• The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) aims to lay the groundwork for a post-2027 common agricultural policy (CAP) that is resilient and sustainable and meets the needs of both farmers and society. The Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU has tasked the EESC with formulating an opinion on how to achieve strategic autonomy and sustainable food production.The opinion adopted at its January plenary session.

  • In an opinion adopted at its January plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) addressed the impact of climate change and environmental degradation on peace, security and defence. The Committee stresses the urgent need to invest in setting up resilient responses to these global challenges. The Committee's position is that it is imperative to continue integrating the climate and security nexus by creating proactive interfaces between the institutions responsible for both external relations and the Member States' security and defence services.

  • Plenary debate with Yana Giovanis, Permanent Representation of Belgium to the EU

    EESC plenary session, 17 January 2024

  • The document highlights the Worker's Group priorities for 2023-2025. We want to shape a social and sustainable future that also upholds the principles of the rule of law, human rights, gender equality, solidarity and diversity. We strive to empower our democracy, society, and everyone in it. Our journey is an ongoing commitment, demanding unwavering determination as we strive to shape a society marked by shared prosperity and equality.

  • A debate organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) highlighted that, despite recent initiatives, men continue to be predominant in science, technology, engineering and maths. The EU needs to adopt new specific measures to promote women's participation and so ensure a just green and digital transition.

  • In a recently adopted opinion, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) warns that the EU's overreliance on imports of active pharmaceutical ingredients and finished medicines from Asia poses threats to the health and well-being of EU citizens. The EESC therefore proposes a Critical Medicines Act.

  • The Global Gateway initiative aims to secure the EU's open strategic autonomy, but must be based on impact assessments, as underlined by the European Economic and Social Committee in its opinion adopted at its December plenary. The EESC proposes to play a more active role in the key stages of the decision-making process for development projects associated with the Global Gateway.

  • In an opinion adopted at its plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has proposed a strategy to address socio-economic challenges facing the EU's islands, mountainous regions, and sparsely populated areas. The EESC is calling for EU action to be taken through cohesion policy, emphasising the need for tailored strategies, reliable data, and specific mechanisms for sustainable growth.

  • In the pursuit of a more competitive EU economy, the financial sector – and especially banking – emerges as the backbone, wielding substantial influence over both financing and pivotal transitions towards sustainability. In an opinion adopted in plenary, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) highlights key ways to fortify this sector and reinforce its contribution to the EU's strategic autonomy and transformative goals.

  • Almost 900 000 people experience street homelessness or stay in a shelter on any given night in the EU. With homelessness rising rapidly, the EESC calls upon Member States and the EU to take concrete action