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At its May plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an opinion on a new urban mobility framework. The main takeaway was that in light of increasingly ambitious environmental, health and societal objectives, the EU should change approach: from ensuring seamless traffic flows to moving people and goods in a more sustainable and inclusive way.


The EU's Global Gateway initiative is the right step forward in improving connectivity with non-EU partners and like-minded developing countries. In its relevant opinion, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) underlines that civil society representatives must be included on the board that will be set up to coordinate Global Gateway investments. It also stresses that the eligibility of Global Gateway projects must be linked to the EU's values and principles.


Cohesion policy is key to overcoming the COVID-19 crisis, to achieving climate neutrality by 2050 and to reducing disparities in Europe. Its most serious challenge for the foreseeable future, however, is the war in Ukraine, the EESC cautions in a recent opinion. Rapid action is needed to help refugees and ensure the country's European integration.


In an opinion proposed by the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) and adopted at May's plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) recommends that the European Commission and national governments, in consultation with all stakeholders inside the packaging industry, take the necessary steps throughout each product's life cycle to increase the industry's sustainability.


2020 m. rugpjūčio mėn. Aliaksandro Lukašenkos autoritarinis režimas Baltarusijoje pradėjo masinį puolimą prieš pilietinę visuomenę, nepriklausomus žurnalistus, tinklaraštininkus ir rašytojus. Europos ekonomikos ir socialinių reikalų komitetas (EESRK) paskelbė informacinį pranešimą apie politinę ir žiniasklaidos padėtį Baltarusijoje, pateikdamas rekomendacijas, kaip padėti šios šalies žiniasklaidos įmonėms ir žurnalistams, kurie buvo priversti bėgti iš šalies, ir ypač tiems, kurie liko Baltarusijoje, kovoti su režimu.


The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) strongly supports the European Commission in its initiative to extend the list of EU crimes to all forms of hate crime and hate speech in an opinion adopted in its May plenary, and encourages the Council take on this important proposal.