The EESC has suggested that products which cannot be repaired should not be marketed in Europe, and that merely requiring producers to inform consumers when a product cannot be fixed is not enough.
Despite being recognised as a constitutional principle of the EU, participatory democracy in Europe is still largely unstructured, with no formal institutional agreements that would allow citizens and civil society organisations to directly contribute to the development of EU policies
The EESC has asked the forthcoming Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU to push forward with the proposal to make the Social Progress Protocol a binding legal instrument, which would help strengthen and preserve social rights in Europe
The European Union's food system is currently facing crises on multiple fronts, as it tackles environmental, climate, health, and social challenges, and anticipates Ukraine's accession, which will need to be followed by Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform. In response to these challenges...
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a public hearing to deliver suggestions on how to make EU climate diplomacy more effective. The participants discussed whether the EU should reconsider its approach towards climate diplomacy and identified ways to facilitate climate action and better coordination of related policies at all levels (European, national, regional and local).
The EU's economic system needs structural change and must be adjusted to become more resistant to future external shocks. Main priorities: improving its resilience, efficiency and strategic autonomy.
President Röpke held today a meeting with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel. The Presidents held a fruitful discussion on some of the key European issues, including enlargement, youth, competitiveness as well as international relations, more generally.
The EESC provided its policy recommendations for a new generation of own resources for the EU budget. The opinion urged the Commission to first and foremost further develop the new set of rules that would govern corporate taxation in the EU (BEFIT). The EESC also suggested considering an EU-wide tax on digital transactions and an additional levy targeting companies importing products from third-country manufacturers that do not ensure proper protection of workers.
The European Commission has announced new measures to tackle human trafficking. This comes in response to a 2021 report assessing the effectiveness of the EU's 2001 Anti-Trafficking Directive, which found the response by Member States to be insufficient. The EESC opinion calls for a gender focus, greater support for victims, more accountability for companies, and improved monitoring mechanisms.