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Author: European Economic and Social Committee

4th Meeting of EU-Africa Economic and Social Stakeholders and Economic and Social Council

The Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) has been the main framework for relations between the continents of Europe and Africa since 2007. Its goal is to develop a shared vision of the main global issues whilst simultaneously strengthening cooperation in a broad range of areas such as development, governance, human rights, trade, regional integration, food security and migration. To this end, meetings of EU-African economic and social stakeholders are held on a regular...

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Your Europe, Your Say! 2018

2018 will be the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH), and the European Economic and Social Committee will invite pupils from all over Europe to Brussels in order to get their opinion on the best way to engage European youth in the protection and promotion of our common cultural heritage. The Committee is also interested in the pupils’ fresh views on the relationship between culture, democracy and peace. The EESC, as the voice of civil society, is eager to ensure that the ideas of Europe’s younger generation are...

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Road toll should finance cost of trans-European transport infrastructure

Toll revenues from the trans-European road network should be reinvested into transport infrastructures and be clearly earmarked, with charges from road use going to cover the costs of developing, operating and maintaining road infrastructure, while charges linked to external costs should be used to mitigate the negative effects of road transport including alternative modes. This was the key message of an EESC opinion on the Commission’s proposed overhaul of the so-called Eurovignette directive, adopted at the EESC’s October...

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Economic and social cohesion and European integration of the Western Balkans – challenges and priorities

At the request of the future Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the EU (January-June 2018), the EESC was asked to prepare an exploratory opinion on the challenges and priorities countries of the Western Balkans are facing in the European integration process, as well as in the area of economic and social cohesion. Western Balkans will be one of the policy priorities of the Bulgarian presidency and a Western Balkans Summit is scheduled to take place in May 2018 in...

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