• For the 12th time, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Montenegro held the Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC). The JCC is a civil society platform established between the EESC and Montenegrin civil society. It complements with a civil society point of view the EU institutional framework related to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the EU and Montenegro. This joint institution allows civil society organisations on both sides to monitor the country's accession negotiations. It is also a platform to discuss issues of common interest and to inform the public at large on the challenges ahead during the accession period.

    This 12th JCC was held in Brussels and tackled the following issues:

    • The current state of play in EU-Montenegro relations and the accession process
    • Chapter 3: Right of establishment and freedom to provide services
    • Chapter 24 : Justice, freedom and security, with a special focus on migration
    • Overview of the civil society in Montenegro

    A joint declaration was adopted at the meeting. The joint declaration is distributed to all relevant EU institutions, as well as to the Montenegrin authorities.

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    Euromed Summit 2018

    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 and at discussing the common challenges they face. The Summit brings together aound 120 participants from economic and social councils, or similar institutions, representatives of employers, trade unions, other economic and social interests groups and NGOs from countries which are members of the Union for the Mediterranean (UFM). This year, the exchange will focus on the following topics:

    • Education and Training in the Euro-Mediterranean region
    • Social Economy and entrepreneurship in the Euro Mediterranean region

    The meeting will conclude with the adoption of recommendations that will be sent to the political authorities of the countries involved in the UFM Ministerial Summits and disseminated widely amongst civil society organisations in the region.

    This year's event is co-organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the European Training Foundation  (ETF). The event is co-financed by the European Commission.

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    As in previous years, the EESC was present at the yearly Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – COP24, which took place in Katowice, Poland, from 2-14 December 2018.

  • Rewarding excellence in civil society initiatives

    The EESC is pleased to announce the five winners of the 10th edition of the Civil Society Prize.
    The first prize, of a value of 14.000 EUR, went to Tastes of Danube – Bread Connects (Germany).
    2nd prize: SWANS initiative (Germany), 3rd prize: Eco-Museum by the social cooperative Aria Nuova (Italy), 4th prize: Safe Passage (UK), 5th prize: Balkans Beyond Borders short film festival (Greece).

    The EESC warmly congratulates the winners.

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    539th Plenary Session - With Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, 12 December at 2.30 p.m., for a presentation of the conclusions of the European Commission's high-level multi-stakeholder platform and debate on Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030. Thursday 13 December, Award ceremony for the Civil Society Prize. (Web streaming of the session)

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    During the meeting, the EU Domestic Advisory Group (EU DAG) and civil society representatives from Colombia, Peru and Ecuador discussed implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Title of the Trade Agreement, with a particular focus on respect for international labour and environmental standards. They also discussed economic, social, environmental and human rights impacts resulting from the implementation of the Agreement. The participants reflected moreover on how the civil society from the EU, Colombia,  Peru and Ecuador can cooperate to promote sustainable development in the context of trade relations and prepare for the next joint meeting. The participants adopted a joint declaration summarising outcomes of their discussion and presented it to the Parties during the Open Session with civil society on 12 December.

  • The purpose of this event will be to propose ways to guarantee the appropriate funding needed to achieve the transition to a zero-carbon economy and a sustainable Europe by 2050.

  • This side event addresses two urgent questions. First, how do non-state and subnational climate actions perform? Second, how can such actions be strengthened in order to implement the Paris Agreement, and achieve higher ambition?

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    On 6 and 7 December 2018, the third meeting of the EU-Chile Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), established by the EU-Chile Association Agreement was held in Santiago de Chile. The members discussed topics of interest for both parties, such as investment and cooperation, decent work and informal economy, the Sustainable Development Agenda and proposals to reinforce the role of the Joint Consultative Committee.  They adopted a Final Declaration on these four topics.

    The JCC is made up of eighteen members, nine from the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and nine from Chilean civil society organisations. It is co-chaired by Josep Puxeu Rocamora, EESC member, and Roberto Zúñiga Belauzarán, Director, National Confederation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (CONAPYME).

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    Extraordinary meeting of Group III - Workshop on communication

    On 6-7 December, the Diversity Europe Group held its extraordinary meeting at the EESC premises (VMA Building - Room VMA3). During this meeting entitled 'Bursting Brussels' 'Bubble': How to communicate Your Europe', EESC Group III Members learned more about efficient communication tools in order to become EU 'ambassadors' and to communicate the way they feel about Europe