Press releases

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    The January plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hosted a debate on energy infrastructure planning, pointing out that transnational electricity and gas grids are essential in connecting the Union and must be strengthened through targeted investment.

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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.

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    Europe is falling behind on competitiveness and needs to address the shortcomings of its single market urgently but in a way that benefits both business and Europeans

  • The European Economic and Social Committee has today launched a call for expression of interest to become "enlargement candidate members (ECM)" and contribute to the advisory work of the Committee in 2024. The civil society organisations from EU candidate countries, who fulfil the eligibility criteria, can submit their applications here until 25 January.

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    On 12 December 2023, the Bureau of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) decided to appoint Isabelle Le Galo Flores as its new Secretary-General.

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    The EESC is a success story, but the European Union needs to make an even stronger effort to uphold its social contract, solidarity, a fair economy and inclusiveness. This is the key to preserving its European values.

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    At its December plenary, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) took stock of the work carried out by the Spanish EU Presidency in the second semester of 2023 and addressed future challenges for Europe.

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    The results of the COP28 climate conference have disappointed civil society organisations. Nonetheless, they can be a springboard for further European action in the global COP forum.

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    In the run-up to the EU-Western Balkans Summit, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) met with Montenegrin civil society on 7 December 2023 to take stock of the country's accession progress, and in particular its public administration reform. The participants raised concerns about the weakening capacity of the country's public administration to respond to the growing demands of the EU agenda. However, with the new government, there is a window of opportunity for the necessary reforms to move forward in the accession negotiations.

  • Transparency International EU and Generation Climate Europe have now joined the EESC's network of European civil society organisations working to shape EU laws