This brochure looks back on some of the success stories of the EESC from 2020. It illustrates our ongoing efforts to fulfil the mission we were given more than 60 years ago.
This study sheds light on the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) uptake for Europe’s MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises), with specific attention to the most vulnerable groups such as micro-enterprises, family companies, enterprises in remote areas and mono-entrepreneurs.
The EESC and the Western Balkans: a two-level approach
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has developed a dual approach, regional and bilateral, for its relations with civil society organizations (CSOs) of the Western Balkans.
Bringing the European project back to citizens
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) kick-off event ‘Bringing the European project back to citizens’ was held in the context of the launch of the Conference on the Future of Europe. This launch event marked the beginning of EESC action to ensure that its members and those they represent can participate fully in the first direct Europe-wide consultation of citizens on EU-policy-making.
Following the publication of the European Commission's Update to the New Industrial Strategy, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has been carrying out a series of activities to fulfil its role of representing the views of organised civil society. A first event in this process has been a conference held on 17 June 2021, from 2.30 to 6 p.m., on Updated industrial strategy: towards a more resilient and strategically autonomous EU industry?
In the second half of 2021, Slovenia will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU. One of the Slovenian presidency’s key priorities focuses on the EU’s preparedness for and resilience to crises – particularly in the areas of pandemics and health, but also of cybersecurity. The EESC is looking forward to working closely with the Slovenian Presidency, especially since our priorities are closely aligned: the EESC is also focusing on recovery, on fair, green and digital transitions, and on defending the rule of law.
Stepping stones to a level playing field in Europe
The Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA) are the EU answer to updating rules for digital services. Both legislative proposals aim at fostering Europe's key political objective of digital sovereignty through unleashing the potential of our Digital Single Market and ensuring safe, fair, open and accountable digital services according to the European values.
The EESC – a powerful voice for civil society in challenging times
This publication brings you concrete examples of the recent work and achievements of the EESC that have made a difference, and have had an impact on shaping Europe.
Position paper – May 2021
The European Commission has published a proposal for a new regulatory framework for batteries and waste batteries, aiming to establish minimum sustainability requirements for all batteries placed on the EU internal market. The EESC supports the proposed measures, however, it calls for more precise and workable governance instruments to implement the new regulation, with the involvement of all stakeholders.
This report relays the views of Danish civil society on freedom of association, freedom of assembly, the rule of law.