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Rewarding enterprises that can demonstrate higher ethical performance

The conference is around the merits and the applicability of a concept for a new sustainable economic model based on core values such as solidarity, human dignity, social justice, environmental sustainability, transparency and democratic participation. This "Economy for the Common Good" is thought to contribute to the transition towards a "European Ethical Market" which will foster social innovation, boost the employment rate and benefit the environment. This model is to be realised within the market economy, it is not opposed to the market economy.

10/11/2015

Islands have special characteristics and therefore face particular problems. However, their very specific situation can also offer opportunities if, with the necessary effort from all parties concerned, policies are developed and implemented which create sustainable growth and, at the same time, job opportunities for the young generation, competiveness and innovation, whilst respecting the environment and cultural heritage. This conference is foreseen in the Smart Islands project, and is aimed at showcasing and discussing best practices to help islands develop in a sustainable and "smart" manner.

06/11/2015

On 4 November in Luxemburg, the EESC and the ESC of Luxembourg will hold a joint conference on "Common social values and principles & social governance". The event's aim is to have key social deliberations endorsed by the Commission and the Luxemburg Presidency: the EESC opinion on "Principles for effective and reliable welfare provision systems", an academic contribution on "Common social values in the EU" and the ESO study "Socializing the European Semester? Economic Governance and Social Policy Coordination in Europe 2020".

04/11/2015

In March 2014 the 1st meeting of the EU-Africa economic and social interest groups network took place in Brussels. Following negotiations with the EESC, this meeting was funded by the Commission's DG DEVCO with the main objective of introducing an 'organised civil society pillar' into the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES). The network was kicked off just in time to offer input to the Africa-EU Summit of April 2014.

The EESC has an interest to keep this network alive in order to contribute and follow up into the JAES from the perspective of organised civil society. Politically the best timing for organising meetings of this network is ahead of relevant summits between EU and African heads of state and/or government.

27/10/2015 28/10/2015

The ex-post evaluation of the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Development (2007-2013) (FP7) was due to be completed by end-2015. Evaluations gathered evidence to assess how well a specific intervention performed and draw conclusions on whether the EU intervention continues to be justified or should be modified.

With a view to ensuring the transparency of the evaluation process and to allow for a wide range of views to be considered, the Commission launched an online public consultation, which ran from February to May 2015.

Further to the analysis of the responses to the public consultation, the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee organized an event to present the results of the FP7 public consultation and to provide a forum for a further exchange of views. This was be held at the EESC premises, in Brussels, on 27 October 2015

27/10/2015

This thematic seminar on "the reindustrialisation of Europe: agriculture – food manufacturing, distribution and commerce " will take place in two location: Milan and Bergamo on the 26 and 27 October 2015 in cooperation with the Italian organizations Confcommercio, Confindustria and Coldiretti.

On the 26 October, the first session in Milan will focus on reindustrialisation in relation to international trade and on the 27 October, the second session in Bergamo will focus more on industrial and innovation aspects.

This seminar will also be an opportunity to discuss the Circular economy and new technologies, as well as novel and greening technologies in agriculture. Participants will include: representatives of the Government, the Chamber of Commerce, academics, business representatives as well as 40 Members of the Employers' Group.

26/10/2015 27/10/2015

The first European Microfinance Day "What if we could turn job seekers into job creators?", is organised on 19-20 October 2015 at the EESC's premises in Brussels in a n partnership of  the EESC with the Microfinance Centre (MFC) and the European Microfinance Network (EMN). It aims to raise awareness of microfinance as a tool to fight social exclusion and unemployment in Europe. A multitude of workshops, debates, expositions, meetings, etc. will take place at local level all across the EU-28.

19/10/2015 20/10/2015

ECO Workshop "Partnership – the key to successful urban development" during the CoR OPEN DAYS 2015, moderated by Mr van Iersel, ECO president.

 

This workshop will look at the cases of Glasgow and Vilnius. The objective of the workshop is to examine the potential opportunities and challenges faced by the cities and how these are determined by their location.

15/10/2015

The conference will focus on the employment of refugees and other beneficiaries of international protection. Having a job will ease social integration, diminish reliance on social benefits and increase the possibility to find decent housing. Employed refugees will contribute to the social security system and their increased spending on consumer goods will be beneficial to the economy as a whole. Over time, this can help European countries to address demographic decline, ageing populations and shortages on the labour market, which will benefit both the refugees' concerned and the host societies.

15/10/2015

Following the publication of the EU Agenda on Migration and fully aware of the importance of the topic for Europe and its civil society, the EESC is preparing an opinion on the "EU Action Plan against migrants smuggling".  In this framework, the EESC organised a public hearing to allow the rapporteur, Ms Brenda King and the member of the study group to gather knowledge from relevant stakeholders.

12/10/2015

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