AI in Europe: not all decisions can be reduced to ones and zeros, says the EESC
In two reports on draft EU legislation on artificial intelligence, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) calls for an all-out ban on social scoring in the EU and for a complaint and redress mechanism for people who have suffered harm from an AI system.
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
Energy transition: EU needs speed change
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) addresses the state of play of the Energy Union and the national energy and climate plans, warning that the 2050 EU energy and climate objectives can only be reached with a change of pace in the transition and that citizens must really be put at the heart of the process
EESC President Christa Schweng and European Commissioner Kadri Simson say 2021 will be the year of delivery
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the European Commission believe that the clean energy transition must be at the heart of the post-COVID-19 European Union and that now is the time to accelerate implementation of green measures for economic recovery.
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Coronavirus response: EESC calls for swift approval of EU recovery plan
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) backs a number of Commission proposals to speed up European recovery, underlining that the involvement of civil society organisations is essential
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"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
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Europe Day, EESC calls for more unity and solidarity in fight against coronavirus pandemic
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) celebrates 9th May online for the first time ever, highlighting the commitment on the ground of its members to fighting the coronavirus crisis
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EESC president Luca Jahier calls for future Health Union
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) holds online debate to discuss latest developments in EU response to ongoing COVID-19 outbreak
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Yemen, MSF: Chaos and fighting in Aden as over 50 wounded admitted in just a few hours
The city of Aden, Yemen, has been hit by heavy fightings between various armed groups. This was stated in a note by MSF, reporting that, in the space of a few hours, their teams have admitted 51 wounded people to their hospital
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Paris, record of tourists
Following a promotion plan launched by the City of Paris and the State there has been an important increase in tourists in Paris. Today the record level can be compared to that of 2014, before the 2015 terrorist attacks.
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Central African Republic: Civilians pay the price of renewed, brutal fighting
In the past weeks, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams have witnessed summary executions and terror among civilians
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USA/Russia: Diplomatic meeting must tackle deplorable human rights record at home and abroad
Though recent developments in Syria are bound to dominate US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s first official visit to Moscow this week, he must also raise the issue of Russia’s wide-ranging denial of human rights at home, Amnesty International said.
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Colombia: Prosecution Suspended on Army Killings Case
On March 28, 2017, the 9th Judge of Judicial Guarantees of Bogotá declined to carry out a hearing to charge 12 soldiers for the murder and enforced disappearance of two men and a boy in 2008, as reads a Human Rights Watch news release. This sets a worrying precedent, 33 Colombian and international human rights groups said.
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Bahrain: 2 Face Execution Despite Torture Allegations
Two Bahrainis appear to be at imminent risk of execution despite allegations of torture, Human Rights Watch said today. 3 were executed in a similar case on January 15 .
20 January Jan 2017 1559 20 January 2017
Caritas helps vulnerable people suffering from cold winter
Winter time clearly highlights the vulnerable situation of people who struggle to deal with extreme weather conditions. This is particularly true for migrants and refugees. And this year this is truer than ever as the situation in Greece and Serbia shows. Read the post written by Silvia Sinibaldi, Caritas Europa's Humanitarian Director.
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Transparency missing under the EU Christmas tree
Publicly accessible registers are on course to become a global transparency standard – the EU should get on board rather than get left behind.
16 December Dec 2016 1337 16 December 2016
Children on the move remain forgotten and unprotected
As EU leaders are discussing migration within the Council arena, World Vision is calling on them to protect children on the move from all forms of violence.
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Green bonds need to be more than marketing tactic
The rapidly growing green bonds market is still self-regulated. More stakeholders than ever before are asking for concrete results
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Better international co-ordination could lead to more worldwide benefits from migration
Despite growing economic dynamism in many developing regions, international migration flows are not being diverted towards these new alternative poles but rather are concentrating in advanced economies, according to a new OECD Development Centre report.