As in previous years, the European Economic and Social Committee, as the body representing organised civil society in the EU, will be following the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, from Tuesday, 5 July, to Monday, 18 July 2022. The HLPF is the United Nations central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The objective of this online event - held in the context of the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) - is to take stock of EU progress towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15, in order to come up with a new set of proposals to reinvigorate the EU trajectory through strategic and cooperative approaches.
Presentation of the priorities of the Czech Presidency of the Council, with Jan Lipavský, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Presentation of the priorities of the European Committee of the Regions, with Mr Vasco Alves Cordeiro, President of the European Committee of the Regions, Ensuring gender equality and tackling gender-based violence, linked to the adoption of the SOC/726 opinion on Combatting violence against women and SOC/731 opinion on Gender equality, with Cristina Fabre, Team leader on gender-based violence, European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), New EU-US Trade and Technology Council in action: priorities for business, workers and consumers and necessary safeguards, with Fredrik Erixon, economist and writer, linked to the adoption of the REX/544 opinion, Resolution on the European Economic and Social Comm
The 2nd meeting of the All DAGs (Domestic Advisory Groups) takes place on 12 July 10 a.m. in a Hybrid format at the EESC premises (room JDE52). This is very timely following the recent adoption of the European Commission Communication on the Trade and Sustainable Development Review (TSD). This meeting will look at the state of play and future of the Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs) under the EU Free Trade Agreements, as well as the important role of trade and sustainability in promoting fair and inclusive growth worldwide and resilient supply chains.
In order to examine and reaffirm the societal contribution of volunteers, on 7 July 2022, the Civil Society Organisations' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee will host a conference entitled Volunteers – citizens building the future of Europe, in Gdańsk, Poland. This conference is a part of a three-day mission to Gdańsk - the European Capital of Volunteering 2022.
This conference was co-organised by the European Economic and Social Committee and the Ministry of Economics of Latvia and brought together local, national and European actors to discuss the challenges and solutions of building sustainable and affordable housing. A special focus was put on the role of civil society organisations and local authorities on the ground in achieving ownership, bottom-up participation in housing policies, proper information to the direct beneficiaries and financing facilitation.
Participants in the hearing will discuss how fundamental rights and the rule of law are interconnected and ineffective without each other. Speakers will offer an overview of key rule of law principles and what they mean for the daily lives of the European population. They will also discuss the various factors which are used to measure a country's performance in the area. Finally, they will evoke the current trends in Slovakia, in the Visegrad Group region, and in the European Union in general.
This hearing will be an in-person meeting (no online connection) in Bratislava, Slovakia. Places are limited – should you be interested in taking part, please contact EESC-rights-Rule-Law.
DAG-to-DAG meetings allow civil society organisations – members of DAGs that are regularly involved in monitoring exercises under the Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) chapter of an agreement – to come together and exchange views on implementation issues. In this DAG-to-DAG meeting under the EU-Japan EPA, participants from both sides will discuss industry prospects for delivering inclusive economic growth, the transition towards a carbon-neutral economy, and the ratification and implementation of the ILO Conventions. They will also discuss prospects for future cooperation.
In order to prepare its own initiative opinion on "The role of family members caring for people with disabilities and the elderly: the explosion of the phenomenon during the pandemic", the EESC is organising a remote public hearing on 4 July 2022 from 9:30 am to 1 pm.
The aim of the event is to gather input from policy makers, civil society organisations and social partners, which will feed into the EESC's opinion.
Your participation and input are most welcome!
The webinar will take place in the context of the European Year of Youth and the war in Ukraine.