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    The Recovery and Resilience Facility has increased the capacity for social investment in the EU. However, National Recovery and Resilience Plans, funded by the facility, are still plagued by shortcomings such as uneven investing in social programmes in different Member States, insufficient consultation with social partners and a gender dimension that is too weak

  • An interview with Nicoletta MERLO, one of the youngest members of the EESC. She is National Head of Youth Policies for CISL, one of the largest Italian trade union confederations. Nicoletta is a member of the bureau of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) Youth Committee and has recently been appointed as a member of the NAT Bureau of the EESC.

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    Young people should receive the same pay and social security benefits as other workers, including the same minimum wages, which is still not the case in all Member States

    • The EESC emphasises the importance of engaging young people in decision-making processes related to sustainability and the environment;
    • suggests that youth organisations should have a leading role in this process;
    • calls for the introduction of sustainability and environmental protection education from an early age.


    • The EESC calls for constant attention paid during implementation to the most marginalised young people, including young people with disabilities;
    • Believes that the expertise and experience of youth organisations in the EU, and around the world, is a great resource in the delivery of the plan;
    • Recommends that target countries should be encouraged and given the tools to have their own tangible dedicated youth policies and national youth councils or equivalents;
    • Suggests that activities focusing on education should be centred on equality, particularly protecting young girls.


  • Debate on 'Young people and the labour market in the context of the 2022 European Year of Youth and the 2023 European Year of Skills'

    EESC plenary, Thursday 15 December 2022, 11:30 a.m.

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    At its December plenary, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) discussed the issues affecting young people in the labour market in the context of the 2022 European Year of Youth and the 2023 European Year of Skills. The Committee advocates for a long-term strategy for youth engagement and recommends that the concept of European Years go beyond mere promotional activities and contribute towards clear plans. The needs of refugees and our Ukrainian neighbours must also be a priority of the European Year of Skills.

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    La Fundación Secretariado Gitano ha sido galardonada con el primer premio por su proyecto sobre juventud, mientras que la iniciativa de la ONG rumana SUS INIMA fue el proyecto más votado de los que prestan apoyo a la población ucraniana, que sufre la brutal invasión rusa de su país. Entre los ganadores también se encuentra la Fundación Villavecchia, que se ha hecho con el segundo premio por su proyecto de ayuda a niños ucranianos enfermos de cáncer.

  • On 15 December, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will award its 2022 Civil Society Prize to six organisations, from Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and Spain.

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    Las fundaciones Secretariado Gitano y Villavecchia, dos organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro españolas, han sido preseleccionadas para el Premio Sociedad Civil 2022 del CESE, que este año se otorga en dos categorías: el empoderamiento de la juventud y la ayuda a las víctimas de la guerra de Ucrania. La Fundación Secretariado Gitano ha sido seleccionada como finalista para la categoría sobre juventud junto con otros dos proyectos: uno de Italia y otro de Portugal. Por su parte, la Fundación Villavecchia compite por el premio de la categoría relativa a Ucrania junto con otros dos proyectos: uno de Polonia y otro de Rumanía.