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Reinforcing European industrial competitiveness is one of key priorities of the Italian presidency of the EU Council. Since the Employers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee fully supports this approach, the group would like to initiate an open discussion on the tools needed to rebuild Europe's industry and boost its competitiveness, drawing vital lessons from the Italian case. The representatives of the European Commission and the Italian presidency together with members of the Employers' Group and invited guests will attempt to identify the main external challenges for the European industrial base and define the economic sectors that could be the most competitive on the global market.

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    Official meetings of the EESC and its bodies


  • Rome, Italy

    Reinforcing European industrial competitiveness is one of key priorities of the Italian presidency of the EU Council. Since the Employers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee fully supports this approach, the group would like to initiate an open discussion on the tools needed to rebuild Europe's industry and boost its competitiveness, drawing vital lessons from the Italian case. The representatives of the European Commission and the Italian presidency together with members of the Employers' Group and invited guests will attempt to identify the main external challenges for the European industrial base and define the economic sectors that could be the most competitive on the global market.

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    Brussels, Belgium

    The Cotonou Agreement gives mandate to the EESC to keep a dialogue with ACP economic and social interest groups. Within this framework, every three years the EESC organises a general meeting in Brussels bringing together representatives from all ACP countries. This is the most important EESC activity in relation to ACP countries.

     

    The 27th Meeting of ACP-EU Economic and Social Interest Groups will take place from 29 to 31 October 2014 at the EESC headquarters, located at 99 rue Belliardstraat, 1040 Brussels, Belgium.

     

    The main topics on the agenda will be the trade relations between the ACP countries and the EU, the sustainable development goals and the post-2015 agenda, as well as the role of the private sector in development cooperation.

     

    The EESC maintains longstanding relations with ACP countries. The Cotonou Agreement on relations between African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and European Union (EU) countries mandates the EESC to promote dialogue between economic and social players in EU and ACP countries.

     

    Against this backdrop, the 27th meeting will bring together some 160 participants – including representatives of economic and social partners from the 78 ACP countries – in order to gather their views on the above-mentioned topics. Representatives of Economic and Social Councils of ACP and European countries, representatives of EU and ACP institutions, international socio-professional organizations (employers, trade unions, farmers, consumers) and NGOs will also be invited. The conclusions of the meeting will be sent to political bodies and the main EU and ACP partners.

     


  • Conference - Albergo delle Povere, Corso Calatafimi 213, Palermo, Italy

    Affordable broadband connectivity and services are essential for generating economic growth, global competitiveness, and for achieving social progress. Moreover, in the context of the economic crisis, a better penetration of broadband is vital to job creation and the introduction of innovative new services, including the use of e-Government. The latter plays an important role for it has the potential to increase public involvement in a community, improve local democracy and strengthen level of trust.

     

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    Cultural Event - Brussels, Belgium

    From 30 October to 25 November, the EESC will be exhibiting a selection of original documents belonging to the Fellini Foundation. The foundation has the world's largest archive of artefacts such as letters, photos, contracts, costumes etc. relating to "il maestro" (9 000 original documents).

    The exhibition is designed as a journey themed around a circus – a venue where art and artists co-exist, and an environment that fired Federico Fellini's imagination throughout his career.

    It was in Teatro 5 at the very heart of Cinecittà, starting in the early 1960s, that Fellini gave new life to this universe of fantasy and poetry. Fellini paid homage to the world of show business in a number of his masterpieces, including La Strada, I Clowns, and .


  • Public Hearing - EESC, Room JDE52 - Rue Belliard 99., 1040 Brussels, Belgium

    Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) is causing distress and loss of quality of life to a growing number of Europeans and according to new estimates, between 3 % and 5% of the population are electro-sensitive. The most common sources of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) pollution are mobile phone masts, cordless phones and Wi-Fi routers installed in the homes. All these emit microwaves permanently (24/7) in the places where they are installed.

    This event will gather all relevant stakeholders from a broad range of European civil society for a debate on how to deal with this issues at EU level and to give input for the future EESC's opinion that is scheduled for adoption in January 2015.

     


  • Public Hearing - Brussels, Belgium

    The EESC is currently preparing an own-initiative opinion on land grabbing in the EU and its implications on family farming. One of the objectives is to present relevant civil society proposals to address the consequences of large-scale land investments in the EU. In this context, the EESC will hold a public hearing entitled "Land grabbing – a wake-up call for Europe" on Tuesday 4 November.


  • Brussels, Belgium

    Civil society debate on the global negotiations and the EU position in preparation for the UNFCCC COP 20 in Lima

    Climate change is one of the biggest threats to human development. It will affect all economies but will hit people living in poverty the hardest. World leaders are preparing to adopt a new global climate agreement at the UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris in 2015, and elements of an initial text will be tabled at the COP 20 meeting in Lima in December 2014. Civil society will have a crucial role to play in the negotiation process ahead, by contributing to the dialogue on the implications of climate mitigation and adaptation policies for different sectors and demanding concrete policy commitments.


  • Brussels, Belgium

    As the 6th edition of the European Conference on personal and household services (PHS) takes place during the Year of Reconciling Work and Family Life in Europe as well as the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family, the European Federation for Services to Individuals (EFSI) and the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) have chosen to dedicate this year’s conference to the issue of work-life balance.

     


  • Conference - EESC (Room JDE62) - Rue Belliard 99., 1040 Brussels, Belgium

    The conference will debate the role of smart cities in driving the EU's economic revival by drawing on US and Italian experience. The panellists and the audience will specifically assess the challenges that lie ahead in supporting smart cities and how civil society can be mobilised to deliver concrete projects in Europe. Furthermore, the event will introduce a debate among private and public decision makers about how to make the approach to Smart Cities more systemic and concrete, through large-scale public private partnership projects.

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