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As productivity continues to increase, providing highly-specialised and certified-quality products becomes ever more important for boosting economic well-being, more so than mass low-cost production. Moreover, the increasing focus on the integrated use-value of products and services now offsets the emphasis on the exchange value - the price.
This development is particularly advantageous for European producers: our competitiveness relies on our ability to provide diverse, specialised products, rather than on competing on price against regions with more extended economies of scale. If you wish to be part of the debate on re-orienting production through innovative business practices, we look forward to welcoming you on 3 October.
The European Economic and Social Committee is organizing a hearing as part of its follow-up work on its opinion on ''A European retail sector fit for the 21st century'', which was adopted in December 2018.
The event will take place on 26 September 2019 in Brussels. It is part of a series of follow-up hearings to be held in several EU Member States.
The main objective of the hearing will be to discuss the effectiveness and efficiency of EU retail policies and to collect valuable input and feedback from Finnish stakeholders on the issue in order to find ways to improve these policies. Particular emphasis will be placed on the recommendations presented in the EESC opinion with a view to their implementation at national level.
On 16 September, the Diversity Europe Group will hold its Extraordinary meeting in Helsinki (Finland) - at the Auditorium in Little Parliament (Annex Building of the Parliament).
The meeting entitled Boosting EU competitiveness – 3 pillars for sustainable growth will mainly focus on bioeconomy and climate neutral Europe, digitalization and infrastructure in transport sector.
Stay tuned to get more information!
Theme of the 2019 prize: "More women in Europe's society and economy"
The 2019 prize will reward innovative initiatives carried out by civil society organisations and/or individuals on the territory of the EU which aim to raise awareness of and fight for gender equality in the EU.
The deadline for submitting applications is 6 September 2019, 10 a.m. (CEST).
How have the current EU disability Strategy and other EU's policies and programs influenced the Latvian Disability policy?
What could be changed or improved in the next EU Strategy 2020-2030?
The EESC is organising a public hearing on "Shaping the EU agenda for disability rights 2020-2030" on 23 July 2019, where we will try to give an answer to these questions.
545th plenary session, with the following speakers : Aino-Kaisa PEKONEN, Finnish Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Thursday 18 at 10.30, and Conny REUTER, Co-Chair of Liaison Group of the EESC, Thursday 18 at 11.30. – You will be able to follow all the debates by web streaming.
As in previous years, the EESC will be present at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF), from Tuesday, 16 July, to Thursday, 18 July 2019. The HLPF is the United Nations central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The hearing will discuss the socio-economic causes of the rise of populism in suburban and rural areas.
The 17th meeting of the EU-China Civil Society Round Table will take place in Shanghai, China on 11 and 12 July 2019. In the margins of the Round Table meeting, a tripartite seminar - open to other stakeholders and civil society representatives – will be held on the topic of Urban culture in relation to scientific and technological innovations.