The EU-Africa economic and social stakeholders' network will first deal with the up-coming EU-Africa Action Plan for the period 2018-2020. The annual meeting will specifically address migration and economic issues, focusing on the implications for young people. The youth focus is essential as young people clearly represent an increasingly important proportion of African populations. Moreover, youth unemployment in both Africa and Europe is a shared concern of economic and social actors. It is helping to feed migration flows, especially for young Africans who are facing a lack of prospects.
1st Meeting of the Follow-up Committee - mandate 2018-2020
During the meeting, the members of the Domestic Advisory Group (DAG) of the EU composed of representatives of employers' organisations, trade unions and various interest group discussed the mandate of the EU DAG, working methods, reporting procedures and cooperation with other civil society organisations, as well as exchanged views on its rules of procedure. Additionally, the members of the EU DAG exchanged views with representatives of the European Commission on matters related to the implementation of the trade and sustainable development title of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA).
During the meeting, the Chair of the EU DAG under the new mandate was elected. The Group also discussed its mandate, working methods, reporting procedures and cooperation with other civil society organisations, as well as exchanged views on its rules of procedure and assess possible amendments . Moreover, the EU DAG discussed with representatives of the EC matters related to the implementation of the EU-Korea FTA under three pillars of sustainable development.
536th Plenary session, with a debate on the modernisation of the European economy: decentralised energy provision, sustainable transport and regional economic development, with Maroš Šefčovič, and the presentation of the priorities of the Austrian presidency, with Gernot Blümel.
The European Economic and Social Committee is organising a public hearing on the Next EU youth strategy in the context of the EESC opinion SOC/589.
The 4th meeting of the EU Domestic Advisory Group under the EU-Ukraine DCFTA took place on 27 June 2018 in Brussels. Please click on the programme tab to consult the topics on the agenda.
The forthcoming period will be decisive for the future of the EU institutions in general, but in particular for the living and working conditions of EU citizens. This is why the Workers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee is organising an extraordinary meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, to discuss the social achievements of the ending Bulgarian EU Presidency and to look ahead at future challenges on the way towards a social Europe for all.
How can we foster the completion of the internal market? How would the strengthening of EMU contribute to ensuring a favourable business environment? What influence will Brexit have on the EU economy? These are just some of the questions that we will set out to address during the conference entitled "The Future of the European Union – Employers' perspectives". The event will take place on 21 June 2018 in Madrid, Spain. The conference is being jointly organised by the Employers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee and the Spanish Confederation of Employers' Organizations (CEOE).
During the 8th meeting of the Domestic Advisory Group for the EU-Colombia, Peru and Ecuador FTA the new President and Vice-Chairs were elected under the new mandate. Members participated in debriefing on past activities and exchanged views on a possible work programme for the new mandate. DG TRADE provided the members with the latest information on the FTA.