• In the context of the upcoming European elections in June 2024, the high-level discussion at the NAT section meeting on 26 February will contribute to set the agenda of the new Commission. Building on previous EESC opinions and events on "The sustainable economy we need" and "Beyond GDP measures", the debate will feed into the own-initiative opinion on A Blueprint for a European Green and Social Deal, based on a wellbeing economy.

  • "Meet the champions of excellence" is a flagship event of the European Year of Skills, jointly organized by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the European Commission. It will show inspiring skills of young people and highlight the value of vocational education and training as an effective learning and career path.

    1. CRM Act: state of play, challenges and opportunities
    2. Can the CRM enhance Europe's economic security while promoting the respect of social and environmental standards globally?
  • Die Sorgen der Menschen in Europa, insbesondere der wirtschaftlich schwächsten Gruppen, angesichts der Verfügbarkeit, Zugänglichkeit und Nachhaltigkeit einer geeigneten Wohnung werden immer größer. Viele EU-Bürgerinnen und -Bürger und Haushalte haben mit übermäßig hohen Wohnkosten zu kämpfen. Die Wohnkosten machen dabei den größten Anteil am privaten Verbrauch aus und stellen eine übermäßige Belastung dar, was zu Lasten anderer Grundbedürfnisse geht. Der Zugang zu erschwinglichem und geeignetem Wohnraum ist jedoch sowohl eine soziale Notwendigkeit als auch ein soziales Recht und einer der 20 wesentlichen Grundsätze der europäischen Säule sozialer Rechte. Dieses Recht gerät jedoch durch die diversen Krisen, mit denen die EU in den letzten Jahren konfrontiert ist, immer wieder in Bedrängnis.

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    585th plenary session with the following guests: Maroš Šefčovič, EC Executive VP for European Green Deal, Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight; Dubravka Šuica, VP of EC and Commissioner for Democracy and Demography and Tatiana Molcean, Under-Secretary General of the UN, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE); Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania and Milojko Spajić, Prime Minister of Montenegro.



    The Commission is proposing a new growth plan for the Western Balkans based on four pillars, aimed at:

    1. Enhancing economic integration with the European Union’s single market, subject to the Western Balkans aligning with single market rules and opening the relevant sectors ....


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    CEDEFOP and the EESC are jointly organizing the "Fifth Policy learning forum on Upskilling pathways: a vision for the future". The Forum is organised in a context where all adults, regardless of their socio-economic background, labour market status and qualifications deserve the opportunity to constantly update and acquire new skills to keep up with rapidly changing work realities, manage ever more frequent transitions in the labour market and to thrive in their personal lives and career.

  • The EESC organised a public hearing in the process of drafting its opinion (INT/1039) on the Commission's 2023 Strategic Foresight Report (SFR) focusing on 'Sustainability and people's wellbeing at the hearth of Europe's Open Strategic Autonomy"

  • FRRL Group-SOC773 Hearing

    The European Commission announced the Defence of Democracy Package as a way to promote free and fair elections, to fight disinformation, and to develop civic space and citizen participation. The initiative has raised much interest but also concerns amongst civil society actors fearing that aspects addressing interference from non-EU countries could affect civic space. Participating stakeholders are invited to discuss the content of the package to feed into the related EESC opinion.

  • Public debate on reforms for a more resilient EU economy for all in the context of the upcoming 2024 Elections for the European Parliament.