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On 10 May, candidates from the main parties running for the European Parliament (EP) elections took part in a round table debate organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Madrid. They were in favour of initiating a reform of the EU institutions with the aim, amongst other things, of enabling organised civil society to play a greater role in the building of Europe.

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Young Europeans think that belonging to the EU benefits them directly and are keen to learn other languages, explore other cultures, and have friends of other EU nationalities. These are just the first results of a study on "Youngsters and the EU - Perceptions, Knowledge and Expectations", which the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and its Diversity Europe Group presented at a major event in Brussels on 15 May 2019.

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The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is starting to take stock of progress made so far in implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights ("the Social Pillar"), a tool for social policy proclaimed by the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission at the Gothenburg Summit in November 2017.

Participants in YEYS 2019
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Udeleženci letošnjega mladinskega dogodka Vaša Evropa, vaš glas (YEYS), ki ga je Evropski ekonomsko-socialni odbor (EESO) organiziral 21. in 22. marca 2019, so največ glasov namenili predlogu za obvezno izobraževanje o evropski politiki, da bi bili državljani pred glasovanjem s tem bolje seznanjeni. Ta pobuda bo skupaj s tremi drugimi izbranimi predlogi, ki se osredotočajo na uporabo novih tehnologij in družbenih medijev za večjo udeležbo na evropskih volitvah, poslana v razmislek Evropskemu parlamentu.

Plenary session March 2019 - day 22 - bilateral meeting - presidents Jahier and Bernasconi
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The future of Europe was high on the agenda of the EESC March plenary, which hosted a debate with Patrick Bernasconi, president of the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council. Luca Jahier, president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), reaffirmed that civil society had a vital role to play in the European project.