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Η Ευρωπαϊκή Οικονομική και Κοινωνική Επιτροπή προκήρυξε το Βραβείο της Κοινωνίας των Πολιτών για το έτος 2019. Το φετινό θέμα είναι Περισσότερες γυναίκες στην ευρωπαϊκή κοινωνία και οικονομία, και το βραβείο θα τιμήσει καινοτόμες πρωτοβουλίες και έργα που αποσκοπούν στην επίτευξη ίσων ευκαιριών για γυναίκες και άνδρες και στην εξασφάλιση της ίσης μεταχείρισής τους σε όλους τους τομείς της οικονομικής και της κοινωνικής ζωής.

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The 25th anniversary of the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement, in force since 1994, was the main topic of the EEA Consultative Committee meeting that took place on 23 and 24 May. This committee, which represents employers, workers and other civil society players of EEA member states, insisted on the importance of completing the internal market and taking into account its social dimension.

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On 10 May, candidates from the main parties running for the European Parliament (EP) elections took part in a round table debate organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Madrid. They were in favour of initiating a reform of the EU institutions with the aim, amongst other things, of enabling organised civil society to play a greater role in the building of Europe.

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Young Europeans think that belonging to the EU benefits them directly and are keen to learn other languages, explore other cultures, and have friends of other EU nationalities. These are just the first results of a study on "Youngsters and the EU - Perceptions, Knowledge and Expectations", which the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and its Diversity Europe Group presented at a major event in Brussels on 15 May 2019.

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The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is starting to take stock of progress made so far in implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights ("the Social Pillar"), a tool for social policy proclaimed by the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission at the Gothenburg Summit in November 2017.