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Last chance to compete for the EESC Civil Society Prize 2018 on identities, European values and cultural heritage in Europe! Applications closing soon

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is inviting organisations and individuals who work for a better Europe to put themselves forward for the Civil Society Prize, which this year is promoting initiatives to do with European values, identities and cultural heritage. The deadline is 7 September 2018.

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The European economy loses over 2% of productivity per year due to a mismatch of skills, according to a recent study commissioned by the European Economic and Social Committee. This means a loss of 80 eurocents for each hour of work. The situation will get even worse in the future due to demographic trends and ongoing technological developments, if no reforms are undertaken.


La transizione energetica offre alle città e alle regioni enormi possibilità di mettere a punto politiche nuove, innovative ed efficaci a livello regionale. Intervenendo alla sessione plenaria di luglio del Comitato economico e sociale europeo (CESE), Maroš Šefčovič, vicepresidente della Commissione europea e commissario per l'Unione dell'energia, ha sottolineato l'importanza di legare le iniziative dell'UE nel campo dell'energia alla politica e allo sviluppo regionali e di rafforzare la cooperazione tra gli organi dell'UE e la società civile.


The first Stakeholder Summit on Artificial Intelligence, organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the European Commission, stressed that the EU must ensure that artificial intelligence is safe, unbiased and in line with European values. The event, which aimed to discuss the next steps to advance the EU strategy on artificial intelligence, took place on 18 June in Brussels.

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Citizenship, Democracy and Culture in a digitalised Europe was the motto of the 2018 Civil Society Days, organised by the Liaison Group at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on 24 and 25 May in Brussels. In six workshops, participants discussed living together in a digital Europe in the future and concluded with the adoption of seven key recommendations.

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Top EU leaders debating future of Europe agree civic space is and must remain key to European democracy

In his speech on the occasion of the European Economic and Social Committee's 60th anniversary on 24 May, EESC President Luca Jahier articulated the Committee's resolve not to rest on its laurels and charted a course for the EESC's future action based on seven priorities.