On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we spoke to the EESC's Vice President for Budget, Krzysztof Pater, who authored the 2019 information report on the rights of persons with disabilities to vote in European elections
En torno al 42 % de la población europea de edad avanzada afirma que la discriminación por razón de la edad es un fenómeno muy extendido en sus países y que alcanza su punto álgido en el lugar de trabajo. La proporción de personas mayores de sesenta y cinco años aumentará constantemente en las próximas décadas, por lo que en la UE urge adoptar una estrategia global que suponga un cambio radical, tanto en el ámbito de las políticas como en la manera en que la sociedad percibe a las personas mayores
The EESC event "Connecting EU" 2023 seminar dedicated to the upcoming European elections, took place in Bratislava, Slovakia on 23-24 November 2023 and ensured a large presence of women's participation.
In Europe's rural communities, the silent struggle for equality and opportunity for young women is still ongoing. On 22 November, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a debate on gender equality and youth in rural areas during the meeting of its Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment. The event is in line with the EESC's commitment to the Rural Pact and the European Gender Equality Week.
Marking the International Day for the elimination of violence against women on 25 November, EESC member José Antonio Moreno Díaz, rapporteur for the opinion SOC/726 Combatting violence against women, believes that violence against women and girls is a tragedy that is sweeping Europe.
On 21 November, the EESC's Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship held a debate on the issue of violence against women and girls, calling for the local, national, regional and EU level to join forces. Despite years of procrastination, the Commission's proposal to combat violence against women was still watered down by the Council as the majority of Member States are not in favour of including consent-based rape legislation in the directive.
El Comité Económico y Social Europeo (CESE) contribuye al debate estratégico sobre las infraestructuras energéticas con una posición clara y sin ambages: los debates deben girar en torno a la ciudadanía si queremos realmente que actúe de palanca en aras de la transición ecológica y energética y para garantizar un equilibrio económico y social.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), in partnership with the Economic and Social Council of the Slovak Republic, will hold its annual civil society communication seminar – #ConnectingEU2023 – on 23-24 November 2023. This year's theme is "European elections 2024: Why vote?"
Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) need more effective, better structured support to transition to sustainable business practices
The EESC's Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion (ECO) held a debate on 15 November addressing gender disparities in access to financial markets. Studies highlight these gaps, sparking ongoing debates as to their causes. Women-led EU businesses receive only 2% of venture capital, apply for fewer loans and invest cautiously. The talks explored how these disparities affected society and the economy and searched for policy solutions.