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On 17 October the EESC'S External Relations Section (REX) held a debate on the impact of the climate crisis on gender equality. Gender inequality linked to the climate crisis is one of today's greatest challenges. The European Union and United Nations Women, the biggest players in international community, should continue to work together on this issue.


In an opinion adopted at its September plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) took a closer look at the European Integrated Border Management Strategy (EIBM), emphasising the need for a shared strategy, improved coordination, and fundamental rights protection in European border management.


The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) calls for more joint actions on EU Maritime Security Strategy and its Action Plan which aim at preserving EU sovereignty, security and competitiveness. The Committee supports the EU-NATO cooperation on maritime security and signals the importance of firm engagement with international partners to collectively tackle people smuggling and human trafficking.


The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has presented a set of crucial recommendations in response to the Commission's proposed legislative package reforming the European Union's economic governance framework. While the EESC appreciates the intention of simplifying the framework, it advocates for critical adjustments to the proposal. These recommendations come at a pivotal moment, underlining the need for a balanced, adaptable, and sustainable approach to economic governance within the EU. 


The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has adopted in plenary an evaluation report on the implementation of the EU's Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), a critical temporary instrument – introduced in February 2021 – of EUR 723.8 billion in loans and grants available to support reforms and investments undertaken by the Members States to emerge stronger and more resilient from the COVID-19 pandemic.


The EESC will  participate in the official ceremony  attended by Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski, on Monday  25 September 2023, at 9.00 am CET.  Follow the ceremony online here. The EU organic awards are jointly organised by the European Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), COPA-COGECA and IFOAM Organics Europe.

EESC rapporteurs María del Carmen Barrera Chamorro and David Sventek

At the request of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) offers an insightful perspective on the future of cohesion policy. Against the backdrop of evolving challenges such as the pandemic, climate change and digital transformation, the Committee's exploratory opinion highlights key recommendations to shape a "cohesion policy 2.0" that is more adaptable, socially focused and responsive to the needs of European citizens and regions.