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The global urban agenda was adopted in the course of the UN Habitat III meeting in Quito where Mr Joost van IERSEL, ECO president, Mr Roman HAKEN, ECO Vice-President, and Mr Stefano PALMIERI, EESC Member, were part of the official EU delegation.


In connection with the Appeal of 9 May, which was signed by numerous key figures from different political backgrounds and social leanings, including the EESC president, a conference was held in Paris on 15 October on the theme: Reinventing Europe: roadmap for a new European renaissance. The closing speech was given by the French president, François Hollande, while other participants included Michel Barnier, Maria João Rodriguez, Daniel Cohn Bendit, Luca Visentini, Sylvie Goulard and Jo Leinen.


The President of the European Economic and Social Committee, George Dassis met on 17 October 2016 with a delegation of the "Turkey Democracy Platform" comprising prominent jurists, entrepreneurs, academics, journalists and other civil society representatives who are currently visiting Brussels with a view to exchange views with European Union leaders on the socio-political and economic conjuncture in Turkey at the aftermath of the failed coup attempt.  


Today, 54% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66% by 2050, according to the United Nations. In Europe, cities provide up to 85% of the region’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Taking these two factors into account, the Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion (ECO Section) of the European Economic and Social Committee organised - within the European Week of Regions and Cities - a workshop on Cities as poles of up-to-date economic development, with three examples of "model to follow" cities: Lisbon, Bristol, and Lodz, where competitiveness, innovation and creativity co-exist on a large scale ...


On 12 October, Georges Dassis, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), was for the first time in Portugal in this quality, to attend the 25th anniversary of the Portuguese Economic and Social Council (CES), in Lisbon. The event started with an opening speech by the President of the Portuguese CES, Luís Filipe Pereira, and had the special participation of President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. To celebrate the creation ...


"If we are unable to deliver social and economic upward convergence, the future of Europe is at risk” said the President of the EESC’s Workers’ Group, Gabriele Bischoff, opening a two-day meeting in Bratislava on 12-13 October on the theme "A Europe that works for workers - fair mobility and strong labour rights”. The Workers’ Group of the European Economic and Social Committee held the important debate in Slovakia, which currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the EU. Prime Minister Robert Fico spoke ...


The COPA (Committee of Professional Agricultural Organisations) Women's Committee has launched its 4th European Innovation Award for women farmers. This year's title is Women farmers as drivers of innovation and green growth in the European Union.

Five winners, coming from Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden were selected. In rewarding them, the EESC also wishes to acknowledge the contribution made by so many other committed women in rural areas.