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Now we have a golden opportunity to align the EU's next disability strategy with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

On 21 October, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a public hearing to gather input from grassroots organisations for its opinion on the EU's next ten-year strategy for disability rights and to draw the lessons from the agenda due to expire in 2020.


The ninth meeting of the EU-Serbia Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), that took place in Belgrade on 10-11 October, gathered members of the European Economic and Social Committee and representatives of Serbian civil society organisations (CSOs). The general agreement was that, despite the progress made in some areas, Serbia has still a long way to go to meet interim benchmarks in the field of rule of law and Copenhagen political criteria for its accession to the EU.


Le 13ème Séminaire des attachés de presse de la société civile, qui s'est tenu les 10 et 11 octobre à Malaga, a couvert le thème « L'UE est (pour) vous - Le rôle de la société civile dans la communication sur l'Union européenne ». Il a été organisé par le Comité économique et social européen en partenariat avec l'Université de Malaga.

Les participants au séminaire se sont plongés dans les débats pendant un jour et demi dans l’enceinte de l’Université, au cœur même de la ville de Malaga. 


On 26 September, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) approved an own-initiative opinion to mark the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership (EaP). In this opinion, the EESC acknowledges the important achievements of this initiative, but also calls for further reforms in the areas of democratisation and fundamental freedoms. The opinion insists on the need to strengthen the role of civil society and to provide credible EU membership prospects to EaP states.


Il Comitato economico e sociale europeo (CESE) si rammarica che non tutti gli Stati membri dell'Unione europea abbiano approvato il patto globale dell'ONU sulla migrazione, poiché, a suo avviso, l'approvazione avrebbe rappresentato un'ottima occasione per compiere dei passi avanti nel far parlare i paesi UE con una voce sola sul tema della migrazione sulla scena mondiale.