Euro banknote counterfeiting at historically low level in 2020

460,000 counterfeit euro banknotes withdrawn from circulation in 2020, a historically low level in proportion to banknotes in circulation About two thirds of the total were €20 and €50 banknotes Euro banknotes continue to be a trusted and safe means of payment All euro banknotes can be verified using the “feel, look and tilt” method

Results of the ECB Survey of Professional Forecasters in the first quarter of 2021

Shorter-term inflation expectations largely unchanged; longer-term inflation expectations unchanged at 1.7% Opposing revisions to real GDP growth outlook, with near-term forecasts revised down but stronger rebound envisaged thereafter Unemployment rate expectations revised down across all horizons

Self-employed people living in poverty: an often forgotten group

By Ronny Lannoo, member of the EESC Diversity Europe Group and of Belgian SME organisation UNIZO The self-employed are often associated with “making a fast buck” and success. This caricature overshadows the many challenges entrepreneurs face. Self-employment always goes hand in hand with risks, in both the business and the private sphere.

The necessary balance between social, economic, and environmental issues in the industrial transition

By the EESC Workers’ Group Industrial change may mean better jobs and working conditions, with sustainable growth and inclusiveness. Or it might mean rampant inequality and poverty, soaring unemployment for certain groups, and eventually a fracture in social cohesion that will endanger the EU and democracy itself.