On Tuesday 24 January, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held an exchange of views with Guillaume Lafortune, Vice-President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN), on the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The debate revealed that the EU is failing to meet the objectives of the UN's 2030 Agenda. Yet, there is hope. The EU has the opportunity to take the lead, including through financial support. The EESC plays an important role in monitoring progress.
The January plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) featured a debate during which the Swedish Minister for EU Affairs, Jessika Roswall, presented the priorities of the new presidency of the Council of the European Union.
At the European Economic and Social Committee plenary session on Wednesday, EESC members discussed the EU's response to geopolitical challenges with Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament. The presidents of both institutions agreed that competitiveness, together with more strategic autonomy, is crucial in the current challenging times.
At its December plenary, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) discussed the issues affecting young people in the labour market in the context of the 2022 European Year of Youth and the 2023 European Year of Skills. The Committee advocates for a long-term strategy for youth engagement and recommends that the concept of European Years go beyond mere promotional activities and contribute towards clear plans. The needs of refugees and our Ukrainian neighbours must also be a priority of the European Year of Skills.
ZHP jest jedną z organizacji non-profit, które Europejski Komitet Ekonomiczno‑Społeczny (EKES) nagrodził za udzielanie wsparcia ukraińskim ofiarom wojny.
The European Economic and Social Committee held a plenary debate on the role of finance and public recovery policies in promoting gender equality and the economic empowerment of women in the EU. The discussion was linked to the adoption of two opinions: one on a gender-based approach to budgeting and investing and the other on how Member States can improve the way in which the direct and indirect measures proposed in their Recovery and Resilience Plans (RRPs) affect gender equality.
The December plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) featured a debate on the reconstruction and resilience of the Euro‑Mediterranean region following the COVID-19 pandemic.
The EESC Fundamental Rights and Rule of Law Group held a public hearing on protecting women's sexual and reproductive health and rights. Participants in the debate called for free health services, access to contraception, more inclusive policies, and reproductive and sexual education. This debate was organised in collaboration with the EESC Equality Group as part of a series of EESC events following up on the European Parliament's Gender Equality Week initiative.
Największa polska organizacja pozaformalnej edukacji młodzieży, Związek Harcerstwa Polskiego (ZHP), znalazła się w gronie finalistów Nagrody EKES-u dla Społeczeństwa Obywatelskiego 2022, która w tym roku przyznawana jest w dwóch kategoriach: wzmocnienie pozycji młodych ludzi i pomoc dla ukraińskich ofiar wojny. ZHP ubiega się o nagrodę w kategorii dotyczącej pomocy dla Ukrainy wraz z dwoma projektami z Rumunii i Hiszpanii. Trzech finalistów nagrody w kategorii „Młodzież” pochodzi z Włoch, Portugalii i Hiszpanii.
The enormous challenges posed for Europe by Russia's aggression were the subject of the EESC's annual seminar for civil society communicators, entitled Geopolitical turmoil at Europe's door: the perspective of civil society, which took place in Zagreb, Croatia, on 24 and 25 October 2022.