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Dear readers,

Having confirmed the victory of those who want more, not less Europe, the outcome of the last European elections holds promise for democratic renewal in Europe, based on sustainable development and inclusive institutions.

After the elections, what is now at stake is whether the European Parliament and, indeed, all European institutions and bodies, will be able to deliver what matters most. We all know that this can only be achieved if we place sustainable development at the heart of our policies and our actions.

Diary Dates

In short

Does our future depend on the climate? – Young Europeans have their say

Climate change is on everyone's mind, and young people all over the globe are mobilising to save the planet. The EESC is joining the movement and is asking the young participants of its annual Youth Plenary 'Your Europe Your Say' for the best way forward in protecting our planet.

EESC ensures cooperation with British civil society organisations after Brexit

A delegation of members of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), headed by Stefano Mallia, chair of the EESC Brexit follow-up group, travelled to Scotland on 17 (Edinburgh) and 18 (Glasgow) September. During this visit, they met representatives of Scottish civil society organisations, and of the Scottish Government and Parliament.

Mid-September sees arrival of new EESC trainees

We are pleased to welcome 29 talented young graduates from all over Europe who have embarked on an exciting training experience at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

On 16 September, a new batch of trainees joined the ranks of the European Economic and Social Committee for their five-month traineeships. From September to February, they will experience an extensive training programme that will provide them with an opportunity to learn about the EESC's roles and activities and to acquire professional experience in a multicultural environment.


"We need a coalition of forces for change," says European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly

The EESC September plenary session hosted the European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, who took stock of the ground covered during her term and gave her insight into the challenges facing the European public administration and how they should be addressed.  The EESC president, Luca Jahier, stressed the need for people‑oriented EU institutions.

Better communication about Europe was at the heart of the 13th Civil Society Media Seminar

"The EU is (for) you". The role of civil society in communication about the European Union.

The Civil Society Media Seminar, which was held in Malaga on 10 and 11 October, brought together almost 130 participants. Organised by the EESC in partnership with the University of Malaga, it generated lively discussions on the need for reliable, relevant, constructive and creative communication on the European Union.

The UN Global Compact for Migration is fully in line with EU values

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) says it regrets the fact that not all Member States of the European Union have approved the Global Compact for Migration, which, in its view, presents an excellent opportunity to make progress on establishing a single EU voice on migration at global level.

EESC president and European Parliament vice-president stress the need to work together for a safer and happier Europe

The EESC president, Luca Jahier, and the European Parliament vice-president, Klára Dobrev, exchanged views on the future of Europe during a fruitful debate at the EESC plenary session in September.

EESC supports move to qualified majority voting on energy taxation

The EESC has backed the Commission's proposal to make EU decision-making on energy and climate more democratic, specifically to move from unanimity to qualified majority voting on energy tax matters.

EESC reiterates its call for a stronger architecture of the European Monetary Union

Cooperation and partnership between governments and civil society will be crucial for completing ambitious reforms needed for the deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), a high-level panel of top EU officials and experts concluded at the plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee.

EESC is in favour of making more use of qualified majority voting on social issues

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has welcomed the fact that the Commission is looking into extending qualified majority voting - which requires the Council to adopt proposals in co-decision with the European Parliament - into more areas of social policy.

Eastern Partnership – 10 years of success, but still room for improvement

On 26 September, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) approved an own-initiative opinion to mark the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership (EaP).

Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030: The upcoming decade must be the time for action, says the EESC

"If we want to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, we need to act now", urges the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in its opinion on the Commission's Reflection Paper "Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030".

Current EU and national measures are inadequate for fighting ageism on labour markets

With the European working-age population steadily shrinking, the European Union and its Member States need to create comprehensive strategies for building national policies that would effectively tackle the issue of active ageing, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) said in a recently-adopted opinion.

EESC tables five proposals to help improve EU regulation

An EESC report flags up five areas where changes need to be made to the European Commission's programme to improve EU legislation ("Better regulation"), if it is to continue in the future. Overall, however, the EESC believes the outcome of the 2014-2019 programme to have been positive.

News from the Groups

An open Europe – How does it benefit us all?

by the EESC's Employers' Group

"An open economy and open society are key enablers of European prosperity, wellbeing and way of life" states the Helsinki Declaration on Open Europe. The declaration was signed by the EESC Employers' Group, the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK and Finland Chamber of Commerce during the conference "An open Europe – How does it benefit us all?" on 9 October in Helsinki, Finland.

Workers' rights - Free movement, fair movement - Extraordinary meeting of the Workers' Group

by the EESC's Workers' Group

The social dimension of a sustainable Europe and European labour mobility topped the agenda of the Workers' Group meeting held in Helsinki on 9 October. The Workers' Group advocates a sustainable single market that must prevent social dumping and guarantee equal pay for equal work in the same workplace.

New role models for societies in Europe - Extraordinary meeting of the Diversity Europe Group

by the EESC's Diversity Europe Group

On 12 November, the Diversity Europe Group will host an extraordinary meeting in Brussels at the EESC. The objective of our conference will be to launch the discussion on "New Role Models for Societies in Europe". To explore how to change mind-sets and overcome prejudices. To begin a dialogue!

Soon in the EESC/Cultural events

A photo exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the wall

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To commemorate the 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the EESC is to host the photography exhibition "Images of Another Europe 1985-1989", featuring the work of Constantin Pittas, a well-known photographer from Greece.

EESC's autumn arts season kicks off with a Finnish story in pictures

The autumn season for culture and the arts at the EESC has started with the photography exhibition "Kirja, a Finnish story", organised in connection with the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU.