22 September Sep 2021 1129 22 September 2021
Broad participation by civil society is key to a strong recovery in Europe
A hearing organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) discussed opportunities and challenges in the implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans in the various Member States, revealing that civil society is still far from being effectively involved in the process. There were calls for improved consultations in the upcoming implementing phase, following the shortcomings at the drafting stage
16 June Jun 2020 1138 16 June 2020
"We must be united for the future of Europe, and now is the time for action", say EESC president Luca Jahier and European Commissioner Elisa Ferreira
At its June plenary, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hosted a debate on the recovery of the European economy following the crisis brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, stressing that the focus must now be on implementing the European Commission's plan
20 May May 2020 1631 20 May 2020
Civil society organisations call to have a hand in designing Europe's recovery plan
Civil society organisations have been at the forefront of fighting the pandemic in Europe, often stepping in at a moment's notice to plug huge gaps in the public provision of social services and healthcare. Meeting remotely with the EESC on 12 May, they asked to be at the table with EU institutions and governments to help design a recovery plan for a sustainable Europe
7 December Dec 2019 0800 07 December 2019
Human rights Film Festival 2019: "What are we leaving for our children?"
The students of the European Master’s in Human Rights at the Global Campus Europe - Global Campus of Human Rights announce the 11th edition of the Human Rights Film Festival on Saturday, 7 December, in Venice. On the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the festival theme is "Future generations: what are we leaving for our children?”We have met Kosta Karakashyan, who is the director of the festival
2 September Sep 2019 1505 02 September 2019
Last call to enter projects for the EESC's 2019 Civil Society Prize
Launched by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), this year the prize, rewarding excellence in civil society initiatives, is dedicated to the theme of gender equality. Final date for applications is 6 September
5 August Aug 2019 1506 05 August 2019
Blockchain can have multiple applications in the social economy, but must not create a new "digital economy elite"
Originally associated with cryptocurrencies, blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) are in fact very versatile and can be usefully applied to the social economy. However, it is important to regulate them properly and gear them to benefits for all, allowing everyone to participate, says the EESC in a report tabled at its July plenary
25 March Mar 2019 1800 25 March 2019
European Philanthropy Manifesto calling for a Single Market for Philanthropy
European foundations, philanthropic organisations and policymakers have come together to jointly launch the European Philanthropy Manifesto and to advocate for an enabling environment for philanthropy in Europe. The European Philanthropy Manifesto is a call to policy makers in Europe to work towards a Single Market for Philanthropy
19 October Oct 2018 1614 19 October 2018
A small step forward for human rights
Today ends the week of negotiations at the UN in Geneva for the Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights, an instrument that could protect the rights and the environment of many communities around the world.
25 September Sep 2018 1636 25 September 2018
Cultural projects: Italy in the lead
The European Economic and Social Committee has received 150 applications from 27 EU Member States for its Civil Society Prize 2018, that this year focuses on culture. Italy, that has presented 24 projects, is in the first place for number of applications sent, followed by Germany and Belgium, both on 13, nearly half of the Italian applications, and by Greece, with 11 applications.
30 August Aug 2018 1735 30 August 2018
Social Enterprise World Forum underway
SEWF 2018 returns to Edinburgh, where it began 10 years ago. From the 12th to the 14th of September over 1000 delegates coming from tens of countries around the world will gather to share insights and learn from the example of Scotland, that has a vibrant social enterprise scene