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    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is giving its flagship Civil Society Prize to non-profit projects supporting the mental well-being of Europeans

  • Young people's mental health is being increasingly compromised by the excessive use of social media, concerns about climate change and a sense of powerlessness. This is a "political" issue for the EU because it can often be linked to the labour market and housing situation facing young people

  • With the mental health of Europeans deteriorating, the EESC is urging policy-makers at EU and national levels to make it a top priority

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    Las organizaciones de la sociedad civil, los particulares y las entidades de Derecho privado pueden ya proponer sus proyectos sin ánimo de lucro para optar al premio del CESE, dedicado a apoyar el bienestar mental de los europeos

  • HIV prevention, continuum of care and eradicating discrimination remain critical to tackle the ongoing global public health crisis, says EESC


  • Healthcare must be people-centred and valued as a social investment, not a 'cost', concluded a conference organised by the Civil Society Organisations' Group of the EESC at the House of Europe in Stockholm on 25 May 2023. For this to happen it is necessary to change mindsets socially, economically and politically. Building on cooperation during the COVID-19 pandemic, EU Member States need to join forces to build resilient and sustainable health and care systems that leave no one behind and value the work of care workers, civil society organisations and volunteers.

  • Inaugural speech at the conference 'Health, Care and Prosperity after Covid-19: Swedish and European Perspectives', Stockholm, 25 May 2023

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    Con ocasión del Día Mundial de la Seguridad y la Salud en el Trabajo de 2023, el Comité Económico y Social Europeo pide a la Comisión Europea que adopte normas vinculantes para prevenir los riesgos psicosociales en el lugar de trabajo. Cada vez son más los indicios que apuntan a que el trabajo precario está afectando significativamente a la salud mental de los trabajadores. La petición se formuló en el pleno de ayer del CESE, que dirigió por primera vez el recién elegido presidente, Oliver Röpke.

  • the EESC proposes:


    • The EESC proposed to make sure that the relevant European and national legislation is fully implemented and enforced so as to reduce precarious work and the prevalence of the associated mental health problems;
    • to adopt specific legislation on preventing psychosocial risks at EU level;
    • to combat identified work-related psychosocial risks at the source.


  • Persistent health inequalities are a huge factor behind the twofold higher mortality rate of people with disabilities, who on average die 10 to 20 years earlier than people without a disability. At the top of the list of barriers creating such inequalities are exorbitant treatment costs, inaccessible transport and health facilities, and stigma – but also a healthcare workforce that lacks proper training on disability issues.