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Every year, almost two hundred thousand European workers die as a result of workplace diseases, illnesses and accidents. On 28 April, Workers' Memorial Day, we commemorate workers that were injured or lost their lives due to unsafe working conditions. A healthy and safe work environment is not only indispensable for workers, but also contributes considerably to labour productivity and promotes economic growth.

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Candidatos de los principales partidos a las elecciones al Parlamento Europeo (PE) participaron el pasado 10 de mayo en una mesa redonda organizada en Madrid por el Comité Económico y Social Europeo (CESE) en la    que se mostraron partidarios de acometer una reforma de las instituciones de la UE que permita, entre otras cosas, incrementar el papel de la sociedad civil organizada en la construcción europea.

Extraordinary meeting of the Workers' Group

The Workers' Group is organising an extraordinary meeting in Romania in the framework of the Romanian EU Presidency.

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Workers' Group side event at the ETUC Congress - 22 May, 13.00

The European Parliament has been one of the key European institutions for trade unions to make our voices heard. However, the predictions of the next election results give cause for concern. One thing is clear - the landscape of the next European Parliament will change and the two traditional parties may no longer have a majority. What does this mean for trade unions and how will we navigate this new landscape?


El próximo 26 de mayo se celebran las elecciones al Parlamento Europeo. Unos comicios que son trascendentales. Se celebran en un momento en el que el aumento del populismo en sus diferentes formas se suma a los desafíos internos y externos que siguen planeando sobre el proyecto europeo, sometiéndole a una mayor presión. En este sentido, la ciudadanía europea tendrá la ocasión de expresarse sobre qué tipo de futuro colectivo debe avanzar la Unión Europea, como espacio común para dar respuesta a los distintos retos, necesidades y anhelos.


Together with the other EU institutions in Brussels, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)  opened its doors on Saturday 4 May in celebration of Europe Day. This year the Open Day was about choosing your future: the European elections on 23-26 May are your chance to have a say on who makes big decisions that affect your daily life. Pledge to vote and take responsibility for the future at!


On 21 February 2019, the EESC is organising an event entitled Civil Society for rEUnaissance, in the Charlemagne building in the morning and at Committee headquarters (JDE building) in the afternoon.

The purpose of this event is two-fold (1) to draw attention to Articles 2 and 3 of the Treaty on the European Union, with the support of a number of civil society organisations, and (2) to mobilise civil society at all levels in the run-up to the European elections.


In view of the upcoming EU elections of 23-26 May, the EESC Study Group on Disability Rights is organising a public hearing on "Participation of Persons with disabilities in European elections ".
Are persons with disabilities really on equal terms with the rest of the population when talking about their right  to vote?
What has been done so far and which are further steps to be taken? 

Join us to our hearing and discuss it with us!

The role of civil society in protecting, promoting and reinforcing our heritage of values in view of the upcoming European elections

At its 12th Civil Society Media Seminar, the European Economic and Social Committee looked at European values as part of Europe's heritage. On the eve of the European elections, panellists discussed the challenges and burning issues in contemporary Europe, such as multiculturalism, declining solidarity, growing nationalism and illiberalism and what civil society can do to protect a Europe which upholds its heritage of values - respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law.

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