Open Communication and Overcoming Social Distancing – the role of Civil Society

Coronavirus response: let’s not forget civil society organisations and the role of communication Arno Metzler, the president of the Diversity Europe Group of the European Economic and Social Committee issued the following statement: “The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will continue changing our lives. It’s up to us to see this as an opportunity to make positive…

Raising Europe’s Living and Working Standards

The EESC says it is making the case for investing in “human-centred policies” and for measures to curb brain drain from less affluent parts of Europe to wealthier Member States. With its share in the global population at an all-time low and another baby boom unlikely, Europe will need to take a holistic approach if…

Celebrating European Solidarity

Today is the 70th Anniversary of the signing of the Schuman Declaration, which was originally presented by French foreign minister Robert Schuman on 9 May 1950. The Declaration proposed the creation of a European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) between France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, to enable these countries to pool…

The EU must rise from the ashes of the #Coronacrisis

By Luca Jahier, President of the European Economic and Social CommitteeStrong support to the European Commission and the European Parliament: EUCO cannot fail! Ahead of the Heads of state and government Council meeting next week and in the light of the solid package of measures proposed on 9 April by the Eurogroup to support the…

EESC Argues for Sustainable Growth

Future economic policy must be in line with the European Green Deal, says the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).  The Committee urges EU Member States to make sustainable economic growth the top priority for European and national economic policies in 2020 and beyond and recommends complementing the current accommodative monetary policy of the European…

MFF: Heading for the Worst Budget Ever?

Statement by Luca Jahier, President of the European Economic and Social Committee: For weeks, I have been seriously concerned about the news filtering on the preparation of the Extraordinary European Council, which is expected to discuss the Multi-Annual Financial Framework on 20 February. Today EP plenary debate in Strasbourg has fully confirmed my long-standing concerns….

AI Needs Human Face

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is adopting a firm stance on artificial intelligence and has insisted, at a high-level conference held in Helsinki on 21 November that the digital revolution must have a human face, be inclusive and bring benefits for all Europeans. Artificial intelligence and the digital transformation must be inclusive and…

EESC backs Commission’s proposal for national energy and climate plans

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) says it backs the Commission’s proposal for implementing national energy and climate plans and points to the key role civil society organisations have to play in nurturing the culture of sustainability essential for Europe’s future. Europe has no future unless it develops a culture of sustainability, one that…

EESC calls for new EU Strategy for Sustainable Development

The European Union should grasp the opportunity of the new political mandate and financial period to improve its economic policy coordination and governance, says the EESC. The European Semester should become the most important element of economic policy coordination and a multi-level and multi-actor governance approach should be implemented, says the European Economic and Social…

Consumers in the circular economy

So far, actions to boost the development of a circular economy in Europe have centred on production, getting industries to introduce circular business models and bring circular options to the market.  Now conditions are ripe for getting consumers involved, and empowering them to make sustainable purchasing choices in their daily lives, says a new EESC…