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Lessons to be drawn from the instrumentalisation of migrants and the war in Ukraine

The meeting of the EESC's Section for External Relations is dedicated to Migration, with a conference being organised in the context of its work on the Commission's Communication Responding to state-sponsored instrumentalisation of migrants at the EU external border (JOIN (2021) 32 final). The Communication responds to the situation that arose in 2021 on the border between Belarus and the EU, but the opinion will also consider the war in Ukraine and its consequences.




The Conference on the Future of Europe, finishing on the 9th of May, has brought together various interests and citizens from all across Europe, and produced important insights and recommendations particularly from Citizens, on the kind of Europe that they want.

The focus of this meeting is to follow up on those recommendations emerged from the Conference, having an interactive debate with various speakers and our members, as well as an open discussion on the next steps to make sure the recommendations are followed through.


The next meeting of the European Economic Area Consultative Committee's will held in Bergen (Norway) on 11 May 2022. Reports and resolutions are prepared on two subjects:

  • a) The social aspects of the Fit for 55 package
  • b) The challenges and opportunities of increased use of artificial intelligence in working life
30th meeting of the European Economic Area (EEA) Consultative Committee

At this 3rd meeting of the EU DAG set up under the TCA, members further discussed and assessed ongoing implementation issues. T


Am Samstag, dem 7. Mai, feiert der EWSA den Europatag 2022 mit einer vollständig virtuellen Veranstaltung und gedenkt der historischen Schuman-Erklärung, mit der der Grundstein für die heutige Europäische Union gelegt wurde.

Wir sind eingeladen, darüber nachzudenken, was mit Frieden, Zusammenarbeit und Solidarität bereits erreicht worden ist und was wir in Zukunft noch erreichen wollen. Bürgerinnen und Bürger aus ganz Europa können sich an diesem Tag über die Institutionen der EU, ihre Arbeitsweise und ihren potenziellen Nutzen informieren.

The way forward towards a more sustainable agriculture

In the context of the 60 years anniversary of the Common Agricultural Policy but also of the terrible war in Ukraine, the NAT section of the EESC will hold a thematic debate with its members, EU institutions and stakeholders to discuss the economic, social and environmental transition needed to ensure European agriculture continues to achieve its objectives in a sustainable and resilient manner.


On 4th May 2022, the EESC will hold a remote public hearing on Decent work worldwide, in the context of the ongoing opinion on the topic. Millions of workers around the world suffer from violations of their labour rights and from poor working conditions. Still today, 160 million children – one in ten worldwide – are in child labour, and 25 million people are in a situation of forced labour. The COVID-19 crisis is deteriorating the working and living situation of workers worldwide, in particular of those most vulnerable. The European Commission's Communication on Decent work worldwide, adopted in February 2022, sets out the internal and external policies the EU uses to implement decent work worldwide, putting this objective at the heart of an inclusive, sustainable and resilient recovery from the pandemic. The hearing will represent a key contribution to the ongoing EESC opinion on "Decent work worldwide".


The hearing will assess the chances and challenges that SMEs face due to the green transition in terms of proper funding and support measures. The Green Deal and the Fit for 55 package affect SMEs through direct requirements or indirectly through increased costs or resources. Some specific groups – such as micro companies, social economy enterprises, crafts and some liberal professions, are especially vulnerable and have less resources and information to secure the successful green transition.