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Disability discrimination in Europe averages 15%, but in Portugal this figure increases to 65%.  Surprisingly, the Portuguese Government has no national strategy for persons with disabilities.  Data analysis and research from the Observatório da Deficiency e Direitos Humanos (Disability and Human Rights Observatory) based at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, reveals some worrying concerns.

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 How best to ensure online consumer protection: this was the focus of the 20th European Consumer Day, a joint event of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Bulgarian Economic and Social Council held in Sofia on 20 March. The conference "The digital economy: what deal for consumers" was an opportunity for experts and policy-makers to discuss the new challenges to consumer protection posed by digitalisation from both a European and a national perspective.

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EESC holds the second of its 'going-local' meetings on the live-in care industry in the EU, revealing dire conditions of care workers employed in German households

Despite the rise in the number of foreign care workers living in German homes, the live-in care sector in the country is highly fragmented and unregulated, with underpaid carers who are denied basic working rights or social protection, and with care recipients who have no guarantees of the quality of the care they receive, a meeting held by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) revealed.

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Οι νέοι υποστηρίζουν ότι περισσότερες ευκαιρίες για την εκμάθηση ξένων γλωσσών μέσα απ’ τα ταξίδια, πιο ευπρόσιτα σημεία πολιτισμικού ενδιαφέροντος στην Ευρώπη, καθώς και η διατήρηση του πολιτισμού μας μέσω της κουζίνας και των παραδοσιακών τεχνών κάθε χώρας μπορούν να εμπνεύσουν τη νεολαία της Ευρώπης να ανακαλύψει νέους πολιτισμούς και να κατανοήσει καλύτερα την κοινή πολιτισμική μας κληρονομιά.

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EESC rapporteur on Artificial Intelligence (AI) Catelijne Muller says the strategy, as outlined by Commissioner Ansip to the EESC's plenary on March 15, fully meets the Committee's call for the European Union to take global pole position in determining the framework for the responsible development and deployment of AI.

Bernardo Hernández Bataller

The EESC acknowledges the Commission's Communication Tackling Illegal Content Online – Towards and enhanced responsibility of online platforms as a first and useful step but is not satisfied with its scope. It therefore calls on the Commission to establish programmes and effective measures to provide a stable and consistent legal framework for the efficient removal of illegal content. 


Το μέλλον της δημοκρατίας στην Ευρώπη ήταν το θέμα συζήτησης της διημερίδας ευρωπαϊκού επιπέδου που διοργάνωσε ο Πρόεδρος της ΕΟΚΕ κ. Γιώργος Ντάσης στο αμφιθέατρο του Μουσείου της Ακρόπολης της Αθήνας την 1η και τη 2α Μαρτίου. Ενώπιον ενός αρκετά ενεργού ακροατηρίου από τα θεσμικά όργανα της ΕΕ, την ελληνική κυβέρνηση, τα πανεπιστήμια και οργανώσεις της κοινωνίας πολιτών, ο κ. Ντάσης υποστήριξε σαφώς ότι το μέλλον της δημοκρατίας συνδέεται άμεσα με μια ειρηνική και ομοσπονδιακή Ευρώπη.