• President Röpke expresses full commitment to the European social dialogue and social investments at an informal EPSCO Council in Madrid

    On 13 and 14 July, President Röpke participated in the first informal meeting of Ministers of Labour and Social Policies of the European Union (EPSCO) under the Spanish Presidency, focusing on "Social dialogue as a tool of democratic legitimacy for a social, green and feminist Europe".

  • President Röpke meets UN Secretary-General António Guterres

    On 17 July, EESC President Oliver Röpke together with the EESC delegation, Peter Schmidt and Antje Gerstein held a meeting with UN Secretary-General António Guterres, in context of the UN High Level Political Forum taking place in New York.

  • The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes the European Commission's strategy on the energy transition of the EU fisheries and aquaculture sector in an opinion requested by the Spanish Presidency and adopted at the July plenary.

  • The EESC adopted an opinion at its July plenary emphasising the need for a comprehensive and coordinated approach to raw materials policies. It proposes expanding critical materials lists, ensuring fair energy prices, simplifying permits, prioritising recycling and promoting capacity building in EU raw materials policies.

  • The blueprint for a net-zero industry lacks vision on how to ensure Europe's industry stays competitive and attracts investment.

  • In an opinion adopted at the July plenary, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) highlighted the heavy impact of high prices on the EU's economy and called on national governments to implement measures to help vulnerable families and essential sectors.

  • Today, the EESC decided to start a pilot project to implement the EU Youth Test in its opinions and to set up a new Youth Group, thus delivering on important priorities of President's Röpke political manifesto

  • HIV prevention, continuum of care and eradicating discrimination remain critical to tackle the ongoing global public health crisis, says EESC


  • The EESC has suggested that products which cannot be repaired should not be marketed in Europe, and that merely requiring producers to inform consumers when a product cannot be fixed is not enough.

  • Despite being recognised as a constitutional principle of the EU, participatory democracy in Europe is still largely unstructured, with no formal institutional agreements that would allow citizens and civil society organisations to directly contribute to the development of EU policies