- Work programme of the Luxembourg presidency of the Council of the EU, with Nicolas Schmit, Minister for Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy
- Debate on the reform of the CAP, with Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
- Review of the Latvian presidency of the Council of the EU, with Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, Parliamentary Secretary in the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, attended by members of Latvian civil society
- Debate on climate change, with Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy (debate to be confirmed)
The EESC supports the adoption of a legally binding agreement in Paris and strongly supports the EU's negotiating position. The Committee believes that the EU can play a leading role by demonstrating that climate policy and positive economic development go hand in hand.
A key point from the EESC’s perspective is the role of civil society in this process. A broad-based global civil society movement has emerged that is now calling for rigorous climate protection efforts. Agreements must meet with broad public approval and support from businesses, trade unions and other groups of civil society.
Civil society has a key role in monitoring what governments do, and is best placed to put pressure on policy makers to ensure they honour their commitments. Secondly, civil society will be instrumental in the actual implementation of the agreement on the ground. And thirdly, civil society partners can share good practices, disseminate knowledge and push for the adoption of new green technologies.
In order to ensure broad support and to encourage implementation "from below", the EESC recommends that the Commission, the Council and the European Parliament (EP) engage in intensive and structured dialogue.
On Wednesday 1st July at 2.45 p.m., the first day of the Luxembourg Presidency, Nicolas Schmit, Minister of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy of Luxembourg will present the work programme of the Luxembourg Presidency to the Plenary of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).
At 4.30 p.m., Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development will be speaking on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy which will be followed by a debate and vote on the EESC Opinion on this issue.
At 6 p.m., the EESC will welcome Mrs Zanda KALNIŅA-LUKAŠEVICA, Parliamentary State Secretary for the European Affairs of Latvia to draw conclusions from the Latvian Presidency.
On Thursday 2nd July, at 9 a.m., the EESC will debate the issue of climate change with Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes the endorsement made today by the Heads of State or government at the European Council of the so-called 5 Presidents' Report on "Completing Europe's Economic and Monetary Union". Political will has now to deliver on citizens' expectations for growth and jobs, says the EESC.
The 6th meeting of the EU-Montenegro Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), organized on 23 and 24 June at the EESC headquarters in Brussels, held a lively debate on the transparency and inclusiveness of Montenegro's accession process to the EU. The situation concerning disability policy and recent developments on social dialogue in the country were also discussed.
IN THIS ISSUE: 'Europe in harmony' - Top three winners selected in EESC video challenge; The Luxembourg presidency : "Genuinely listening to civil society is a prerequisite for a more vibrant European democracy"; Migration: European solidarity stress test; Agricultural trade and global food security.