Official meetings of the EESC and its bodies
Twenty-five years ago, citizens' uprisings across Eastern Europe overthrew totalitarian regimes and led to the fall of the Iron Curtain. Since then, the death strip that once divided Europe has been turned into the European Green Belt, a unique ecological network that both commemorates Europe's turbulent 20th century history and bears witness to civil society's power in the struggle for freedom and democracy.
This exhibition is being co-organised by the EESC and the European Green Belt Initiative. It will be opened on the JDE ground floor by the EESC president, Henry Malosse. Other speakers include Gabriel Schwaderer (European Green Belt Initiative), Adalbert Kienle (EESC member) and François Wakenhut (European Commission, tbc).
The EESC will mark the end of the Italian Presidency by holding a cultural evening on 16 December 2014, starting at 6 p.m.
The tenor Massimo Crispi and the pianist Marco Rapetti will present "L'Europa galante" (a selection of musical pieces on romantic themes by key European composers).
The concert will be followed by an exhibition entitled Europe before Europe, which will open at 7.30 p.m.
It will be possible to admire 35 original works of great value and beauty, commissioned by the Italian enterprise 'Modiano' between the late 19th century and early 20th century.
The exhibition will remain open until 19 January 2015.
The provision made in the Youth Guarantee System regarding entrepreneurship has yet to be implemented in the Member States. The various options for steering young people into business therefore need to be identified.
Fostering entrepreneurship, creativity and mobility in education and training is a priority. Entrepreneurship paves the way for the more specific skills or knowledge needed by those setting up a social enterprise or a business.
The 20th UN Climate Conference closed in Lima on 13 December with the adoption of The Lima call for climate action.
On 14 January 2014, the EESC Sustainable Development Observatory will hold a public debriefing on the outcomes from the Lima Climate Conference.
The meeting will take stock of the achievements, stimulate a debate on the challenges ahead, and map out civil society activities and possible synergies on the road to COP 21 in Paris.
Interventions from Members of the EESC and the CoR delegations to COP 20; representatives of the European Commission and civil society organisations will be followed by an open debate.
Following the Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Lawmaking the Single Market Observatory has increasingly focused its activities on the quality of the regulatory environment of the European Union. Mr Jorge Pegado Liz, EESC member (Group III, Various Interests - Portugal), is currently preparing an own-initiative opinion on "Self-regulation and co-regulation in the Community legislative framework". The public hearing will provide further input to the preparation of the opinion.
On Tuesday 27 January, Europeans throughout the World (ETTW) and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in cooperation with the incoming EU Latvian presidency will organise a conference on 'Basic European rights to free movement under threat'.
The event aims to highlight work undertaken by EESC and the CONSIDER consortium and stimulate debate between representatives of the main stakeholder groups involved in civil society in research. It will contribute to the development of evidence-based research policy in Europe and its member states. By highlighting current practice and factors that influence the success of civil society organisations involvement in research, the event provides insights into good practice that can be the basis of future policy.
Businesses face problems in rural and remote areas promoting Continual Professional Development due to lack of engagement with educational institutions. One of the objectives of the hearing is to present relevant civil society proposals to help rural and remote areas address challenges in vocational education and training, while contributing to recommendations on how they can be tackled.