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    The event aims at bringing together governments, social partners and civil society to help each other in the definition and implementation of the Council recommendation ‘Upskilling pathways: new opportunities for adults’ adopted in December 2016.

  • The European Economic and Social Committee will in 2019 issue an opinion from the perspectives of organised civil society on the New EU Forest Strategy: for forests and the forest sector in the light of the Commission's progress report. This public hearing will host representatives of concerned organisations within the EU and outside to share views from anywhere in the spectrum of organised civil society.

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    543rd Plenary Session - with Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, Thursday 16 May at 9.15 a.m. and at 10.15 a.m. a debate on anti-Semitism, with Raya Kalenova, (European Jewish Congress), Michał Bilewicz (Centre for Research on Prejudice - University of Warsaw), Joël Kotek, professor at the Free University.

  • Extraordinary meeting of Group III

    On the 7th of May the Diversity Europe Group of the EESC organised its Extraordinary Meeting in Bucharest. This high level conference took place at the Atrium of the National Library, and its topic was 'A Europe of Shared Values and Civil Society'. 

  • Together with the other EU institutions in Brussels, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)  opened its doors on Saturday 4 May in celebration of Europe Day. This year the Open Day was about choosing your future: the European elections on 23-26 May are your chance to have a say on who makes big decisions that affect your daily life. Pledge to vote and take responsibility for the future at!

  • The event will focus on how the EU and its Member States can contribute to the implementation of the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. The first panel will cover the views of relevant institutional stakeholders on what can and should be done at European level. The second panel will focus on the role that social partners and civil society organisations can play in working towards achieving the compact's objectives.

  • The Labour Market Observatory of the EESC has organised a conference entitled "Solidarity between generations: a focus on ageing workers " on the 30 April 2019, at the EESC.

    10 years after the first European Day of Solidarity between Generations (29 April 2009), we looked into the concept of solidarity and cooperation between generations, for a fairer and sustainable labour market. We put the focus on the situation of ageing workers and the preconditions for them to stay active in the new world of work. That was particularly timely, as discussions contributed to the drafting of an ongoing SOC/624 opinion on "Changing world of work and ageing workers".

    We have been honoured to have excellent speakers from many key organisation in this field: European Commission (DG EMPL and DG RTD), the European Youth Forum, AGE Platform Europe, EIGE (European Institute for Gender Equality), European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), Lifelong Learning Platform (LLL), the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA), EU-OSHA (European Agency for Safety and Health at Work), Eurofound (EU Agency for the improvement of living and working conditions), BusinessEurope and L'outil en main (France).

    The event was chaired by the President of the LMO - Krzysztof Pater, and the Vice-Presidents of the LMO: Cinzia del Rio and Vladimíra Drbalová.

    Many thanks to our speakers and participants for their contributions!

  • The 15th meeting of the EU Advisory Group for the EU-Central America Association Agreement took place on 29 April 2019 in Brussels. Please click on the programme tab to consult the topics on the agenda.

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    The EESC organised its 7th Western Balkans Civil Society Forum in Tirana on 16-17 April 2019.

    The main topics on the agenda were the role of civil society organisations in promoting regional cooperation (trade and investment, connectivity and people to people relations), the state of social dialogue, as well as enabling civic space in the Western Balkans.

    It brought together approximately 180 participants, including a broad range of civil society representatives from the EU and the Western Balkans, as well as representatives of EU institutions, international organisations and governments of the region.

    Luca Jahier, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, Sokol Dedja, Deputy Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Angelina Eichhorst, Director for Western Europe, Western Balkans and Turkey at the European External Action Service (EEAS), and Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, participated in this major event.

    A final declaration with recommendations from civil society organisations was issued at the end of the event.

  • The public hearing on "Towards a more resilient and sustainable European economy with a vision for completing EMU" to be held on Friday, 12 April 2019, starting at 11.30 a.m., will discuss from a wider civil society perspective the future of the European economy and the political initiatives and decisions that need to be taken during the upcoming legislative term and beyond. Taking into account the conclusions of the debate, the EESC will draw up two own-initiative opinions, entitled "Towards a more resilient and sustainable European economy" and "A new vision for completing the Economic and Monetary Union", to be forwarded to the new European Parliament and European Commission.