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Isabel Caño Aguilar (España), miembro del Grupo de Trabajadores, será una de las dos vicepresidentas del Comité Económico y Social Europeo (CESE), por un periodo de dos años y medio entre 2018 y 2020, y será responsable de la comunicación. Desempeñará uno de los cargos principales del CESE, junto con el nuevo presidente, Luca Jahier (Italia), antiguo presidente del Grupo de Actividades Diversas, y la vicepresidenta Milena Angelova (Bulgaria), miembro del Grupo de Empresarios, que será la responsable de asuntos presupuestarios.

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Italy’s Luca Jahier has been elected as the 32nd president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the EU body representing organised civil society, which he will head for the next two and a half years. The two new vice-presidents will be Milena Angelova (Bulgaria) for budget and Isabel Caño Aguilar (Spain) for communication. Read the inaugural speech.


Successful European citizen initiatives must trigger dialogue and proper follow-up at EU level

Six years after the introduction of the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) with barely any impact on EU legislation, the constructive criticism, particularly from the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and other institutions such as the European Parliament and the European Ombudsman, is finally beginning to bear fruit, tempting the European Commission to review this important instrument of participative democracy.

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Disability discrimination in Europe averages 15%, but in Portugal this figure increases to 65%.  Surprisingly, the Portuguese Government has no national strategy for persons with disabilities.  Data analysis and research from the Observatório da Deficiency e Direitos Humanos (Disability and Human Rights Observatory) based at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, reveals some worrying concerns.

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 How best to ensure online consumer protection: this was the focus of the 20th European Consumer Day, a joint event of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Bulgarian Economic and Social Council held in Sofia on 20 March. The conference "The digital economy: what deal for consumers" was an opportunity for experts and policy-makers to discuss the new challenges to consumer protection posed by digitalisation from both a European and a national perspective.

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EESC holds the second of its 'going-local' meetings on the live-in care industry in the EU, revealing dire conditions of care workers employed in German households

Despite the rise in the number of foreign care workers living in German homes, the live-in care sector in the country is highly fragmented and unregulated, with underpaid carers who are denied basic working rights or social protection, and with care recipients who have no guarantees of the quality of the care they receive, a meeting held by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) revealed.

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La juventud europea afirma que disfrutar de más oportunidades para aprender idiomas viajando, tener lugares de interés cultural europeos más accesibles y preservar nuestra cultura a través de la cocina y la artesanía nacionales puede inspirar a los jóvenes europeos a descubrir culturas diferentes y adquirir una mejor comprensión de nuestro patrimonio cultural común. Estas recomendaciones a los responsables políticos de la UE fueron formuladas por los 99 estudiantes de toda Europa que participaron en el acto juvenil anual «Tu Europa, tu voz» (YEYS) 2018.

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EESC rapporteur on Artificial Intelligence (AI) Catelijne Muller says the strategy, as outlined by Commissioner Ansip to the EESC's plenary on March 15, fully meets the Committee's call for the European Union to take global pole position in determining the framework for the responsible development and deployment of AI.