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"The situation in some Member States has led us to create a strategy for defending the Rule of Law, human rights and the concept of liberal democracy", said José Antonio Moreno Díaz, president of a new group on fundamental rights and the Rule of Law. Fact-finding missions to Poland, Hungary or Romania will be a starting point for the group, established by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) earlier this year and which held its first meeting on 11 June in Brussels.


"It is not an easy task to deal with digitalisation in a way that all the layers of the society reap an equal benefit," underlined in his opening speech the President of the European Economic and Social Committee Luca Jahier. "Precisely therefore we, at the European Economic and Social Committee, promote the idea of ‘digital justice’ - we want that no-one is left behind from the digital revolution."


The European Economic and Social Committee  is organising a Stakeholder Summit on Artificial Intelligence in cooperation with the European Commission. The event will bring together businesses, academia, workers, citizens, policy makers and NGOs to discuss the next steps to advance the EU strategy on AI.


Young Roma are almost seven times more likely to leave school early than their non-Roma peers, EESC hearing reveals

Despite a slight improvement in the share of early school leavers amongst the Roma, as many as 68% of Roma youth still complete only lower secondary school education at best, which greatly reduces their chances on the labour market and perpetuates the cycle of poverty experienced by most members of this ethnic group.


“This is a moment for social economy enterprises to demonstrate European values at a time when the EU is facing huge challenges,” said Ariane Rodert, a member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), who opened the third European Day of Social Economy Enterprises (SEEs). The event, which took place on 4 June at the EESC's premises in Brussels, focused on how to scale up the social economy and showcased innovative social entrepreneurs.