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"The social economy is the future, and I am proud of the work that has been done at the EESC while we are on the right track at the level of the European Commission as well", Georges Dassis declared during the 9th ILO Academy on Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) that was co-organised with the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Economy in Luxembourg.


Digital healthcare is around the corner. It will bring a sea change to our health care systems, in principle positive change, provided that a few basic political choices are made at European level before it is too late. This was the main conclusion of an own-initiative opinion entitled Impact of the digital healthcare revolution on health insurance, adopted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 21 September.


A structured form of dialogue with organised civil society is essential for successful negotiations, says the EESC

Europe and its Member States are the main investor in Latin American and Caribbean countries and their most significant cooperation partner. In fact, the countries of Latin America and Caribbean are the EU's second largest trading partner - together, the EU and CELAC account for around 25% of global GDP.  


The Innovation Camp on Resilience, organized by The Centre for Research & Technology Helas (CERTH), the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), took place in Thessaloniki on 21-23 September 2017.


A solid and sustainable social dimension of the European Union is crucial for securing its future,  speakers said at the public hearing on the "Impact of the social dimension and the European Pillar of Social Rights on the Future of the European Union", held by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 11 September.


Focusing on social inclusion of young people, helping them to develop self-confidence, a sense of identity and belonging, and teaching them how to think critically are among the most important elements of successfully preventing youth radicalisation, a panel held by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) heard in Brussels last week.


The rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs) should be included in the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global compact for Migration, the two intergovernmental agreements covering the international response to refugees and migrations, it was suggested at an event held on the margins of the Conference of State Parties to the CRPD (COSP) co-hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

Social Economy – the right tool to improve living standards in the EU neighbourhood

The social economy's primary objective is to generate economic activity at the same time as meeting and addressing the needs of workers, users and consumers, rather than owners and investors. Based on solidarity-inspired criteria, it makes a major contribution to improving the living and working conditions of millions of people.  The social economy in its various business forms - cooperatives, associations, foundations, mutual societies, social economy enterprises (SEEs), etc.