COVID-19 has been a tsunami for SMEs. The EU's proposed new SME strategy, which predates the crisis, fails to cope with the huge challenges that have since jumped to the fore, says the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in a recently adopted opinion.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) signed on 30 September 2020 a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) where they reassert their common ambition to support ongoing and political reforms in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) claims that the organisation of future energy systems requires responsible political decisions that can indicate the way forwards and whether to prioritise centralised or decentralised elements.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) stresses that an ambitious and coordinated policy response is needed to face the unprecedented crisis brought about by the coronavirus pandemic in one of the most strategically important sectors for the EU.
The European Economic Area Consultative Committee (EEA CC) held on 18 September 2020 its 28th annual meeting to discuss two resolutions linked to the implementation of the Green Deal initiative and the EU’s New Industrial Strategy. The members of the EEA CC, which represents employers, workers, and other civil society players of EEA member states, agreed on the need to extend the Green Deal to the entire EEA to achieve a more sustainable single market.
The Coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc on Europe's tourism sector. In six months' time half of the businesses may be gone unless the EU steps in quickly, says the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in a new opinion.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) highlights the need for an urgent reform of the current European economic governance framework, with a view to increasing people's economic and social well-being and ensuring that no one is left behind.
Young people have the right to have a say on matters that concern them. The climate emergency the world is facing today has mobilised millions of young people around the world, many of whom are profoundly affected by the threat it poses for their future. At the same time, it is the young people who have repeatedly demonstrated their energy, creativity and motivation to challenge current unsustainable models and push the decision-makers to adopt ambitious policies. Despite that, a wide gap remains between listening to young people, and actually acting upon their calls and demands.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) highlights the need for the social, economic and environmental impact of the coronavirus crisis to be duly taken into account in future EU territorial policies. Cohesion policy can be the driver of Europe's recovery.
Highlights of the European Economic and Social Committee's September plenary: 17 September, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm As the current term of office comes to an end this September, EESC President Luca Jahier and Vice-Presidents Isabel Caño Aguilar and Milena Angelova discuss with members the milestones and achievements of their time in office. With the participation of European Parliament Vice-President Klara Dobrev and writer and journalist Giuliano da Empoli, founding chairman of Volta think tank. Videomessages from top EU leaders.