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Dear Readers,

We have had since 2022 a Communication Strategy, which is now entering its implementation stages.

A lot of developments are taking place, from empowering our expression to understanding and responding to our stakeholders and partners in their "style".


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To the point

In this column, Pietro De Lotto, president of the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change, shares the EESC's views on the "Blue Deal", one of the hot issues driving the EU agenda, and on why we need a comprehensive water strategy.

Faced with water challenges, the EU needs a Blue Deal

By Pietro De Lotto, President of the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change

Water is a human right, and fundamental to all aspects of life. Access to water has been something we have taken for granted in Europe for a long time.

One question to...

One question to

In our "One question to…" column, we ask EESC members to highlight the importance of a report they have been working on.

This time we talked to Giuseppe Guerini, EESC member and rapporteur for the opinion on Review of the Bank crisis management and deposit insurance framework. The opinion is scheduled for adoption at the July plenary session.


Giuseppe Guerini: "The European Deposit Guarantee Scheme is key to complete the Banking Union"

EESC info: "What is the Committee's position on the Eurogroup's proposal and subsequent legislative proposals on banking union? In particular, what is it stance on crisis management and deposit guarantees?"

The surprise guest

The surprise guest

In the "Surprise guest" column we welcome distinguished personalities from science, journalism, culture and other spheres of public life. Our guest this month is Boško Savković, a Serbian writer, journalist and film/documentary producer. He is co-chair of the EU-Serbia Joint Consultative Committee, a body operating under the EESC's External Relations Section to promote closer ties between civil society in the EU and Serbia, and a member of the Presidency of Serbia's Employers' Union.

Boško Savković: "I am no Che Guevara, I am just one of the citizens asking for a safe country"

EESC info: Tell us about the incident which led to your arrest and imprisonment

Boško Savković: On 4 June 2023, a huge demonstration was organised in Belgrade following two massacres which saw 18 people killed, half of them children. People believe that it was a political demonstration. On the contrary, it was a peaceful demonstration and one of the biggest. People were asking for the minister in charge of the police and the members of the Electronic Media Regulatory Authority to be replaced.


Electricity market reform - EESC proposes "E-Facility" to buy and sell power

The Committee supports the creation of a future electricity market based on a public-private partnership and a mix of regulation and liberalisation.

Energy crisis – Future measures must be tailored, targeted and transition-proof

The EESC recommends establishing a "Green triple-T" standard to assess the impact of future interventions on the EU's economic system.

The EU should ban unrepairable products

The EESC has suggested that products which cannot be repaired should not be marketed in Europe, and that merely requiring producers to inform consumers when a product cannot be fixed is not enough.

The EESC proposes the creation of a European Food Policy Council

The Council would help address the many crises currently affecting food systems and anticipate future challenges that will arise with the accession of Ukraine to the EU.

Young people: discriminated against solely based on their age

Young people should receive the same pay and social security benefits as other workers, including the same minimum wage, which is still not the case in all Member States.

EESC backs calls to prioritise fundamental social rights over economic freedoms under EU law

The EESC has asked the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU to push forward with the proposal to make the Social Progress Protocol a binding legal instrument to help strengthen and preserve social rights in Europe

Global HIV epidemic persists: Urgent need for community engagement and anti-stigma efforts

HIV prevention, continued care and eradicating discrimination remain critical to tackle the ongoing global public health crisis, says EESC

EESC suggests innovative revenue streams for the EU budget

The EESC provided its policy recommendations for a new generation of own resources for the EU budget. In a new opinion, the Committee urges the Commission to further develop the Framework for Income Taxation (BEFIT) and suggests considering an EU-wide tax on digital transactions and a levy targeting companies which import products from third-country manufacturers that do not ensure proper protection of workers.

Civil society and independent media are the firewall against disinformation

A strong civil society network is one of the key weapons to fight disinformation on the ground, together with political awareness, a solid legislative framework and independent media.

New publication: The EESC's activities during the Spanish Presidency

The European Economic and Social Committee will play a major role during the new Spanish presidency of the Council of the European Union, as it has been asked by the presidency to prepare a considerable number of opinions.

EESC Employers' Group gets solid backing for counter opinion on Social Progress Protocol

By the EESC Employers' Group

At the EESC's June Plenary session, the Employers' Group put forward a counter-opinion to strongly voice its concern about adding a Social Progress Protocol that would fundamentally change the nature and functioning of the EU social market economy.

A Social Progress Protocol for working people

By the EESC Workers Group

A Social Progress Protocol enshrined in EU fundamental law would meet workers' demands for robust social protection from Europe.

The ageing population in Europe: an essential topic for EU policy-making

By Miguel Ángel Cabra de Luna, member of the EESC Civil Society Organisations' Group

A new EESC opinion puts forward a number of policy proposals on how best to respond to a growing challenge: the huge increase in the number of older people in Europe.