The EU-Montenegro Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) held its 2nd meeting on 9th April in Podgorica, Montenegro. The JCC enables civil society organisations from the two sides to monitor the accession negotiations of Montenegro to the European Union, and to adopt recommendations for Montenegro's government and the EU institutions. The main topics on the agenda have been the situation of Human Rights in Montenegro as well as the EU acquis on education and culture.
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In 2013, the European Citizens' Initiative Day brought together stakeholders and organisers of initiatives in order to discuss the first year of the citizens' initiative, its first problems and successes, and prepare the revision of the regulation in 2015.
Atypical work refers to employment relationships not conforming to the standard or "typical" model of full-time, regular, open-ended employment with a single employer over a long time span. The purpose of the LMO conference, co-organised with the Polish Ministry for Labour and Social Policy, is to examine these kinds of atypical employment and various EU level and national level attempts to deal with them. What has been done? Have the desired effects been reached? What are the future challenges?
Conference on water use in agriculture. Participants will exchange experience and discuss solutions towards increasing water productivity and improving the resilience of rural landscapes to extreme water events. They will also look at water pricing and other economic tools aimed at more efficient water use in agriculture.
The Anna Lindh Foundation, the European Commission's biggest partner for the implementation of civil society programmes in the Euromed region, organised the second edition of the Anna Lindh Forum. The 2013 Forum has been the largest gathering of civil society organisations from the Mediterranean region since the Arab awakening. The event which was hosted by the city of Marseille brought together more than 1 000 civil society representatives.
On Monday 25 March, the NAT Section will hold a conference "Ready for the future?" to discuss how the bioeconomy can promote the development of a more innovative, more resource-efficient and more competitive society.
The Europe 2020 Strategy sets out a number of new goals in terms of employment, innovation, education, social inclusion, climate and energy. Yet when it comes to achieving the targets set out in the Europe 2020 Strategy, the starting points of men and women are quite different. On Friday 22 March 2013, the EESC will be presenting its own-initiative opinion on "The gender dimension in the Europe 2020 Strategy" and will be discussing its view on this fascinating subject. Your input will be most welcome.
488th Plenary session • Statement by Staffan Nilsson, President of the EESC • Presentation by Anna Maria Darmanin, Vice-President of the EESC, on the results of the "Video Challenge" • Speech by Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Energy, at 3 p.m. on Wednesday 20 March • Speech by Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso, President of the Committee of the Regions, on Thursday 21 March at 11 a.m.
The EESC Follow Up Committee for the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) examined how the EIDHR addresses gender equality and women's rights, and discuss challenges affecting its implementation with the purpose of identifying ways to enhance the support to women in the fulfilment of their rights.
Is migration in Europe merely a source of problems? Or does it contribute to growth and demographic stability? Join the debate and listen to our high-level speakers and experts at the joint conference on Migration: a source of wealth and duties for Europe (organised by the EESC, CoE and French CES) on 15 March!