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Civil society should be fully involved and engaged in setting up an EU sustainable development strategy and must be empowered to play an active role in the monitoring and implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda at all policy levels. These were the main recommendations of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) to the annual UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development held in New York on 16-18 July 2018, with the participation of EESC members Peter Schmidt, Brenda King and Lutz Ribbe.


The Civil Society JCC also focused on the situation of media and civil society

Members of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and representatives of Montenegro's civil society held the Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) for the 11th time in Podgorica, on 17 July. The JCC discussed the state of play and the work ahead in Montenegro's EU accession negotiations and adopted a joint declaration.


EESC: The EU must fight against and outlaw all gender - and disability-based discrimination affecting some 40 million women in Europe

On 11 July, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), a body representing European organised civil society, called on EU institutions and Member States to step up their efforts to protect women and girls with disabilities, who continue to face multiple forms of discrimination in EU society on the grounds of both their gender and disability, often resulting in their social exclusion.



The transition to decentralised, renewable and digitalised forms of energy supply would not only have positive effects on the environment, it would also economically benefit the regions of the European Union. In its own-initiative opinion drafted by Lutz Ribbe, the EESC points out that there are at least four reasons why smart energy production would provide economic benefits at regional level and asks the European Commission to systematically link the future regional and social cohesion policy to the Energy Union initiative.


Transport plays a key enabling role in realising sustainable development. It contributes to the economy, trade and employment, but, on the other hand, it may face issues relating to the environment, traffic and safety. In its own-initiative opinion drafted by Tellervo Kylä-Harakka-Ruonala, the EESC reviews the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and, by providing a cross-cutting approach where the economic, social and environmental aspects come together, urges the Commission to prepare a new and integrated framework for future EU transport policy.


Young people should have a say in decisions that affect them, an all-female panel of young activists tells policy-makers at the EESC hearing

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a hearing on the Next Youth Strategy on 9 July, with the aim of collecting points of view on the new strategy for Europe's youth recently proposed by the European Commission.