Press releases

  • EU organic awards
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    Today, as a true pan-European collaborative venture, the European Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), COPA-COGECA and IFOAM Organics Europe are together launching the first ever EU organic awards. These awards will recognise excellence along the organic value chain, rewarding the best and most innovative actors in organic production in the EU. Applications will be open from 25 March until 8 June 2022.

  • The long-awaited ruling of the top European Court, issued today, confirms the legitimacy of protecting the Union budget from negative effects resulting from breaches of the principles of the rule of law.

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    With discrimination and hate crime against Jews on the rise in Europe, the EESC is throwing its support behind the first-ever European strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life as an indispensable ingredient of European culture and a prerequisite for the preservation of EU common values

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    The key role of raw materials was discussed at some length at the high-level conference hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on Monday 31 January.

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    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has welcomed the designation of 2022 as the European Year of Youth, but feels that it should go beyond mere promotional activities: it should contribute towards the EU's Youth Strategy through clear plans and commitments aimed at achieving concrete results for all young Europeans.

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    At its January plenary, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) threw its support behind the agenda of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union focusing on the following watchwords: resilient, strong, sustainable and inclusive Europe.

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    After a two-year hiatus, the EU-China Civil Society Round Table held its annual meeting in hybrid format on 14 December. The Round Table allowed participants to hold an open exchange on post-COVID economic recovery and possible EU-China cooperation without omitting difficult questions.

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    The December plenary of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hosted a debate with Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight. The discussions, focusing on the EU's priorities for recovery and the European Commission's 2022 Work Programme, highlighted the desire to continue the excellent cooperation between the two institutions.

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    The EU is transitioning from a model driven by growth to one predicated on sustainability, where the real level of well-being and development of our society is taken into account.

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    On 9 December the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) awarded prizes to five non-profit organisations and associations whose creative and inspiring climate projects promote a just and green transition towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy.