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Despite being a party to the Aarhus Convention since 2005, the European Union is still not fully complying with its "access to justice" provisions. In its opinion adopted on 27 January, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes the Commission's proposal to revise the EU Aarhus Regulation as a step forward in improving access to administrative and judicial review procedures in environmental matters for citizens and NGOs. However, the Commission does not go far enough. Civil society organisations are asking the EU for stronger enforcement mechanisms to deliver effectively on the Aarhus Convention and on the European Green Deal.

2030  40% increases to 55%

In response to the Commission Communication Stepping up Europe's 2030 climate ambition, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) reaffirms that the Commission's decision to raise the EU's ambition on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to at least 55% below 1990 levels by 2030 is the right one. However, in its opinion Stepping up Europe's climate ambition, the EESC insists on increasing efforts to achieve the intermediate targets, speeding up the process and placing the European citizens at the centre of climate action. Failing this, the EU will be at risk of missing its climate-neutral goal by 2050.


The UN's special envoy on poverty, Olivier De Schutter, participated in the January plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), revealing the conclusions of his mission to the EU institutions. Despite growth and stability, poverty still remains an issue, leaving some 92 million people at risk.


Σε συζήτηση με την Ευρωπαία Επίτροπο Εσωτερικών Υποθέσεων Ylva Johansson κατά τη διάρκεια της συνόδου ολομέλειάς της, η Ευρωπαϊκή Οικονομική και Κοινωνική Επιτροπή (ΕΟΚΕ) χαιρέτισε το Νέο Σύμφωνο για τη Μετανάστευση και το Άσυλο, επικρίνοντας ωστόσο την έλλειψη φιλοδοξίας και τόλμης του. Εστιάζοντας υπερβολικά στα σύνορα και τις επιστροφές, το Σύμφωνο δεν προτείνει παρά ελάχιστες εφικτές λύσεις για μια προσέγγιση της διαχείρισης της μετανάστευσης βασισμένη στην αλληλεγγύη