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The agenda and all information regarding this plenary session will be available soon. You will be able to follow all the debates by web streaming.

22/01/2020 23/01/2020

During its mission to Japan this year, the EU-Japan Follow-up Committee will build on its former work in order to further strengthen its cooperation with its well-established network of organisations.

Several bilateral meetings with economic and social stakeholders and Japanese authorities will take place, and a roundtable discussion will be organised on "Circular economy – what needs to be done?".

In relation to the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the Follow-up Committee will pave the way for the work of the Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs) under the trade and sustainable development chapter of the EPA and take part in the first Joint Dialogue with civil society in the framework of the same agreement. It will also measure the preliminary benefits of the agreement as a whole.

27/01/2020 31/01/2020

The EESC trainees with the support of the Sustainable Development Observatory (SDO) and the Directorate B for Legislative Works will host a public meeting aimed at offering a comprehensive approach to biodiversity in day-to-day life by engaging with a wide range of stakeholders and, in particular, youth.

29/01/2020
Mainstream Biodiversity – the way to go!

The incoming Croatian Presidency has requested the EESC to draft an opinion on the topic of "The effects of campaigns on participation in political decision-making".

In view of the European elections and campaigns aimed at informing European citizens conducted by the institutions of the European Union and the Member States, a public hearing will be held in the morning of Wednesday 5 February, at the EESC. The aim of the hearing is to examine the current state of play and lessons learned from the May 2019 elections, and to look at the ways forward, i.e. how to enhance participation and disable disinformation of European citizens..

05/02/2020
The effects of campaigns on participation in European political decision-making: opportunities and threats

This event is aiming to engage a broad range of civil society organisations to discuss the core messages of the SOER 2020 report and their implications for actions in support to ongoing policy processes (i.e. the European Green Deal, the next EU environment programme, Horizon Europe, etc.). 

12/02/2020
SOER2020 Event, 12 February 2020

The EESC ECO Section is organizing a public hearing on "The collaborative economy - data exchange with tax authorities" to be held in Tallinn on 13 February 2020. This event contributes to the preparatory work for the opinion ECO-500.

The EESC is of the view that in the fast-paced development of the collaborative economy requires an update how tax related information exchange is organised. Furthermore, the need for transparency and reporting to authorities both from the businesses providing the platforms and from the consumers using them has been raised by governments. In particular, tax authorities are demanding that they gain access to information for taxation purposes.

13/02/2020
Active Citizenship for Full Democracy

The European Economic and Social Committee and the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council wish to hold a joint information seminar on the European Citizens' Initiative. The aim of the seminar is to present the ECI, as well as the work done by the EESC in this field, and to exchange experiences of initiatives undertaken at national and European level to better understand and manage the impact of citizen-led campaigns on the actions and decisions of legislators.

18/02/2020
Affiche du séminaire sur l'initiative citoyenne européenne

ECI Day is an annual conference that has organised by the EESC and its civil society partners since 2012, the year in which the first ECI Regulation 211/2011 was published. The 2020 (ninth) edition will be marked by a major development, which is the entry into force of the new Regulation introducing substantial improvements and simplifications to the ECI procedure. However, the conference will go beyond the text of the Regulation and present a more global view of citizens' participation in general, with a view to putting the ECI in the context of topical societal developments and the debate on the Future of Europe. The EESC will organise an interactive panel with researchers and/or authors on citizens' participation in the era of new technologies and more deliberative patterns in public consultations in order to allow for an open debate on present-day and future participation.

25/02/2020

The European Economic and Social Committee will hold a conference to shape the new EU agenda for disability rights 2020-2030 on 26 February 2020 in the EESC's premises.

The aim of the conference is to present the EESC's proposal for the new strategy at a crucial moment in the EU landscape. With a new European Commission, a new European Parliament and a new budget programming period, it is now the perfect timing for a new Disability Strategy that fully takes into account the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCPRD), the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The conference will tackle various areas of work of the EU, drawing attention to the crosscutting character of disability rights.

Your presence and input are most welcome!

26/02/2020

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