Press releases

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    At a high-level conference, the EESC, the EU’s home of organised civil society, sounded the alarm: the shortage of decent and affordable housing is a matter of increasing concern, especially for vulnerable groups and young people, and the European Union must pull together the resources to fight it.

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    The pivotal role of civil society in driving forward the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) took centre stage during the plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). The discussion made it crystal clear that the UN and EU need to work together to advance the SDGs.

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    In a debate with Commission Vice-President and Commissioner for Democracy and Demography Dubravka Šuica, the EESC called for a strategy on civil dialogue as a first step towards strengthening the role of civil society and increasing citizen participation in EU policy-making

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    Today, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) officially launched its initiative to welcome civil society representatives from EU candidate countries. A total of 131 'Enlargement Candidate Members' (ECM) were selected to make up  the pool of civil society experts who will be participating in the Committee's work, thus making the EESC the first institution to open its doors to EU candidate countries. The initiative, a political priority of EESC President Oliver Röpke, sets new standards for involving candidate countries in EU activities, facilitating their progressive and tangible integration into the EU.

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    Lors de sa session plénière de février, le Comité économique et social européen (CESE) a pointé du doigt les facteurs clés d’une plus grande résilience de l’Union européenne et de sa relance économique au sortir des crises récentes, que sont une croissance durable, une convergence sociale, un environnement favorable aux entreprises et une amélioration des conditions de travail.

  • Le Comité économique et social européen (CESE) décerne cette année son emblématique prix de la société civile à des projets sans but lucratif qui favorisent le bien-être mental des Européens.

  • More flexible and even tailored pathways to upskilling and lifelong learning can be one way of reaching people with low skills levels, from poorer backgrounds or at risk of social exclusion. Attention still needs to be paid to gender imbalances in labour markets.

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    At the current rate, one third of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets will not be achieved by the EU by 2030. This was the main takeaway of the 5th edition of the Europe Sustainable Development Report (ESDR), launched on 25 January during an event co-organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) NAT Section and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

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    Lors de sa session plénière de janvier, le Comité économique et social européen (CESE) a organisé un débat sur la planification des infrastructures énergétiques, soulignant que les réseaux transnationaux d’électricité et de gaz sont essentiels pour une bonne connexion de l’Union et qu’il faut les renforcer grâce à des investissements ciblés.

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    Competitiveness, SMEs and social inclusion are at the heart of the Belgian Presidency programme. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) makes policy recommendations on the relationship between economic governance, long-term inclusive growth and sustainable security, and the power of the social economy in combating poverty and social exclusion.