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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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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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En obligatorisk kursplan om EU-politik för att öka medborgarnas kunskaper innan de röstar var det förslag som fick flest röster i 2019 års upplaga av ”Ditt Europa, din mening”, ett ungdomsevenemang som anordnades av Europeiska ekonomiska och sociala kommittén (EESK) den 21–22 mars 2019. Detta initiativ och tre andra utvalda förslag, inriktade på användning av ny teknik och sociala medier för att öka deltagandet i valet till Europaparlamentet, kommer att översändas till Europaparlamentet för övervägande.

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.