Every year, schools from all European Union Member States and candidate countries are invited to apply to take part and one school from each country is then selected at random. The selected schools each choose three pupils and one accompanying teacher to come to Brussels for two days, to work together, debate and draw up resolutions addressed to the EU institutions. All secondary schools in Europe can apply and this year, it could be your school!
The event is planned to take place in person at the EESC's headquarters, on 23 and 24 March 2023. The discussions will focus on youth and democracy, on how active citizenship fosters participatory democracy and the role of youth voices and initiatives in achieving this.
The EESC, as the voice of civil society, wants to ensure that the ideas of Europe's younger generation are heard.
Stay tuned for the launch of the event, expected later this month!
The EESC is organising a hybrid public hearing on "Towards a European Health Union and European Global Health Strategy fully inclusive of Persons with Disabilities " on 7th March 2023 am ( 9:30 am to 1 pm).
Despite being recognized by the UN Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, persons with disabilities (pwd) are still victims of discrimination in access to healthcare both in the EU and at global level. The hearing, organised by the EESC Permanent Group on Disability Rights, will discuss what can be done to advance the rights of pwd in the field of health within the European Health Union and the EU Global Health Strategy.
Post-pandemic recovery, war on European soil, democratic values under increasing pressure on both sides of the EU's borders: these seismic shifts have left no doubt that civil society organisations are more important than ever – for both social cohesion and democracy in Europe. A strong, independent and diverse civil society is a key ingredient in ensuring a resilient democracy, able to safeguard both our fundamental rights and the integrity of our democratic way of life.
On 27 and 28 February 2023, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the European Commission will host the 2023 European Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference in hybrid mode. The sixth Conference will bring together Europe's biggest circular economy stakeholders to focus on the role of the circular economy in driving sustainable recovery, open strategic autonomy and resilience.
In order to prepare an exploratory opinion requested by the Swedish presidency, the EESC is organising a virtual public hearing on ''Competence and skills development in the green and digital transition'' on 17 February 2023.
Working life is transforming due to the accelerating digital transformation, automation, and transition to climate neutrality. The event will be looking at the competences and skills that will be needed in view of this transition, contributing to the debate in view of the European Year of Skills.
This public event will assess the extent of the EU's current ecological overshoot and look into proposals from organised civil society to push back against resource depletion and present some best practices and initiatives to reduce the EU's ecological footprint.
The EESC is organising a remote public hearing on the revision of the anti-trafficking directive. The input will feed into the its opinion on the issue.
The current directive has been implemented in a fractured manner across the EU as employers and users of the services of trafficked people face different legal consequences. Also, perpetrators continue to act with impunity since prosecution and convictions remain. Therefore, a revision of the directive is necessary.
By including perspectives from policy makers and civil society, the event will explore strengths and shortcomings of the revision.
In order to prepare the exploratory opinion requested by the future Spanish presidency of the EU on "Precarious work and mental health", the EESC is organising a remote public hearing on 14 February 2023 from 9:30 am to 1 pm.
The aim of the event is to gather input on the from policy makers, civil society organisations and social partners, which will feed into the EESC's opinion.
Your participation and input are most welcome!
On 13 February 2023 the Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN) of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will host an online public hearing in the context of its ongoing exploratory opinion at the request of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU on Wooden construction for CO2 reduction in building sector. The opinion is focusing on the following issues: How can the EU proposals such as Sustainable carbon cycles, the EU's bioeconomy strategy and the New European Bauhaus be used to drastically reduce the large construction-related CO2 emissions, store CO2 and make construction more efficient?