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26/09/2019

The European Economic and Social Committee is organizing a hearing as part of its follow-up work on its opinion on ''A European retail sector fit for the 21st century'', which was adopted in December 2018.

The event will take place on 26 September 2019 in Brussels. It is part of a series of follow-up hearings to be held in several EU Member States.

The main objective of the hearing will be to discuss the effectiveness and efficiency of EU retail policies and to collect valuable input and feedback from Finnish stakeholders on the issue in order to find ways to improve these policies. Particular emphasis will be placed on the recommendations presented in the EESC opinion with a view to their implementation at national level.

06/09/2019
Rewarding excellence in civil society initiatives

Theme of the 2019 prize: "More women in Europe's society and economy"

The 2019 prize will reward innovative initiatives carried out by civil society organisations and/or individuals on the territory of the EU which aim to raise awareness of and fight for gender equality in the EU.

The deadline for submitting applications is 6 September 2019, 10 a.m. (CEST).

10/07/2019

This high-level public conference will look at the skills and competencies acquired by people who are active in civil society organisations (such as NGOs, trade unions,employers organisations).  The question is how these people (especially young people) can demonstrate these skills and experience and be easier and better included on the labour market. The conference will also focus on the active role of civil society organisations as training institutions – as they offer various types of training not only for their members but also for people from outside who are interested in gaining very specific qualifications.

Discussions on this topic are very timely, as this year, the European Commission is reviewing the way Member States have implemented the Council Recommendation on the validation of non-formal and informal learning and is seeking for good practices and new possibilities to explore.

09/07/2019

The public hearing will focus on various aspects related to social and economic inclusion of third country nationals and will feature two panel debates and a speech. The first panel will focus on social inclusion of third country nationals. It will focus on the role of public services in integrating refugees and asylum seekers and on the importance of societies being welcoming towards newcomers. In the second panel, speakers will discuss various aspects related to the importance of skills to economic integration and will address discovering, mapping and further developing talents and skills in view of finding employment.

09/07/2019
Unblocking innovation — Shaping ‘Food 2030’ — Envisaging ‘Food 2050’

The EESC’s Temporary Study Group on Sustainable Food, together with the Food Lawyers’ Network - FLN, invites you for an one-day conference on innovation in food. With high-levels speakers, including from the European Commission, and a multitude of expertise gathered in the conference room, there will be a focus on market access for regulated products, especially novel food and on science against food fraud as well as intellectual property for food including patents and data protection.

07/07/2019

2019 will be the 11th time that Brussels welcomes the Tour de France. It’ll also be, after 1958, the second "Grand Départ" of this well-known race staged in the Belgian capital. On this special occasion, an event is being organised by the EESC and Hansgrohe SA/NV, a sponsor of the professional cycling team BORA-hansgrohe which is one of the teams participating in Tour de France, to promote the role and increase the popularity of cycling as one of the clean modes of transport and raise the awareness of their activities in this field.

05/07/2019

Europe and its Member States have to deliver wellbeing to the citizens and this can only be done through investments and jobs. This means that the impact which taxes and tax measures have on investments, jobs, trade and growth must be brought to the forefront of the debate.

While the OECD stresses that all taxes have the potential to discourage growth, its analysis of tax structures has found corporate taxes to be the form of taxation that is most harmful to economic growth. Empirical studies confirm that there is a negative relationship between corporate taxes and economic growth.

In order to encourage a broader and more balanced discussion on taxation, the Employers' Group requested that the EESC commission, in 2018, the study on The role of taxes on investment to increase jobs in the EU – An Assessment of Recent Policy Developments in the field of corporate taxes.

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