Events & Activities



European Economic and Social Committee - Economic and Social Council of Greece


"The social dimension of 'Europe 2020' policies
for combating the crisis"
Conference, in the framework of the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Athens, 25/4/2014


National economic and social councils in the EU

Europe 2020: the future of employment in Europe and Italy – Conference, General Labour Union of Italy -Rome, 31 May 2011

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European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

Meetings of the Europe 2020 Steering Committee

All EESC events on Europe 2020


Committee of the Regions

Events in the framework of Europe 2020 Monitoring Platform


European Commission

The European Semester: who does what and when ?

(yearly agenda of submission of the documents for the monitoring of the implementation of the strategy EUROPE 2020)

Europe 2020 events calendar



Statistics for policymaking: Europe 2020 – Conference, 10-11 March 2011


Presidency of the EU

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Think tanks

The Lisbon Council - Europe 2020 Summit – Brussels, March 2011


Belgium – National Labour Council

17/09/2010 – Brussels – CCE/CNT/EESC -  The role of the social partners in framing, implementing and monitoring the Europe 2020 strategy

Conference proceedings (follow the link and click on “Thèmes”)


  • Draft programme - Public hearing on 9 June 2015 in Helsinki, Finland

  • Presentations

  • Review of the EU Trade Policy

    In its work programme for 2015 the Commission indicated that it will review the EU’s trade and investment policy strategy with a particular focus on its contribution to jobs and growth (EC work programme for 2015 p. 5)

    The EESC has produced opinion to the previous revision of the European Trade policy in 2010 and on the EU investment policy when it was incorporated as an exclusive competence under the Lisbon treaty. It produces now opinions on all major trade negotiations of the European Union.

    The EESC has a Trade Follow-up Committee in charge to monitor the EU trade policy. This Committee meets regularly and can be used to produce the opinion without additional costs to be involved for the Committee.

    In addition, in order to influence the design of the Commission policy and the drafting of the Commission communication it is important to start the work of the opinion before the Communication  is finalised and referred to the Committee.


    Composition of the study group


    Related documents:

    Speech of Ms Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Trade on "The Commission's Future Trade Strategy"

    Paper on "How trade policy and regional trade agreements support and strengthen EU economic performance"


  • Innovation across Europe - best practices

    Effective transmission and sharing of knowledge, information and skills is crucial to delivering the jobs and growth opportunities that Europe is seeking. By connecting European business and research, businesses will be given fresh opportunities to commercialise the most up-to-date and relevant research findings, with the aim of giving Europe first-mover advantage in the latest technological and non-technological fields. Adding higher education into this mix, businesses will be able to take advantage of a workforce with skills tailored to their needs. Moreover, students will benefit from an education that will make them more attractive to future employers.

  • Programme

    Venue: TAGUSPARK, Park of Science and Technology Av. Prof. Dr. Cavaco Silva 100, 2740-122 Oeiras



    Registration and welcoming coffee

    9.30 – 9.40

    Welcome address

    Mr. Jacek KRAWCZYK, President of the EESC Employers' Group

    9.40 – 10.00

    Opening remarks

    Mr Paulo PORTAS, Deputy Prime Minister (tbc)

    10.00 – 10.30

    Keynote speech

    Mr Antonio SARAIVA, President, Confederation of Portuguese Business, CIP

    Question & Answers

    Moderator : Mr Gonçalo LOBO XAVIER, Member of the EESC Employers' Group

    10.30 – 12.30

    Panel discussion

    Mr José Carlos CALDEIRA, President, National Innovation Agency

    Professor Barbara BURCHI, University of Pisa

    Mr Jorge LIZ, EUREKA Network

    Mr Vitor NEVES, CEO Colep Industries

    Question & Answers

    Moderator : Mr Gonçalo LOBO XAVIER, Member of the EESC Employers' Group


    Concluding remarks

    Mrs Maria João RODRIGUES, Member of the European Parliament,

    Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats

    Mr. Jacek KRAWCZYK, President of the EESC Employers' Group


  • Twitter

  • Eurostat news release "How is the European Union progressing towards its Europe 2020 targets?"

  • EC Communication "2015 European Semester: Country-specific recommendations"

  • The EESC opposes ISDS in TTIP and CETA and calls for an International Investment Court

    The European Economic and Social Committee, in its opinion adopted on 27 May, opposes the inclusion of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) or in the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), as it believes such a system has the potential to derail both agreements.

  • Migration: European Solidarity Stress Test

    "What’s at stake today is solidarity: towards migrants, between Member States but also with third countries. Let’s not forget that some countries in the Mediterranean host more refugees than European Member States have ever done”, said Henri Malosse, EESC President, in his welcome address to Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship at the EESC Plenary today. He added: “Faced with daily human tragedies, failure is not an option. The European Commission can count on the EESC to support its action, with civil society in the field. Concretely, EESC will be working with NGOs to help set up welcome centres across the Mediterranean. The European Economic and Social Committee and the European Commission stand as firm partners there.”