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How to guarantee European solidarity for patients?

The European Economic and Social Committee organised a major conference on Rare diseases and European reference networks under the auspices of the Spanish Presidency of the EU Council and in cooperation with the authorities of the Basque Country. It took place on 11 October 2023 in the Euskalduna Conference Centre in Bilbao, Spain. 

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The 56th meeting of the Eastern Neighbours Follow-Up Committee will take place on 9 October 2023. During the meeting, a debate will be held on the participation of Ukrainian civil society organisations in European umbrella organisations, as well as on progress made by Georgia towards EU candidate status. Furthermore, the participants will discuss current situation of Belarusian civil society in exile.


The EESC has repeatedly emphasized its support for more genuine sources of own revenue for the EU budget. This has become all the more important in the current higher interest rate environment that has left a gap in the EU budget for the repayment of the money the Union has borrowed on capital markets. The public debate will focus on the Commission´s proposal for a next generation of own resources and the related policy proposals of the EESC.


Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing, that is, investing which takes ESG factors into account when making investment decisions is becoming an important part of mainstream finance. ESG ratings provide an opinion on a company or financial instrument’s sustainability profile or characteristics, exposure to sustainability risks or impact on society and/or the environment. The public debate will discuss the Commission´s legislative proposal to improve the reliability, comparability and transparency of ESG ratings, and the EESC´s related policy proposals.


The 10th meeting of the EU-Georgia Domestic Advisory Group (DAG), and the first meeting of the new 2023-25 term, will take place on 4 October 2023. The DAG will elect a new chair, discuss the progress in implementing the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter and make proposals for a work programme for the new term.

An exhibition organised by the Civil Society Organisations' Group of the EESC in the context of its conference 'EU food sovereignty: the role of agriculture, fisheries and consumers'
26/09/2023 02/10/2023
Extraordinary meeting of the Civil Society Organisations' Group

This is an in-person conference that will be live streamed. Registration for in-person participation is required.

A more democratic and participatory European Semester, in the context of the review of the EU economic governance framework

Enhancing the resilience and sustainability of the EU economy has become more important than ever in light of the challenges that the EU is currently facing: recovering from the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, softening the effects of the war in Ukraine on the EU economy, while tackling inflation, the energy crisis and implementing the digital and green transitions.