EESC

    • Metrics beyond GDP to better measure people's wellbeing

      Metrics beyond GDP to better measure people's wellbeing

      Better measurement of the economy and of people's wellbeing could have led governments to respond more strongly to mitigate the damage caused by the 2008 financial crisis and to reduce people's continuing loss of trust in public institutions. This was the starting point of the public debate on “Beyond GDP: Measuring people's wellbeing and societies' progress”.

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    • Implementation of the SDGs is a joint responsibility

      Implementation of the SDGs is a joint responsibility

      The UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed in September 2015, providing the world with a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. My work programme as President of the EESC places great emphasis on sustainable development. The slogan of my Presidency is “rEUnaissance - Dare a sustainable Europe”, because I believe Sustainable Development should support all the transformations that will shape the Europe of tomorrow. Bottom-up initiatives involving citizens and civil society will have a key role to play in this agenda to achieve economic prosperity, which must go hand in hand with environmental sustainability and social inclusion.

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    • EESC: digitalisation must be inclusive

      EESC: digitalisation must be inclusive

      At the October plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted its opinion that is backing the Commission proposal on the Digital Europe programme for 2021‑2027, tabled in June this year. In the opinion authored by Norbert Kluge and Ulrich Samm the Committee members pointed out that the Commission takes a step in the right direction by recognising the key role played by digital skills, but it could be more closely tied to social realities. They also asserted that the "digital dividend" must be equally distributed through appropriate policy measures.

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