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The Civil Society JCC also focused on the situation of media and civil society

Members of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and representatives of Montenegro's civil society held the Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) for the 11th time in Podgorica, on 17 July. The JCC discussed the state of play and the work ahead in Montenegro's EU accession negotiations and adopted a joint declaration.


CESE: la UE tiene que combatir y prohibir todas las discriminaciones por razón de género o de discapacidad que afectan en Europa a aproximadamente 40 millones de mujeres con discapacidad

El 11 de julio, el Comité Económico y Social Europeo (CESE), un órgano que representa a la sociedad civil organizada europea, pidió a las instituciones y Estados miembros de la UE que redoblen sus esfuerzos por proteger a las mujeres y niñas con discapacidad, que siguen sujetas a múltiples formas de discriminación en la sociedad europea por razón tanto de género como de discapacidad, lo cual a menudo desemboca en su exclusión social.



The transition to decentralised, renewable and digitalised forms of energy supply would not only have positive effects on the environment, it would also economically benefit the regions of the European Union. In its own-initiative opinion drafted by Lutz Ribbe, the EESC points out that there are at least four reasons why smart energy production would provide economic benefits at regional level and asks the European Commission to systematically link the future regional and social cohesion policy to the Energy Union initiative.


Transport plays a key enabling role in realising sustainable development. It contributes to the economy, trade and employment, but, on the other hand, it may face issues relating to the environment, traffic and safety. In its own-initiative opinion drafted by Tellervo Kylä-Harakka-Ruonala, the EESC reviews the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and, by providing a cross-cutting approach where the economic, social and environmental aspects come together, urges the Commission to prepare a new and integrated framework for future EU transport policy.


Young people should have a say in decisions that affect them, an all-female panel of young activists tells policy-makers at the EESC hearing

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a hearing on the Next Youth Strategy on 9 July, with the aim of collecting points of view on the new strategy for Europe's youth recently proposed by the European Commission.


Today’s early-morning agreement of the European Council on migration is a step forward to build a stronger future of Europe. We have avoided the worse, now it’s time to walk the walk.

Despite a very tense debate on migration, EU leaders put on the same level not only the effective control of EU’s external borders, but also an "increased external action and the internal aspects, in line with our principles and values.”

The line on principles and values is paramount if we want to continue building the European project. Responsibility goes hand in hand with solidarity, otherwise there is no Union.


The EESC hosted a side event at the Conference of State Parties to CRPD in New York

The implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) cannot be successful without fully including persons with disabilities (PWDs) in society and in the economy, by means of decent work in an inclusive labour system.