Press releases

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    Los días 23 y 24 de marzo el Comité Económico y Social Europeo (CESE) acogió la 14.ª edición del acto «¡Tu Europa, tu voz!», que congregó en Bruselas a ciento cinco estudiantes de treinta y cinco escuelas de los veintisiete Estados miembros de la UE y de los siete países candidatos a la adhesión. Habida cuenta de los numerosos retos sociales y económicos, de la reducción del espacio cívico y de las amenazas contra la paz y los derechos fundamentales, la conferencia de este año se centró en el tema de los «Diálogos con la juventud sobre la democracia», cuyo objetivo era garantizar que se escuche la voz de la juventud al forjar el futuro de Europa. En junio de 2023 se presentarán a las instituciones europeas y a los responsables políticos de alto nivel de la UE las recomendaciones de los estudiantes.

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    On 23 March, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a plenary debate and adopted a resolution entitled "United for Democracy" with concrete proposals to strengthen democracies and democratic values across the European Union. Policymakers, experts, and organised civil society representatives agreed that civic education, better funding to social partners and a focus on the local dimension, are key to democracy in Europe.

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    At its March plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hosted Ambassador Lachezara Stoeva, president of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Ambassador Stoeva strongly supported the key role civil society must play in implementing the 2030 Agenda.

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    At its plenary session in March, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a debate with Italy's Minister of Labour and Social Policies, Marina Elvira Calderone, on making EU labour markets stronger and more inclusive. The EESC reiterated its support for the European Commission's proposal to strengthen national equality bodies, which are entrusted with promoting equality for all and combating discrimination in employment.

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    En el pleno de marzo del Comité Económico y Social Europeo, la presidenta del CESE, Christa Schweng, y la comisaria europea de Energía, Kadri Simson, reiteraron el firme compromiso de la UE con un futuro de energía limpia de Europa.

  • As part of the European Year of Skills, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a conference on "Skills and talents as key drivers for personal fulfilment, economic growth and competitiveness" on 10 March to assess the needs and issue recommendations regarding skills development in the EU.

  • On International Women's Day 2023, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a debate on dismantling gender stereotypes in education, which are still stopping girls and young women from making their own study and career choices and achieving their full professional potential.

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    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)'s Civil Society Days kicked off today with two sessions discussing how best to protect civic space in the EU against forces eating away at it,  be it national governments or foreign powers.

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    As water scarcity and pollution continue to pose global challenges, the current EU policy framework seems insufficient. To address this, top-level water experts gathered on 27 February at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) to identify possible solutions. The hearing marks the beginning of the EESC's work on water. The Committee is preparing a set of own-initiative opinions examining the economic, social, environmental, and geopolitical aspects of water and, in the autumn, will share civil society's recommendations for the future of water in the EU.

  • Just one day before the anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted a resolution calling for Ukraine's swift accession to the EU in full respect of enlargement principles. The EESC supports establishing a special international tribunal on crimes of aggression against Ukraine, and points out that support to civil society must continue for "as long as it takes".