Employment Week - The European Employment Forum 2010Invest in human capital - Europe's greatest asset Conference -
Brussels, Belgium Employment Week - an annual exhibition and conference focusing on the major social and economic issues surrounding employment and creating an effective discussion and meeting forum.
The outcome of the European Year 2010 and future actionJoint hearing of the EESC and the NGO coalition for the European Year 2010 on "The outcome of the European Year 2010 and future action" Public Hearing -
Brussels, Belgium This year, designated as the European Year for combating poverty and social exclusion, comes in a time of severe financial, economic and social crisis. To tackle these challenges the new Europe 2020 Strategy gives prominence to the reduction of poverty by 25% and to the establishment of a "European Platform against Poverty".
The EESC set up a standing study group to monitor the Year's events. So far, the Group has participated in a range of activities, has produced a declaration for the Council of Ministers and is now organising a major hearing to evaluate the Year in conjunction with the Coalition of European social NGOs who have come together for 2010, on 22 November at the EESC premises.
In addition to analysing the impact of initiatives taken during the year and reflecting on the lessons learned about the organisation of European years, the EESC and the Coalition want to focus on what action needs to be taken over the next 10 years to achieve the goals set and to remain ambitious in the commitment to reduce poverty across the EU.
The impact of the crisis on employment in the Baltic statesJoint conference organised by the European Economic and Social Committee and the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania Conference -
Vilnius, Lithuania The Baltic States are facing the impact of the financial and economic crisis, which as elsewhere has turned into an employment crisis. Different EU countries have been affected by the crisis in different ways, but its impact has been particularly serious in the Baltic States. This conference will aim to initiate an necessary and timely discussion in the Baltic States, to bring them closer together, to initiate a discussion at European level, to enhance social dialogue in the Baltic States, to express EU support to the Baltic States and to attract the attention of European media to the crisis-affected society of the Baltic States.
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.