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The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held the Civil Society for rEUnaissance event on 21 February 2019 to discuss the key role that organised civil society must play for the future of Europe - just over 90 days from the European elections. The event brought together the highest representatives of the European institutions and civil society organisations from across the entire EU, among them 16‑year‑old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Committee of the Regions President Karl-Heinz Lambertz.


Road haulage transport would be seriously affected if the UK left the EU without a withdrawal agreement. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) backs the Commission's temporary measures on road freight transport services between the UK and the EU in the event of a "no‑deal" Brexit, pointing out that a transitional period with reciprocity of haulage rights should be put in place.


Citizens' needs and concerns were the focus of the debate on the digital revolution at the February plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which reaffirmed that the "human in command" principle should always be endorsed.


The EESC calls for a budget increase and special promotion under Horizon 2020

The creative sector in Europe has great potential, but it needs more support to fully develop and become a serious competitive player on the world market.  Other branches, including the textile, tourism, automotive, construction, and health industries would also benefit from an ambitious cultural and creative sector. The EESC therefore calls for an increase in the budget and specific financial support under Horizon 2020.