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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. 


Η Ευρωπαϊκή Οικονομική και Κοινωνική Επιτροπή (ΕΟΚΕ) επικροτεί τη νέα στρατηγική της ΕΕ για τα δικαιώματα των ατόμων με αναπηρία ως βήμα προόδου για την εφαρμογή της Σύμβασης των Ηνωμένων Εθνών για τα δικαιώματα των ατόμων με αναπηρία (ΣΔΑμεΑ). Η στρατηγική ενσωματώνει πολλές προτάσεις της ΕΟΚΕ, του ευρωπαϊκού κινήματος των ΑμεΑ και της κοινωνίας των πολιτών. Στις προτάσεις περιλαμβάνονται η πλήρης εναρμόνιση της νέας στρατηγικής και η ενισχυμένη εποπτεία της εφαρμογής της σε επίπεδο ΕΕ. Ωστόσο, η ΕΟΚΕ ανησυχεί λόγω της αποδυνάμωσης των δεσμευτικών μέτρων και της νομοθεσίας για την εφαρμογή της στρατηγικής.


The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) says that effective funding and solid risk management are essential when raising funds on capital markets, highlighting that the Commission has to manage the borrowing strategy directly and recommending an advisory board where civil society organisations are also represented.


At the expert round table organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), participants point out that Europeans will see a real benefit from combining different means of air, sea and land transport only if they are reliable, flexible and not expensive.