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26/03/2018 27/03/2018

The EESC has been entrusted by the Cotonou Agreement with maintaining relations with socio-economic actors and civil society from ACP countries.

Priorities and activities within the frame of the ACP-EU civil society relations are decided and implemented through an ACP-EU Follow-Up Committee (FuC), which is composed of 12 EESC members and 12 representatives of ACP economic and social interest groups. The FuC is also a primary partner of the political authorities in the Cotonou partnership and the other EU institutions.

EU Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy

Action on plastics was identified as a priority in the 2015 Circular Economy Action Plan, to help European businesses and consumers to use resources in a more sustainable way. The hearing will look into the strategy on plastics in a circular economy (including action on marine litter) proposed by the EC in the context of both the Communication on A European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy (COM(2018) 28 final) and the proposal for a Directive on Port Reception Facilities (COM(2018) 33 final).


Following the new European Commission proposal of September 2017, the European citizens' initiative has new wind in its sails. It now faces a lot of changes, many of which may greatly simplify administrative and organizational burdens. These changes will soon be discussed in the three-way consultations between the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council.

The ECI DAY 2018 will seize the moment and offer a first-hand insight into the positions of the three legislators, represented respectively by the First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, the European Parliament general rapporteur György Schöpflin and the Council Trio ministers / state secretaries from Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria.


During the 6th EU-Korea Civil Society Forum (CSF), participants will discuss labour standards with the ILO representative, including progress achieved by both Parties to the Agreement as well as the next steps in the ratification and effective implementation of the ILO fundamental and other up-to-date conventions. Both DAGs also will exchange information about the role of civil society in the EU and the Republic of Korea in the development and implementation of the climate change policy at national, EU and international level. They then will adopt final conclusions.


On the 12 April 2018, the Labour Market Observatory will hold a conference on the topic of the long-term unemployment. Following the 2016 Council's recommendation on this subject, the aim is to assess the current situation and discuss about the outcome of LMO's project to evaluate the implementation of the recommendation in the EU Member States. Participants will include representatives of the European Commission, social partners, the EESC groups on disabilities and Roma.

European dialogue on non-state climate action

This event aims to present the outcomes of the EESC opinion on Boosting climate actions by non-state actors and operationalise  the proposed dialogue. It will include both plenary sessions and participatory workshops focusing on thematic areas bringing together experts from national and subnational governments, the private sector, financial institutions and leading international and civil society organisations.

03/05/2018 04/05/2018

The members of the Committee will discuss the latest developments in EEA as well as EU/EFTA issues. The Consultative Committee will adopt two resolutions on:

  • the social aspects of the Mobility Package ("Europe on the move")
  • the work-life balance

To celebrate Europe Day, the EESC will open it's doors to the public on Saturday 5 May from 10.00 to 18.00.

It will be a unique opportunity for citizens to discover the only institution representing Organised Civil Society in Europe (employers, workers and various interests groups) works.

Throughout the day, the public will have the opportunity to discover the EESC and exchange views with it's members to understand their role in the EU's decision-making process.

Some interactive games on the EU or the EESC will be organized as well as some activities for the youngest.

Venue: rue Belliard 99-101, 1000 Bruxelles
Opening hours: 10h00-18h00


The hearing is part of the EESC follow-up work related to its opinion on Improving the effectiveness of EU policies for SMEs, adopted in July 2017.

The main objective of the hearing will be to debate the effectiveness and efficiency of EU policies for SMEs and gather valuable input and feedback from Lithuanian stakeholders on the matter with a view to finding ways in which they can be improved. Particular emphasis will be put on the recommendations that have been outlined in the EESC opinion with the aim of implementing them at national level.