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Hearing - 9 November 2017 from 9:30 to 13:00 in Sofia, Bulgaria

The European Economic and Social Committee is organising a hearing as part of its follow-up work related to its opinion on Improving the effectiveness of EU policies for SMEs, adopted in July 2017.

The main objective of the hearing is to debate the effectiveness and efficiency of EU policies for SMEs and gather valuable input and feedback from Bulgarian stakeholders on the matter with a view to finding ways in which they can be improved. Particular emphasis will be put on the recommendations that have been outlined in the EESC opinion with the aim of implementing them at national level.

09/11/2017

On 8 November 2017, the second meeting of the EU-Chile Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), established by the EU-Chile Association Agreement was held in Brussels. The members discussed topics of interest for both parties, such as the role of civil society in the modernisation of the Association Agreement and the Sustainable Development Agenda and adopted a Final Declaration.

The JCC is made up of eighteen members, nine from the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and nine from Chilean civil society organisations. It is co-chaired by Lidija Pavic-Rogošic, EESC member, and Abraham Armijo Cáceres, Vice-president of Central Autónoma de Trabajadores of Chile.

08/11/2017

During the meeting, the EU DAG discussed with a representative of the European Commission the preparation for the meetings with Korea under the trade and sustainable development chapter, as well as about the current business environment in Korea and presentation of the white paper of the European Chamber of Commerce in Korea. Preparations of the 6th meeting of the EU-Korea Civil Society Forum in Seoul were also discussed.

08/11/2017
Responding to political and ethical challenges of global climate change

A concept of Climate Justice frames global climate change as a political and ethical issue, not strictly an environmental one. It recognises that the poorest, most vulnerable people regularly suffer the greatest impacts of climate change even though they produce the least emissions that drive it. This Side Event will present practical options to address climate justice in a socially equitable manner. It will highlight EU success stories and opportunities for collaboration and the sharing of good practices with other UNFCCC parties.

08/11/2017

The Consultative Committee (CC) is one of the 5 institutions foreseen in the EU-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement. The CC is composed of 40 (25 from the CARIFORM side and 15 from  the EU side)  standing representatives of organisations of the civil society  representing employers' organisations, trade unions, other economic, social and non-governmental organisations, including development and environmental organisations; and the academic community.

06/11/2017 07/11/2017
From crisis management to everyday practice

This joint LMO – European Commission conference aimed at 1) looking at the lessons learned from all the recent efforts for the labour market and social integration of refugees; 2) discuss on how these developments can be used to address other challenges across EU societies and labour markets, notably for giving more opportunities to other vulnerable or disadvantaged groups. 

The event included plenary sessions as well as parallel workshops to allow fruitful discussions between policy makers, experts and civil society representatives.

06/11/2017
EESC Building - room VMA 3 - rue Van Maerlant 2, 1000 Brussels

The EESC is organising a public hearing on "Air Traffic Management continuity in an Open and Connected Europe". This hearing is part of the Committee's work on opinion TEN/641 Aviation: An Open and Connected Europe. In the presence of the EC's Director-General Henrik Hololei and Filip Cornelis, Director of Aviation Policy, the Committee will bring together key stakeholders from the aviation sector, trade unions, regulators, and passenger associations, to take stock of the current situation in terms of service continuity and to explore ways forward that create added value for all stakeholders and high quality services in Europe's aviation sector. The event will allow stakeholders to come together and formulate concrete ideas that could positively impact the ongoing work on the EESC opinion.

06/11/2017
9:00-13:00 Room JDE 63

In the light of the agreement in principle reached in July 2017 between the EU and Japan on an Economic Partnership Agreement, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)'s Follow-up Committees on International Trade and Japan are taking the opportunity to organise a half-day joint seminar. The seminar aims at examining the significance of the EU-Japan Agreement in the global context, reflecting on the role that civil society may play in the implementation of such agreement, and aims to assess possible challenges and benefits for different stakeholders (the business community, workers, farmers, consumers, etc.).

26/10/2017

Digital innovation and technology are changing today's society by giving new opportunities for businesses, governments and citizens in a wide range of sectors including industry, health, social media, e-services, data etc. The digital world moves fast. Is the EU single market perfectly adapted to the digital era? It is important for Europeans to reflect on how the EU can take advantage of the digital revolution in order to remain competitive and create more jobs. Estonia, as a leader in ICT and digital services is the perfect location to raise these questions.

25/10/2017

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