On 13 December 2018, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an own-initiative opinion on the costs of non-immigration and non-integration. It focuses on the impact of immigration and of migrants' integration on EU society in terms of practical life.
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Non-state and subnational actors have so far played a decisive role in action on climate, but they often face unsurmountable obstacles. At the COP 24 climate change conference in Katowice, Poland, on 2-14 December 2018, the president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Luca Jahier, stressed how urgent it was to tackle climate change and underlined the fact that Europe needed to embrace a new mechanism for sustainability that included multi-stakeholder governance.
Thirty-three schools from across Europe will come to Brussels next March to debate their views, hopes and expectations about the forthcoming European elections. They will come up with three proposals encapsulating their generation's topmost priorities for European Parliament to tackle. The European Economic and Social committee (EESC) will make sure they reach the law-makers.
Luca Jahier, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), and Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament (EP), signed on 5 December a joint declaration in view of the European elections that will be held in May 2019.
In the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the EESC will be rewarding civil society projects that demonstrate the power of culture and common values to reunite Europe.
For its 12th Civil Society Media Seminar on "Reasserting Europe's values", held in Athens from 22 to 23 November, the EESC featured 12 speakers – journalists and academics - from 12 different EU countries.
Safe and clean mobility is crucial for the future of Europe. At the high-level conference in Vienna on 15-16 November 2018, the EESC members took stock of the state of play of mobility in the EU and stressed once again how fundamental a strong commitment on this matter is for the future development of European transport policy.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has appointed Mr Gianluca Brunetti, who is currently working as HR and Finance Director at the EESC, as its new Secretary General from 14th November 2018.
The implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a joint responsibility of civil society, EU and the member States' authorities, as well as the private sector. This was one of the main conclusions of the high level conference on SDGs and initiatives for Sustainable Global Value Chains co-organised on 30 October 2018 by the Netherlands' Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Dutch Social and Economic Council, and the EESC.