• The focus of current informal discussions in the Council is on how cohesion policy can adjust to the new circumstances following the unforeseen shocks that Europe has faced in the last years without losing its long-term development goals. The Spanish Presidency refers to "Cohesion policy 2.0" in this context, which particularly means that cohesion policy needs to be transformed and become more modern and flexible. Also, it will need to take into account the RRF which will come to an end at some time.

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    580th plenary session  LIVE streaming - With the following guests: Dorin Recean, Prime Minister of Moldova, Olivér Várhelyi, Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Majlinda Bregu, SG of the Regional Cooperation Council, Dubravka Šuica, VP for Democracy and Demography, and Dr Heidrun Mollenkopf, Pres. of the AGE Platform Europe

  • In the context of the European Year of Skills, the EESC's Permanent Group on disability Rights is organising a hybrid public hearing on "Skills for employment for persons with disabilities in the context of the green and digital transition" on 10 July 2023 am ( 9:30  am to 12:30 pm).

    The hearing will look at what could be done to improve and adapt skills of persons with disabilities to the requirements of the labour market in the context of the green and digital transition and to ensure they have access to quality jobs.

  • During the meeting, the EU DAG elected its presidency for the 2023-2025 term and had a tour de table to introduce the respective members and the organisations they represent.

    It was likewise an opportunity for members to receive an update from the European Commission on the implementation of the TSD Chapter and information on the preparations of the meeting of the Committee on Trade and Sustainable Development. The members also discussed EU-Korea relations with a special focus on the outcome of the 10th EU-Republic of Korea summit, held on 22 May in Seoul.

    Other items on the agenda were the Rules of Procedure of the DAG and the preparation of the upcoming Civil Society Forum and the workshop with the Korean counterparts to take place this autumn.

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    The 2023 edition of the Euromed Summit will be dedicated to "Energy transition in the Euro-Mediterranean region". While gas will continue to play an important role in the energy mix on both shores of the Mediterranean, the region is also blessed with great renewable potential – increasingly attracting public and private stakeholders...

  • The agenda of the 10th hybrid meeting of the JCC includes the presentation of the ongoing work objectives, as well as the discussion on the EU-Chile Advanced Framework Agreement, in particular the state of play of the ratification process and the role of the civil society under the renewed deal.

  • Safeguarding youth civil society

    The seminar will be held in English and in a hybrid format.

  • The rise of cross-border teleworking poses challenges to the taxation systems around the world. The increased ability for an employee to telework from another country raises tax issues that affect both employees and employers.

  • The 13th meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform took place on 3 July 2023. During the meeting, a debate focused on assessing the implementation of the seven steps outlined by the European Commission and the state of play of the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, as well as on enhancing the role of civil society in Ukraine's way to the EU. The Platform also discussed the challenges and possibilities for Ukraine today and in the post-war reconstruction, with special focus on green recovery, energy, environment and employment. A joint declaration, prepared by both sides, was discussed and adopted.

  • The EU has adopted a large number of legislative proposals to improve the functioning of the EU financial markets, and especially to complete the Capital Markets Union and the Banking Union. Well-functioning financial markets are essential to mobilise the investments necessary for the green and digital transformations, support growth and job creation, and for the strategic autonomy of the EU.

    With this in mind, EU institutions systematically assess the impact of new financial legislation on investor protection, financial stability, and market integrity. However, there is not a clear roadmap on how to evaluate the impact of policies financial markets' policies on the real economy, for instance, on long-term investment.

    The purpose of this hearing is to discuss on the current framework for assessment and evaluation of EU policies affecting the financial sector and how it can be improved.