In February 2015, the European Commission released its communication about the European Energy Union in which it outlines its plans to fundamentally transform Europe's energy system into a system that delivers secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy to European consumers. This public hearing focuses on a key aspect of this transformation, a new design for the energy market, as presented in a recent communication by the Commission. Are the suggested regulatory, technological, and financial measures fit to achieve this transformation, including the integration of decentralized generation and renewables into the energy system? Are they sufficient to empower and put the consumer "at the core" of the EEU?
The Euro-Mediterranean Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions aims at promoting greater understanding of the main issues affecting organised civil society in the Euromed region, discussing the role of civil society in relations with the European Union and enhancing mutual awareness of economic and social realities
On 30 November, the EESC, in cooperation with the Maltese Chamber of Commerce, is organising a conference on "EU industrial policy – does a one-size-fits-all approach work?" The implementation of the EU industrial policy will be discussed, with reference to topics such as innovation, internationalisation and governance. The conference will be an excellent opportunity to analyse the challenges facing Maltese industry in terms of competitiveness. In addition, the event will enable Malta's business and political representatives to speak out their needs and expectations from European and national industrial policies.
The 2015 seminar will not only look at how the EU communicates on development issues, but will also shine the spotlight on people in partner organisations working on development and how they use communication to achieve their goals.
We will look at DG DEVCO's storytelling communication campaign and at the work of civil society, journalists and other actors in communicating on development issues as well as the communication campaign for the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This conference is organised by Confrontations Europe, prominent association which puts forward proposals aimed at reinvigorating economic and social development in Europe, in partnership with the EESC. It will deal with the adaptation of employment, skills and social dialogue to energy and digital change, topics which are high priorities for the EESC, the Commission and the Luxembourg Presidency.
The event should bring together more than 200 representatives of European and national institutions, companies, trade unions, regions, civil society and academic institutions from different EU countries.
The European Economic and Social Committee has started on an exploratory project, whose main objective is to analyze new ways to improve the efficiency of European monetary policy in its impact on industry and real economy, mainly through the collaboration between the European Central Bank and the European Investment Bank.
The main purpose of this project is to collect, elaborate and disseminate information on the legal, technical and economic feasibility of different mechanisms of exchanges of views and cooperation between the Eurosystem and the European Investment Bank (and National Promotional banks and agencies).
Additional dissemination efforts will be the Round Table to be held in Brussels in November 12th and 3 local events in different European regions, one of which is this current event in Bilbao on 20 November 2015.
The civil society, cities and regions expect that necessary ambitious, fair and binding decisions will be adopted at the UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris in December 2015 in the form of a "universal deal". The 19 November conference organized jointly by the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Committee of the Regions aimed to demonstrate the mobilization of civil society, cities and regions for COP 21 and their concrete action on climate as well as promote strong messages contributing to the shaping of the global climate agreement.
On 19 November 2015, Cedefop, Eurofound and the EESC will hold a joint event to present recent findings and initiatives on work organisation and workplace learning. The event will mark the 40th anniversary of Cedefop and Eurofound, EU agencies with a governing structure of employers, trade unions and governments. It will also be an occasion to recognise the EESC’s support in setting up the Agencies as well as its strong tripartite role in EU policymaking.
The European Economic and Social Committee and Cultura contro camorra are jointly organising a Series of Conferences, Debates and Events which will take place between 16-19 November 2015.
What is the role of civil society in the fight against organised crime?
How can we increase the use of confiscated assets for social and cultural purposes?
How can we combat the involvement of organised crime in trafficking of human beings?
The week for fighting organised crime aims to provide an answer to these questions through conferences, debates and cultural events with the participation of policy makers and representatives from European and national authorities and civil society.
The event gathered all main national social partners (business federations and trade unions from the 28 Member States) for a full-day debate on the opportunities and challenges of TTIP for the social partners. The meeting allowed for discussion on concrete topics via plenary sessions and parallel panels. The overall objective of the conference was to inform social partners at the national level about the different aspects of TTIP, to promote a balanced exchange of views and experiences between these different national groups aimed at reaching some common understanding on the TTIP and its repercussions.