Closing conference of the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012Organised by the EESC Coordination Group Conference -
Brussels, Belgium The European Union is experiencing a challenging demographic change, with an increasing number of senior citizens. This situation raises questions in a number of social and economic areas, but also represents opportunities for new social, economic and technological developments. The closing conference of the EESC Coordination Group of the European Year 2012 will give the EESC Members having worked on the topics of this European Year the opportunity to share their conclusions of the EU Year with decision-makers and stakeholders.
Boosting Europe: Innovative work practices can make it happen!High level seminar organised by the European Economic and Social Committee and Eurofound Seminar -
Bruxelles, Belgium As part of the efforts to promote the concept of workplace innovation at European level and as a follow-up to earlier EESC work on on this theme the aim of the High level seminar is to conduct an awareness-raising debate with selected speakers and to present the results of a Eurofound study on Work Organisation and Innovation.
The seminar will in particular launch the publication of the final report of Eurofound’s study, including extensive desk research and a comparative analysis of 13 company case studies. It will bring together an audience of 100+ people including, among others, social partners, MEPs, experts and government representatives.
Excluded or includedLMO conference on the labour market participation of people with intellectual impairment or relational problems Conference -
Brussels, Belgium The labour market in Europe is changing. Employers are placing increasing demands on their employees. Lifelong learning is now a top priority concept in the EU. At the same time CEDEFOP forecasts point towards a reduction in the number of low-skilled jobs in the European economy in the years to come. Most employment analyses are based on general indicators and give only limited consideration to less-privileged groups. The Europe 2020 headline target of an overall employment rate of 75% could theoretically be achieved even with some less-privileged groups having extremely low employment rates, as there are no subgroup-specific targets. The low-skilled jobs that are available are in many cases occupied by immigrants who tend to outcompete other less-privileged groups here.
European year of mental health - Better work, better quality of lifePublic Hearing -
EESC - Brussels, Belgium The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is currently preparing an own-initiative opinion on the European year of Mental Health - better work, better quality of life.
The opinion will focus on the importance of safeguarding health at work, in the context of the EU Strategy on health and safety at work. As the current strategy is coming to an end in 2012, it is important that aspects of mental health be included in the new strategy.
The opinion also aims to contribute to reviewing the EU mental health strategy, emphasizing awareness-raising, the anti-stigma policy, and pursuing an inclusive, cross-cutting approach.
It is also concerned with achieving the Europe 2020 objectives, which in this case means inclusive growth and combating social exclusion, which calls for an inclusive policy for those suffering from mental illness. Equally vital is the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is on both the EU agenda and that of the Member States.
A public hearing in conjunction with the EESC's work on this opinion will be held in the morning of 30 October 2012 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) at the EESC building, Rue Belliard/Belliardstraat 99, B-1040 Brussels.
The conclusions of the hearing will feed directly into the work of the study group which will hold its second meeting in the afternoon of the same day.
European Integration Forum - 8th meeting'The contribution of migrants to economic growth in the EU' Conference -
Bruxelles, Belgium The European Integration Forum – the dialogue platform on integration of immigrants – met for the eighth time on 16-17 October 2012 in the EESC premises. The main theme of this meeting was: 'The Contribution of migrants to economic growth in the EU'.
This theme was introduced by Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Koos Richelle, Director General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion in the European Commission and Michael Cashman, Member of the European Parliament.
Representatives of European social partners and other organisations discussed the role of migrants in the labour market and their entrepreneurial potential.
Labour market reforms in response to the crisisHotel Vila Galé Opera, Travessa do Conde da Ponte, Lisbon, Portugal Conference -
Lisbon, Portugal On 28 September 2012, the Labour Market Observatory (LMO) of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will be organising a conference in Lisbon on "Labour market reforms in response to the crisis", in cooperation with Confederação do Comércio e Serviços de Portugal. The conference will be held in Hotel Vila Galé Opera in Lisbon.
Eradicating domestic violenceAn EESC event to mark the International Day of Peace Conference -
Brussels, Belgium Domestic violence by men against women, whether physical or psychological, is one of the gravest violations of human rights: the right to life and to physical and psychological integrity. Today, to mark the International Day of Peace, the EESC will hold a conference to listen to researchers and institutional actors and stakeholders and discuss with them its opinion on the matter.
Towards a job-rich recoveryHearing in the framework of the second study group meeting Public Hearing -
Berlin, Germany As part of its work on an opinion on the "Employment package" presented by the European Commission in April entitled "Towards a job-rich recovery", the EESC study group will organise a hearing in Berlin on Wednesday 12 September from 9.15 am to 12.45 pm.