The member states of the European Union must strengthen stakeholder involvement in their efforts to reform national economies. Together with a new long-term EU strategy for sustainable development, improved stakeholder involvement could help create a more efficient and inclusive European semester that enjoys the support of society and is prepared to tackle the challenges facing the EU.
At a time of growing social and economic disparities between the regions of the European Union and when Euroscepticism is on the rise, all relevant stakeholders must advocate for an ambitious and future-proof cohesion policy post-2020. The goal must be sustainable and inclusive economic and social growth, competitiveness and employment across the EU.
Food plays a central role in people's lives and diets must be tackled from a nutritional and health point of view as well as from an environmental, economic, social and cultural angle. To facilitate such a comprehensive approach, the EESC calls for the introduction of new Sustainable Dietary Guidelines in its own-initiative opinion on "Promoting healthy and sustainable diets in the EU".
The EESC draws mixed conclusions from the European Commission's growth survey
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held the Civil Society for rEUnaissance event on 21 February 2019 to discuss the key role that organised civil society must play for the future of Europe - just over 90 days from the European elections. The event brought together the highest representatives of the European institutions and civil society organisations from across the entire EU, among them 16‑year‑old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Committee of the Regions President Karl-Heinz Lambertz.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) throws its support behind the Commission's temporary regulation to secure basic air connectivity in case of a "no-deal" scenario.
Road haulage transport would be seriously affected if the UK left the EU without a withdrawal agreement. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) backs the Commission's temporary measures on road freight transport services between the UK and the EU in the event of a "no‑deal" Brexit, pointing out that a transitional period with reciprocity of haulage rights should be put in place.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) addresses specific problems in the field of aviation safety which could arise in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit and endorses the Commission's proposal to temporarily extend the application of EU legislation.
Citizens' needs and concerns were the focus of the debate on the digital revolution at the February plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which reaffirmed that the "human in command" principle should always be endorsed.
The role of people in the energy transition was at the heart of the agenda of the February meeting of the Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN) of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), where energy experts showcased their experience of working for citizens.