2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the European Disability Forum (EDF). Founded in 1997, the EDF has grown into a European disability movement with representation in all European Union (EU) Member States and beyond. The EDF has been helping people with disabilities and their representative bodies to come together and speak with one voice. Together with our members and partners, we are fighting for a more inclusive society with equal opportunities for everyone.
How to make digitalization a success? What should be done in order to make sure digital innovation creates decent jobs and improves working conditions? These are the questions that the Workers’ Group had on the agenda for its meeting in Tallinn on 6 October 2017, which was dedicated to digitalisation and its implications for working people.
The setup could not have been chosen more appropriately, as Estonia is considered to be the EU country most advanced in digitalisation and very open to ICT innovation, keen to put new ideas into practice very rapidly. ...
On Friday 6 October, from 9.00-13:00, the Directorate for Translation of the EESC/CoR will be organising a conference for its staff entitled Quality Under the Lens, with the aim of throwing new light on the subject of translation quality.
The conference will aim to bring fresh perspective to the concept of quality in translation, and spark debate, discussion and interest in translation quality assurance among participants.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will celebrate its Ninth meeting of European Union, Latin American and Caribbean Organised Civil Society in Panama City on 3 and 4 October 2017. The meeting will take place within the framework of the preparation of the 9th Summit of Heads of State or Government of the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean and will enable the development of dialogue between civil society organizations in the EU and LAC, promote the strengthening of these organizations and bring to light the point of view of organized civil society before the Heads of State.
The event will bring together 120 participants, including EESC members, organized civil society representatives from Latin American and the Caribbean, as well as guest speakers. The topics for discussion include multilateralism, open and fair trade, and decent work and the preservation of the environment as pillars of sustainable development.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Serbia will hold the 5th meeting of their Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) in Belgrade, Serbia. This civil society platform between the EESC and civil society in Serbia was established within the institutional framework of the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) in order to allow civil society organisations on both sides to monitor the country's accession negotiations. It is also a platform to discuss issues of common interest and to inform the public at large of the challenges ahead during the accession period. Besides the current state of play in EU-Serbia relations and the accession process, main topic of the 5th JCC meeting is: Environmental issues in the areas of energy and transport in Serbia - How to mitigate economic and social impact of industrial pollution and climate change. A common declaration of the JCC will be issued after the meeting.
The EESC Permanent Study Group on Disability Rights is organising a public hearing on the follow-up to the UNCRPD Committee's concluding observations to the EU two years after their publication.
The aim of the event is to offer EU Institutions, DPOs and other civil society organisations the opportunity to discuss the future of the EU Disability strategy after 2020.
In the first part we will focus on the next steps that the European Commission and the members of the EU Framework for the UNCRPD will take, while in the second part we will listen to DPOs good practices, taking examples also from other policy areas.
Your presence and input are most welcome!
The 7th Joint Seminar of the European Economic and Social Committee and the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation (CCRF) will bring together EESC members and representatives of their Russian counterpart, representatives of the European Commission, experts and academics, to discuss cooperation in the areas of higher education and rural development. During four thematic sessions, participants will focus on EU-Russia cooperation in the fields of science, research and innovation; aligning higher education in the EU and Russia (the Bologna Process) and Erasmus+, on narrowing the gaps between rural and urban areas, and on cross-border cooperation for businesses and SMEs.
On the second anniversary of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the European Economic and Social Committee has the pleasure to invite you to a public debate that will explore how the monitoring of implementation of the SDGs should take shape in the EU.
The first ever launch event for the European Day of Sustainable Communities showcased the critical contribution that community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability are making to support EU policy goals in these areas.
528th Plenary Session including a debate with Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the Committee of the Regions, on Thursday 21 September at 9 a.m., and a debate on the state of the Union, with Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, on Thursday 21 September at 11 a.m.
Presentation of the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI): Stop glyphosate with Herman van Bekkem, representative of Greenpeace Netherlands, and David Schwartz, campaign coordinator in Brussels, on Wednesday 20 September at 4.30 p.m.