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The EESC is currently drafting an opinion that aims to define what "the sustainable economy we need" should look like by exploring new economic models, investment decisions vis-à-vis technological advances as well as novel indicators for growth and competitiveness. 

Information memo: The sustainable economy we need (own-initiative opinion)


The member states of the European Union must strengthen stakeholder involvement in their efforts to reform national economies. Together with a new long-term EU strategy for sustainable development, improved stakeholder involvement could help create a more efficient and inclusive European semester that enjoys the support of society and is prepared to tackle the challenges facing the EU.


Change management, better communication on scientific evidence and, above all, civil engagement are key factors for the development and implementation of new indicators to measure people's well-being and societies' progress. This was the main message of a public debate that was held on 4 June by the European Economic and Social Committee and its Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion.   


The European Semester should be based on the principles of partnership and multilevel governance modelled on the partnership agreements existing in cohesion policy, as this bottom-up approach will contribute to more clarity, legitimacy and ownership at implementing level. This was one of the main messages of a hearing held by the European Economic and Social Committee on 11 June.


On 13 and 14 June 2019, the EESC, together with the Consiglio Nazionale dell'Economia e del Lavoro (CNEL) organised the yearly “Annual meeting of the Presidents and Secretaries-General of the Economic and Social Councils of the EU and the EESC” in Rome. The topic of this year's conference was “The ESCs role in sustainable development and the implementation of the Social Pillar”.


Η Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση χρειάζεται επειγόντως μια νέα, φιλόδοξη και σαφή στρατηγική για το μέλλον της, στο πλαίσιο της οποίας η πολιτική συνοχής πρέπει να καταστεί αναπόσπαστο τμήμα. Οι νέες διατάξεις για την πολιτική συνοχής μετά το 2020 πρέπει να προβλέπουν τη διάθεση επαρκών πόρων και να διασφαλίζουν τη βελτίωση της αποτελεσματικότητας και της προβολής της, προτρέπει σθεναρά η Ευρωπαϊκή Οικονομική και Κοινωνική Επιτροπή (ΕΟΚΕ), σε διερευνητική γνωμοδότηση σχετικά με το μέλλον της πολιτικής συνοχής, που ζητήθηκε από τη Ρουμανική Προεδρία του Συμβουλίου.


Building up a more sustainable and resilient European economy and completing Economic and Monetary Union should be priorities for the next European Commission and European Parliament: these points emerged from a public hearing held by the European Economic and Social Committee on 12 April 2019.