The European Migration Forum – the dialogue platform on migration, asylum and migrant integration – will meet for the sixth time on 27-28 October 2021. Participation in the Forum meeting is by invitation only - the call for interested organisations is now closed.
The 8th meeting of the EU-Moldova Civil Society Platform will take place on 28 October 2021 in the format of a videoconference. During the meeting, a debate will focus on assessing the state of play of the implementation of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement. The social dialogue and prospects for the future in Moldova will also be discussed as well as the minimum wage mechanism.
In order to prepare its own-initiative opinion, the EESC is organising a public hearing on " The EU action for Post COVID-19 period: recovering better through sport " on 28 October 2021.
At this hearing we will explore how the Rule of Law Conditionality Regulation, adopted last year, is taken into account in the ongoing implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility.
GDP is the best-known measure of macro-economic activity. While it is used both by policy-makers around the world and in public debates, it was not designed to be a comprehensive measure of prosperity and well-being. Thus, other indicators are needed to assess and address the global challenges of the 21st century such as climate change, poverty, resource depletion and to promote health and a higher quality of life. Beyond GDP indicators should become instruments to not only monitor and measure, but also to inform policy development, improve communication and encourage target setting. Against this background, the Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion (ECO) of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is currently working on an own-initiative opinion on 'Beyond GDP measures for a successful recovery and a sustainable and resilient EU economy'.
The conference will cover developments in the EU in the area of fundamental rights and the rule of law in 2020-2021. It will offer a space for dialogue amongst stakeholders, in particular the ones which contributed to country visits led by the EESC Fundamental Rights and Rule of Law (FRRL) Group in 2020-2021 and to the first two European Commission Rule of Law Reports published in 2020 and 2021. The discussions during the day, including in parallel breakout sessions, will focus on the four key themes which structure the European Rule of Law Mechanism: Justice, Media, Corruption, Checks and balances.
The conference is being organised by the Diversity Europe Group, in partnership with Civil Society Europe and with the support of the EESC's Civil Society Liaison Group and the Associational Life Category.
Registrations for external participants are open on this page until 26 October 2021 (12.00 noon).
The first-ever legal framework on AI will be in the spotlight of the second edition of the AI stakeholder summit, co-organised by the Digital Transition and Single Market Observatory (EESC) and the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (European Parliament).
The EU and the Vietnam Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs), established under the Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) chapter of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement will meet in a so called DAG-to-DAG meeting on 9 November 2021.
The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (FTA) envisages that DAG members of each Party meet together at a Civil Society Forum to conduct a dialogue encompassing sustainable development aspects of trade relations between the Parties.