youth organisations, highlighted the need for a more bottom-up approach with a strong civil society network countering disinformation on the ground.
The European Economic and Social Committee and the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation held their seventh joint seminar in Brussels on 27 September 2017. Both sides highlighted that civil society has an instrumental role to play in contributing to sustainable economic, social and cultural development, democracy and human rights, and fostering people-to-people contacts – one of the guiding principles underpinning the EU's engagement with Russia.
Better scrutiny and management of food waste, an internationally agreed European history curriculum to combat nationalism, and better knowledge of the EU via the creation of a European day for schools. These were the main recommendations made to policy-makers by the students who took part in Your Europe, Your Say! (YEYS) to overcome the challenges the EU is facing.