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The new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change is a crucial step towards achieving climate neutrality and resilience by 2050. European civil society strongly supports the Commission's commitment to strengthening efforts on climate proofing, resilience building, prevention and preparedness. The floods occurring in Western Europe, just weeks after a record-breaking heatwave in the US and Canada, are fresh reminders of the pace of change.


Η οικοδόμηση εταιρικών σχέσεων προσέλκυσης ταλέντων με τις χώρες καταγωγής και διέλευσης συνιστά βασικό στοιχείο πολιτικής για την αντιμετώπιση της μετανάστευσης. Η Ευρώπη πρέπει να μετατοπίσει το επίκεντρο της εξωτερικής διάστασης της μεταναστευτικής πολιτικής και να την εντάξει σε ένα ευρύτερο γεωπολιτικό και γεωοικονομικό θεματολόγιο, στο οποίο θα δοθεί η δέουσα θέση και σε άλλες πολιτικές. Διαφορετικά, το νέο σύμφωνο για τη μετανάστευση και το άσυλο θα είναι πολύ αδύναμο να αντιμετωπίσει τις αυξανόμενες μεταναστευτικές ροές.


Rapidly developed to cushion the severe effects the pandemic was expected to have on businesses and workers, SURE has helped Member States to protect employment and keep EU economies afloat. With an evaluation of the scheme underway, there is an ongoing debate as to whether SURE should be here to stay as an ad hoc system of protection to help prevent job losses and provide income support during future serious crises


According to a Deloitte study, there are conflicting opinions on the new 5G technology. Further study is therefore needed, and the debate held at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) addressed civil society organisations' concerns surrounding the issue.


The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes the proposed EU Action Plan on Synergies between the civil, defence and space industries. The Action plan can enhance Europe's strategic autonomy and technological sovereignty, improve the security of citizens and boost competitiveness, economic growth and employment. Therefore, the EESC calls for rapid, forceful and ambitious implementation of the 11 actions set out in the Plan.


The new trade strategy launched by the Commission in February brings engaging principles to the table that will support the EU in achieving its domestic and external policy objectives. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes this trade strategy as a way of improving market access and levelling the playing field. Alongside this, the modernisation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) will be the key to delivering for future generations.


The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) points out that efficient and sustainable multimodal transport and logistics can become a reality only by dealing with the problems that make them more expensive, slower and less reliable than unimodal road transport. Merely introducing a new regulatory framework on the subject or injecting additional funding will not help.

Cillian Lohan, Frans Timmermans, Stefan Rahmstorf and Youth representatives

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) opinion on structured youth engagement on climate and sustainability in the EU decision-making process is gaining momentum. When adopted in September 2020, it proposed, among other recommendations, the establishment of a Youth Climate and Sustainability Round Table, to be hosted by the EESC in conjunction with the European Commission, European Parliament and youth organisations.