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The EU´s Taxonomy Regulation establishes a framework to facilitate sustainable investment. According to the EESC, the EU taxonomy should be aligned with a holistic approach including environmental as well as social sustainability. An operationally viable and conceptually sound EU taxonomy would help to meet the urgent investment needs in the social field by channelling investments in that direction. With this hearing, the EESC wants to shed light on the idea of a social taxonomy, with the objective of stimulating the debate and come up with concrete suggestions. Conclusions will feed into an EESC own initiative opinion, currently in the drafting stage.

Social taxonomy: challenges and opportunities
Consumers and Environment Category

The aim of the conference is to look at how the European Union can be more active in this area, especially through better cooperation among the key stakeholders. The conference will take place in a hybrid format.

Hybrid meeting via Teams

The EU DAG received an update from DG Trade on the implementation of the TSD Chapter and the follow-up of the recommendations of the Panel of Experts. The EU DAG members also discussed the elaboration of a desk study as well as the preparation of the upcoming joint meetings with the Korean counterparts to take place this autumn. Other items on the agenda were the update of the Rules of Procedure of the DAG and the preparation of the next All DAGs' meeting.


In the presence of Professor Andrea Renda, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President of the European Commission, H.E. Mr Vsevolod Chentsov, Head of Mission of Ukraine to the EU, Marta Barandiy, Promote Ukraine, and Mariya Korolchuk, Funky Citizens.

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The webinar on "Bauhaus at the service of citizens" aims at inserting the values of services of general interest in relation with social and health services, assistance for the elderly, etc. into the Bauhaus project approach. This does not only concern the building, but also the destination of this building and its insertion in the living environment of European citizens: health services or services for the elderly will not be the same, and in the same buildings.

Logo of webinar Bauhaus at the service of citizens
Extraordinary meeting of the Bureau of the Civil Society Organisations' Group

On 9 June in Tullamore, Ireland, the Civil Society Organisations' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee in partnership with Irish Rural Link, will organise a conference on the topic of the 'Just Transition'.


The EESC is organising a virtual public hearing which will feed into its own-initiative opinion on “The EU Youth Test”. This opinion will look at how youth engagement can be fostered to bring a youth perspective into policy-making at all levels.

The aim of the hearing is to find out more about the experience of Member States already implementing the Youth Test and to look at youth participation in the context of Europe's future.

Your participation and input are most welcome!


On 8 June 2022, the EESC will hold a remote public hearing on "Enhancing labour mobility to support economic recovery".

The reallocation of workers across Member States provides opportunities for exchanges and skills transfer. Mobility also allows for improvements in the economic circumstances of those whose skills or aspirations are a poor match for the job in which they find themselves. The hearing will represent a key contribution to the own-initiative opinion on the topic.

Invited speakers include representatives of the European institutions, of the social partners, as well as other civil society organisations.


The Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (known by its French acronym of CCMI, Commission consultative des mutations industrielles) became part of the European Economic and Social Committee in 2002; therefore 2022 marks its 20th anniversary. On this occasion a conference will be held on the 8th of June to jointly reflect on its future.