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  • Drastically improving the energy efficiency of Europe's buildings, increasing the use of renewables and educating consumers on energy savings are among the main prerequisites for reducing the number of energy poor in the EU in the long term.

  • EESC plenary debate with Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

  • Poverty and the role of civil society organisations in combatting it will be the focus of his Presidency

    With the start of the 2020-2025 term of office of the EESC, Séamus Boland takes over the Presidency of the its Diversity Europe Group. Members confirmed his new role for the next two and a half years during the first group meeting of the new term held today, 27 October. Mr Boland's Presidency will focus on the topic of "Poverty and the role of civil society organisations in combatting it".

  • Statement of the President of the Employers' Group

    On 20 February 2019 the EESC adopted an opinion calling for an EU framework directive on minimum income. The Employers' Group fully shares the view of the EESC that fighting against poverty is a necessity. However, for us the instrument proposed in the opinion is not the correct one. For this reason, the Group tabled a counter-opinion, presenting its views on measures needed to reduce poverty. The counter opinion was supported by almost 40% of the EESC Members.

  • The Diversity Europe Group recently organised a structured brainstorming session aiming at encouraging its Members to think out of the box and to come up with ideas to feed into proposals for the Sibiu Summit on the Future of Europe. This session kick-started our Group's contribution to the EESC Roadmap 'From Cracow to Sibiu and beyond'. 



  • EESC discusses digitalisation and inequalities at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, held in Bonn from 11 to 13 June

  • Reference number

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has used an own-initiative opinion to call for sufficient funding resources to be put in place for implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights. Adopted at its plenary session on 19 April 2018, the opinion calls for improvements in the Member States and a robust commitment in terms of budget, investment and current spending to make the Social Pillar a reality.

  • Lessons learned

    Il CESE presenta le misure tese a evitare il rigore delle politiche di austerità in futuro e ad attenuare gli effetti negativi derivanti dalla gestione dell'ultima crisi.

    La gestione delle crisi future dovrebbe puntare a raggiungere un equilibrio migliore tra gli obiettivi di bilancio e quelli sociali, per evitare gli effetti negativi sulla capacità economica, sui mercati del lavoro e sui sistemi di protezione sociale dei paesi colpiti. Nelle crisi future, al posto di politiche di austerità restrittive, le istituzioni dell'UE dovrebbero invece attuare politiche che perseguano la cooperazione economica, la crescita e la solidarietà.