European Fourth World People's Universityon the theme "Joining with young people to rid Europe of poverty and exclusion" Conference -
Brussels, Belgium The European Fourth World People's Universities provide a space to talk and reflect with people living in poverty, the space needed to work with them to use their life experiences to seek ways out of extreme poverty. This event will bring together, on the one hand, a hundred or so delegates from various European countries, people with experience of living in poverty and also others who take a stand alongside them against poverty and, on the other, members of the European Economie and Social Committee (which is hosting the meeting), policy-makers, European officiaIs and other players in the fight against poverty and social exclusion.
European Integration Forum - 3rd meetingConference -
Brussels, Belgium The European Integration Forum held its third meeting on 24 and 25 June 2010, again in the EESC building. The main themes of the third meeting were: 'A New EU Agenda for Integration' and 'The Relations between Migrants and the Media'.
The European Integration Forum, launched in April 2009, brings together representatives of civil society organisations active in the area of integration of immigrants. It gives them an opportunity to express their views on this subject, in particular relating to the EU agenda on integration, while the Commission can take a proactive role in such discussions. This allows the European institutions to promote a comprehensive approach to integration, involving stakeholders at all levels.
People with disabilitiesEmployment and gradual accessibility for people with disabilities in the EU. Post-2010 Lisbon Strategy Public Hearing -
Protection of Children at Risk from Sex TourismPublic Hearing -
Brussels, Belgium On 6 May 2009 the European Economic and Social Committee is organising in its headquarters in Brussels a public hearing on "Protecting children from sex tourism." The aim of this initiative is to involve civil society and the social partners in raising awareness of this form of sexual exploitation of children.
European Integration Forum - 1st meetingBrussels, Belgium The inaugural meeting of the European Integration Forum took place on 20-21 April
2009. More than fifty civil society organisations attended alongside representatives of
the European Commission, of the European Economic and Social Committee, of the
Committee of the Regions, of the Fundamental Rights Agency, of the European
Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions and of the Network
of National Contact Points on Integration.
European Citizens' Forum - Seminar on Europe of Solidarity – our challenge for tomorrowSeminar -
Brussels, Belgium This high-level seminar is part of a European debate on the challenges of intergenerational solidarity in an ageing Europe. It is the follow-up to another large-scale event organised by the EESC last June in Wroclaw (Poland): the European Citizens' Forum. The latter was a notable success, which apart from providing a forum for discussion for the people concerned, also helped to bring the European venture closer to the public at large. Having conveyed the message of the European Citizens' Forum to European ministers at the informal meeting of ministers for employment and social affairs, organised by the French presidency in Chantilly on 10-11 June, this time we would like to meet in Brussels, at the heart of the EU decision-making process, to deliver the message of the people direct to European decision-makers in an area crucial for the future of Europe. The seminar intends to examine, in particular, questions relating to intergenerational solidarity and various aspects of family policy.
Towards a Europe of Solidarity: Youth, Intergenerational Solidarity and Tomorrow's EuropeEuropean Citizens' Forum Wroclaw, Poland The European Economic and Social Committee and the City of Wroclaw are organising a joint European Citizens' Forum entitled "Towards a Europe of Solidarity", which will take place on 19-20 June 2008 in Wroclaw (Poland). This two-day event will be large-scale and inter-active, with a wide range of informal working groups maximising participation. The Forum is intended to be both a meeting with interested citizens, and a celebration of the European Idea with the general public.