• Strengthening the fight for Human Rights: EESC President exchanges with UN High Commissioner Volker Türk and CSOs

    On Thursday 20 July 2023, EESC President Oliver Röpke was honoured to invite the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, to the premises of the EESC in order to discuss the state of human rights inside and outside the European Union with representatives from important civil society organisations (CSOs).

  • President Röpke attends the 2023 High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development

    From Monday 17 to Wednesday 19 July, EESC President Oliver Röpke attended the UN High-Level Political Forum, in New York, to discuss sustainable development and the crucial role played by civil society in this process.

  • Rules should set obligations for influencers, but also for video-sharing platforms and social media networks

  • In the wake of recent banking crises in the US and the Credit Suisse case, the EESC has reviewed the Commission's proposal to reform the Bank Crisis Management and Deposit Insurance framework (CMDI). Among other measures, the Committee calls for protecting the interests of smaller and local banks, depositors and taxpayers, and coordinating the CMDI package with the future reform of the State aid Regulation.

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

  • President Röpke expresses full commitment to the European social dialogue and social investments at an informal EPSCO Council in Madrid

    On 13 and 14 July, President Röpke participated in the first informal meeting of Ministers of Labour and Social Policies of the European Union (EPSCO) under the Spanish Presidency, focusing on "Social dialogue as a tool of democratic legitimacy for a social, green and feminist Europe".

  • President Röpke meets UN Secretary-General António Guterres

    On 17 July, EESC President Oliver Röpke together with the EESC delegation, Peter Schmidt and Antje Gerstein held a meeting with UN Secretary-General António Guterres, in context of the UN High Level Political Forum taking place in New York.

  • The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes the European Commission's strategy on the energy transition of the EU fisheries and aquaculture sector in an opinion requested by the Spanish Presidency and adopted at the July plenary.

  • The EESC adopted an opinion at its July plenary emphasising the need for a comprehensive and coordinated approach to raw materials policies. It proposes expanding critical materials lists, ensuring fair energy prices, simplifying permits, prioritising recycling and promoting capacity building in EU raw materials policies.

  • The blueprint for a net-zero industry lacks vision on how to ensure Europe's industry stays competitive and attracts investment.