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How to speed up the Shift to Renewable Energy in Europe

The Sustainable Development Observatory of  the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will host an online conference with the aim to assess the future development of photovoltaic systems and wind power plants and discuss how to build up the European renewable industry to avoid creating new dependencies. 


As part of its work to prepare an opinion on the Commission package to better protect people from asbestos and ensure an asbestos-free future, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising a hybrid public hearing on 31 October 2022 from 10:00 am to 13 am.
The aim of the event is to gather input from other EU Institutions, civil society and academia on the following questions:

• What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Commission's package?
• What kind of activities do different actors carry out to protect workers from asbestos exposure, and are there any best practices to be shared?
Your participation and input are most welcome!


This hearing will focus on topical questions such as the possible avenues to help MSMEs be well informed and prepared to grasp the opportunities of the transition to climate neutrality, coupling it with the possibilities offered by the digitalisation and hedging the current geopolitical risks. It will also take into consideration the challenges faced by the Belgian companies and the opportunities offered to them if they successfully adjust to the climate neutral and digitalised world.


With the following guests: ​​​Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, Evelyn Regner, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Prof. Leonardo Meeus, and Pegah Moulana, Advocacy Coordinator at Youth and Environment Europe.

Web streaming

26/10/2022 27/10/2022
Youth inclusion: key to successful migrant integration

The European Migration Forum – the dialogue platform on migration, asylum and migrant integration – met for the seventh time on 20-21 October 2022.

20/10/2022 21/10/2022
Mini-hearing as part of the study group meeting on Semiconductors

The EESC is currently working on a new opinion document "Strategic autonomy and semiconductors - Addressing structural shortages and strengthening strategic autonomy in the semiconductor ecosystem".  
The works are conducted through two meetings of a study group. The rapporteurs are Mr. Anastasis Yiapanis and Mr. Guido Nelissen. When ready, this opinion will be transmitted to European Commission, European Parliament and Council for consideration. Our first meeting will take place on 19 October 2022 (9h30-13h), and during this meeting a mini-hearing will take place with six stakeholders so that they can convey their vision of the semiconductors industry.


The EESC is organising a public hearing on "Climate justice and how it is affecting people with disabilities in Europe and in the world" on 19 October 2022.

Climate justice is a concept that addresses the just division, fair sharing, and equitable distribution of the benefits and burdens of climate change and responsibilities to deal with it.

People with disabilities, especially those living in low income countries, are among those most impacted by climate change. In addition, their human rights are most at risk of violation by inappropriate climate action. To avoid this, their meaningful participation in climate policy forums for the development of climate adaptation and mitigation plans is needed.

The aim of the event is to identify necessary steps to reach disability inclusive climate justice.


The 2nd meeting of the EU and the Vietnam Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs), so called DAG-to-DAG meeting established under the Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) chapter of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement, took place on 18 October 2022. This was the first time the members of the respective DAGs met in person, and they exchanged views on the work of the DAGs since the last online meeting in 2021 and discussed the ratification of ILO conventions and global supply chains in the context of due diligence. You may find here the Joint statementThere was also a workshop on the energy transition and the preparations for COP-27.