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INTERACTIO-7th Meeting of the representatives of African and EU economic and social stakeholders

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Seventh meeting of the EU-Africa Economic and Social Stakeholders' Network originally scheduled in 2020 had been postponed to 2021.

The EESC proposes holding the Seventh meeting of the EU-Africa Economic and Social Stakeholders' Network at the EESC building in Brussels, on 2 March 2021, from 2.30 to 6.15 pm

The meeting will be held virtually from the EESC building in Brussels. The system INTERACTIO will used as it allows simulations interpretation in EN, ES FR and PT, which is the linguistic regime applied to EESC regular activities with Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific (ACP). 



For the 14th time, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Montenegro held the Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC). ge on the challenges ahead during the accession period.

This 14th JCC tackled issues such as:


In the process of building a more sustainable and resilient economy after the economic shock caused by COVID-19, it is crucially important to redirect investment flows. When making investment decisions, we have to increasingly take due account of environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations, alongside the calculations on financial returns. 

Rewarding solidarity initiatives to tackle the Covid-19 emergency and its consequences in Europe

The award ceremony of the EESC Civil Solidarity Prize "Civil society against Covid-19" will take place on Monday 15 February 2021 at 10 a.m.
Follow the ceremony live on
Facebook or Twitter. to get to know the 23 winners and their projects aimed to tackle the Covid-19 crisis and its manifold consequences!


In the framework of the work on the opinion "Tackling non-performing loans in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic', the ECO section decided to organise a hearing to discuss the action plan and to collect the views of various organisations on the topic.

Civil society against COVID-19

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is pleased to announce the 23 winners of its Civil Solidarity Prize, a one-off contest launched as an alternative to the annual EESC Civil Society Prize to reward not-for-profit initiatives carried out by individuals, civil society organisations or private companies to tackle the COVID-19 crisis and its manifold consequences. The awards ceremony took place as a fully remote event on 15 February 2021. 

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The TEN Section held a high-level roundtable on the Renovation Wave Strategy on 11 February 2021 at the occasion of the adoption of its draft opinion TEN/723 A Renovation Wave for Europe by Pierre Jean COULON, Rapporteur and Mr Laurentiu PLOSCEANU, Co-Rapporteur.


Equality and non-discrimination are fundamental rights and core values in the EU, enshrined in its Treaties and in the Charter of Fundamental Rights. "Equal opportunities" is also the first chapter of the European Pillar of Social Rights. However, the Council of the EU continues to block the 2008 Commission proposal for an Equal Treatment Directive, which covers discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Having requested a referral to produce an opinion on this strategy, the EESC is starting by organising a remote public hearing on Thursday 11 February 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 13:00 p.m. to evaluate how the LGBTIQ community continues to be discriminated against and to collect views on how to effectively tackle such discrimination – not only across all EU policies and funding programmes, but also at all other levels and in all domains. Only a cross-cutting approach will solve this problem.