Currently under review, Europe 2020 is the EU's sole long-term strategy. Despite the fact that Europe is showing the first signs of slight economic recovery, the social crisis is still deepening. Europe has to find its way out and reinvent its jobs and growth strategy. Therefore the EESC is organizing a conference based on interactive stakeholders' involvement, with the focus on present and future social, economic and environmental challenges. This will be an occasion for policy makers and stakeholders to engage in a constructive debate in order to focus the reform efforts on making the EU more resilient.
2015 will be a pivotal year for development cooperation, in the EU and beyond. It is the year by which progress made to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is to be evaluated. It will also be the year in which a new, UN-led global strategy and new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the decade to come are to be defined and negotiated.
Now that the negotiations leading up to an EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement are progressing rapidly – due to the ambition to conclude negotiations before the end of 2015 – the members of the EESC Japan Follow-up Committee are working together with their counterparts to present a concerted position to the authorities on both sides concerning the inclusion of a joint civil society monitoring body. In order to further develop ideas and provide a space for exchanging views, i.a. by taking stock of existing civil society monitoring bodies.