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Change management, better communication on scientific evidence and, above all, civil engagement are key factors for the development and implementation of new indicators to measure people's well-being and societies' progress. This was the main message of a public debate that was held on 4 June by the European Economic and Social Committee and its Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion.   


Energy, transport and services of general interest, combined with the digital revolution, can drive European growth in a sustainable and all-inclusive way. This was the message of the hearing that was held on 22 May 2019 by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and its Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN).


L-Unjoni Ewropea teħtieġ b’mod urġenti strateġija ġdida, ambizzjuża u ċara għall-futur tagħha. Il-politika ta’ koeżjoni trid tkun parti integrali minnha. Dispożizzjonijiet ġodda dwar il-politika ta’ koeżjoni għall-perjodu wara l-2020 iridu jipprevedu għal mezzi suffiċjenti u jiggarantixxu titjib fl-effiċjenza u l-viżibbiltà tal-politika tagħha, iħeġġeġ il-Kumitat Ekonomiku u Soċjali Ewropew (KESE) f’Opinjoni esploratorja dwar il-futur tal-politika ta’ koeżjoni, mitluba mill-Presidenza Rumena tal-Kunsill.


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.

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Italy’s Luca Jahier has been elected as the 32nd president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the EU body representing organised civil society, which he will head for the next two and a half years. The two new vice-presidents will be Milena Angelova (Bulgaria) for budget and Isabel Caño Aguilar (Spain) for communication. Read the inaugural speech.

Joint side event by the EESC and the Government of Slovenia at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF)

The world is facing a climate emergency causing unprecedented economic, social and environmental challenges. Ambitious policy and action are necessary at all levels to accelerate a just transition to a sustainable future, while leaving no one behind. This is particularly relevant in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has exposed the fragility of the current system.