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Social media platforms should become more responsible and stick to strict rules. The Committee agrees with the European Commission that this would represent a great leap forward in tackling disinformation. However, the Commission proposal lacks practical steps to achieve these objectives. In the opinion put together by Martin Siecker and adopted at the EESC plenary session on 19 September 2018, the EESC urges the Commission to approve compulsory measures and stresses that many issues remain pending.


A stronger budget, more synergies between networks, continued technical support, reaffirmed commitment to investment in electricity projects, and dual‑use of civilian‑military infrastructure. In the opinion put together by Aurel Laurențiu Plosceanu and Graham Watson, which was approved at the EESC plenary on 19 September 2018, the EESC broadly supports the new Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) regulation for the period 2021-2027 and tells the Commission where there is room for improvement.


"The EU speaks your language" is an exhibition organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the first legal act of the European Union, Regulation No 1/58, which determined the languages to be used by the EU institutions and set out the language arrangements applicable to them. The exhibition is a tribute to a multilingual Europe, by affirming its values and the recognition of what languages have contributed to this.


The new regulation on the digital single market proposed by the European Commission will not only protect e-commerce consumers, but - for the first time ever - SMEs too. Business operating on online platforms and search engines will be able to resolve possible conflicts out of court. This is the progress highlighted by the opinion drafted by Marco Vezzani and adopted by the EESC plenary session on 19 September 2018.


The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will be participating in the Jubel Festival, the first European Democracy Festival in Belgium, on Saturday 22 September 2018 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the Leopold Park in Brussels.


The European Commission's action plan, aimed at improving the poor and uneven implementation of EU environmental law and governance across the EU, shows a serious lack of ambition and resources as it proposes measures that are too weak to adequately and uniformly sanction non-compliance by Member States, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has said in a recent opinion.


We are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first legal regulation determining the languages to be used by the European Economic Community.

On Wednesday 19 September 2018, at 13h00, the European Economic and Social Committee presents an exhibition entitled "The EU speaks your language", on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the first legal act of the EC/EU, Regulation 1/58, with the four languages which are recognized as official languages of the Community (Dutch, French, German and Italian).


El marco de financiación participativa de la UE propuesto por la Comisión Europea contribuirá a crear una Unión de los Mercados de Capitales, fomentará la innovación y apoyará a los empresarios y pymes en toda la UE, afirma el Comité Económico y Social Europeo (CESE) en un dictamen aprobado recientemente que apoya de manera clara las propuestas de la Comisión. El marco reglamentario propuesto —un 29.º régimen, que coexistirá con los veintiocho regímenes nacionales— permitirá, en particular a las pequeñas empresas, jóvenes e innovadoras, buscar financiación en todos los Estados miembros de la UE.