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    The EESC organised its Sixth Western Balkans Civil Society Forum in Sarajevo on 10-11 July 2017.

    The main topics on the agenda were the role of civil society organisations in promoting sustainable growth and employment, migration in the Western Balkans, freedom of expression and media, as well as rights and empowerment of women.

    It brought together a broad range of civil society representatives from the EU and the Western Balkans, as well as representatives of EU institutions, international organisations and governments of the region.

  • Following on from its work on the the circular economy, the functional economy and the collaborative economy and the successful joint conference on the New Economy Models and Social Innovation, on 30 June the EESC is organising a public hearing to gather practical examples of how the EU can create policies to foster a more sustainable economic, social and environmental system through these new models.

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    The 15th EU-China Civil Society Round Table will take place in Beijing from 28 to 30 June 2017. To mark this anniversary edition of the Round Table – it has been 10 years since it was first set up – an overarching theme, “Partnership for Growth, Civilization of mutual benefit”, was chosen. Thematic session will examine key aspects of this partnership.

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    In the framework of the Civil Society days, the EESC is hosting a comics' exhibition.

    The European and Transatlantic Dialogue Programme of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom ( asked comic artists from all over the world what their understanding of Europe is and what they imagine Europe to look like in 50, 100 or even 200 years.


  • Podiumsdiskussion zur Stellungnahme des Europäischen Wirtschafts- und Sozialausschusses (EWSA) zur Gemeinwohlökonomie

    Der Europäische Wirtschafts- und Sozialausschuss (EWSA) veranstaltet eine Podiumsdiskussion zum Thema "Nachhaltige Wirtschaft und sozialer Zusammenhalt". Der EWSA als beratendes Gremium der Europäischen Union, in dem europäische Sozialpartner und andere Organisationen der der Zivilgesellschaft vertreten sind, erarbeitete eine Stellungnahme zur "Gemeinwohlökonomie", die im Zuge der Veranstaltung von EWSA Berichterstatter Carlos Trias Pintó vorgestellt wird. Im Anschluss werden politische Umsetzungen, wissenschaftliche Konzepte und praktische Implementierung nachhaltiger Wirtschaftsmodelle  in zwei Podien diskutiert.

  • Shaping the future of Europe

    The objective is twofold: on the one hand, to review the progress made in building an ecosystem for social enterprises and, on the other hand, to see what the next steps are for this enterprise model to be recognized and more widely disseminated. The European Day of Social Economy Enterprises is also an excellent opportunity to give the floor to the actors in the field by bringing together the EESC's institutional partners and a number of sector representatives as well as several stakeholders in order to have a comprehensive view of the situation, create synergies and discuss how to proceed from the creation of an ecosystem to a systemic change at European level.


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    Opportunities arising from the restructuring of the European offshore oil and gas industry in the circular economy

    Opportunities arising from the restructuring of the European offshore oil and gas industry in the circular economy

    The European Economic and Social Committee's Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) and The European Parliament are organizing a two-part event to follow-up and consolidate earlier work on shipbreaking and the recycling society.

    The first part of this event will take place at the European Economic and Social Committee on 22nd June.

    The second part of this joint event will be a conference on 28th June in the European Parliament in Brussels.

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    The Europe we strive for

    "The Europe we strive for" will be organised civil society's call for a new political impulse to relaunch the EU on the basis of our values and roots.

    It will focus on four themes:

    • Populism, and how to develop a counter-narrative through education and culture;
    • Technological revolution: transforming work, minds and society;
    • Empowerment of civil society organisations, rights and the shrinking space for civil society;
    • Urban and rural dimensions, moving towards more social and territorial cohesion.


  • In the framework of the preparation of its own-initiative opinion, the Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion (ECO) organised a public hearing Wealth Inequality in Europe: the Profit-Labour Split, on Friday, 23 June 2017, at the EESC premises, starting from 10 a.m. The objective of the hearing was to gain contributions and insights on this topic from various stakeholders and expert, with a view to channelling these findings into the EESC opinion.

  • Extraordinary Group III Bureau Meeting

    On 23 June 2017, the Bureau of the Various Interests' Group of the EESC held an extraordinary meeting at Ballymascanlon Hotel in Dundalk, Ireland.
    The Bureau discussed the direct repercussions of "Brexit" on Ireland, its border, trade and communities.

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