Labelled events are events that are included in the French Presidency's activity calendar and get political, logistical and financial support from the Presidency. These events will take place throughout France and abroad. The EESC will be organising or co-organising eight events that have been awarded this French Presidency label.
5th April 2022 - To what extent is Europe cohesive or divided from an economic, social and territorial point of view in the context of the pandemic? – ECO
In the light of the 8th Cohesion Report, civil society wishes to study the extent to which Europe is cohesive or divided from an economic, social and territorial point of view in the context of the pandemic. The Commission's report assessed the progress in reducing economic, social and regional disparities in the EU and how national and EU policies have contributed to this. The EESC wishes to co-organise an event in France with all stakeholders and representatives of French civil society to discuss how these disparities have or have not increased due to COVID-19 and how civil society organisations have made an effective contribution to the inclusion of all vulnerable people.
Link to the website of the event: Towards an inclusive, sustainable, strengthened and efficient cohesion policy in Europe: the views of European civil society | Europe en France, the european funds portal in France (europe-en-france.gouv.fr)
This major event will take place in Strasbourg, bringing together, for the first time since the launch of the Action Plan for the Social Economy, European and institutional actors, as well as social economy practitioners. Together, they will address key issues such as the implementation of the Action Plan, the key role of the social economy in implementing the European Green Deal and achieving inclusive and equitable growth, and the birth of a global movement for the recognition - as well as the financing - of the social economy. Due to the pandemic, the event will be organised as follows:
- 17 February (hybrid format in Strasbourg and in Paris) there will be the presentation of the Action Plan, as well as the first ever informal meeting of the EU Council of Ministers responsible for the Social Economy, gathered on the initiative of the French State Secretariat for the Social Economy;
- 10 March, (hybrid format), a debate will be held in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, on the contribution of the social economy to the Conference on the Future of Europe; (iii) lastly, also in the capital of Alsace, this time with an in-person format;
- 5-6 May will be devoted to conferences, workshops, thematic spaces for debate and participation, as well as 'ethical circuits' in the region.
1 and 2 March - Sustainable products for sustainable consumption (European Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference) – INT
The European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP) is a joint initiative of the EESC and the European Commission to provide a "network of networks" to support a stakeholder-driven transition from a linear to a circular economic model. There are three pillars to this platform: an interactive website, a Coordination Group, and an annual conference. This year, the conference plans to show how the circular economy contributes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG), particularly Goal 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production.
As with peace and war, climate change and the energy transition will directly affect our common future. They will shape our values, humanity and survival. They will determine our decisions on socio-economic policy, geopolitics and participatory democracy. We must begin by urgently delivering on our common promises. This conference is structured around the following topics: Changing mind-sets in the 21st Century, Working together in partnership, Transforming rhetoric into action, Protecting the most vulnerable. Conclusions and recommendations
In 2020, the European Commission presented its Communication on A new industrial strategy for Europe, which aims to support the twin transition to a green and digital economy, make European industry more competitive globally and strengthen Europe's strategic autonomy. Between June 2021 and March 2022, the EESC is holding a series of events on updating the new industrial strategy. Each event addresses a specific aspect of this strategy. The conference in March 2022 will close this series of events by bringing together the main decision-makers of the European institutions, the French presidency and civil society stakeholders to take stock of EESC activities, explore ways of making the transition, and demonstrate the essential role of civil society organisations in its implementation.
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us in unprecedented ways. The lateness and inadequacy of the response has had a devastating impact in terms of the number of deaths, social consequences and damage to the global economy. The pandemic is continuing to put enormous pressure on health systems, in particular on the health workforce, and has deepened inequalities both within and between countries and exposed a lack of preparedness in the EU for health crises. The aims of the conference will be to look into possible actions to exit this crisis, to prevent the next health threat from spiralling out of control and turning into a pandemic, and to build stronger and more resilient health systems for the future.
1st quarter 2022 - To what extent is Europe cohesive or divided from an economic, social and territorial point of view in the context of the pandemic? – ECO
In the light of the 8th Cohesion Report, civil society wishes to study the extent to which Europe is cohesive or divided from an economic, social and territorial point of view in the context of the pandemic. The Commission's report will assess progress in reducing economic, social and regional disparities in the EU and how national and EU policies have contributed to this. The EESC wishes to co-organise an event in France with all stakeholders and representatives of French civil society to discuss how these disparities have or have not increased due to COVID-19 and how civil society organisations have made an effective contribution to the inclusion of all vulnerable people.
April 2022 - Sustainable trade at the service of citizens and future generations – REX
The EESC wishes to offer stakeholders the possibility of exchanging and breaking down silos, with a view to promoting new ideas and pointers for achieving sustainable development through trade. The objective of the conference will be to formulate recommendations from civil society regarding the reform of the 15-point action plan on trade and sustainable development. The recent EESC opinion would serve as a basis to fuel the debates. The conference will be structured around the bilateral dimension and TSD chapters (on Trade and Sustainable Development), as well as the other dimensions: autonomous measures and coherence at the multilateral level.
10 May 2022 - The sustainable economy we need for Europe's resilience and a European Green and Social Deal – NAT
The demand for a structural rebalancing between the economy, and the social and the environmental spheres has never been as pressing as it is today. The EESC has suggested that the future French presidency of the Council of the EU jointly organise a major political event on the advent of the welfare/wellbeing economy. This event will aim to bring together EU policy-makers to lay the foundations for a roadmap to establish a new policy framework for the welfare economy. It will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Club of Rome report on The Limits to Growth and will involve a large number of civil society players and organisations that are involved in promoting a sustainable welfare/wellbeing economy.
Energy poverty is high on the EESC's agenda, as more and more Europeans are at risk of finding it difficult to access essential energy, in particular due to rising energy costs. Following the high-level public conference on the theme of Energy poverty at the crossroads between the European pillar of social rights and the Green Pact for Europe, which took place held on 20 April 2021 at the EESC, a follow-up conference on fuel poverty will be held on 21 April 2022. The EESC will call for a comprehensive and coherent European political strategy to combat energy poverty, and will try to galvanise stakeholders and civil society organizations towards the goal of zero energy poverty by 2030.