During the energy transition towards the low-emission economy, the EU energy system faces a period of profound technological, economic and social change that will affect many of the energy sectors, including the coal industry and hence the coal-mining regions of the EU. However, the currently active coal-mining regions have to prepare for the phasing-out of coal production to be in line with EU energy and climate policy decisions on fossil fuel use or for economic reasons.
During the meeting, the EU DAG discussed with a representative of the European Commission the progress in work on implementation of the EU-Canada CETA. The Group also exchanged views with a representative of the Canada Mission to the EU. A discussion round on the work programme was also held.
Meeting of the EU-ACP Follow-up Committee, March 2019
On 28 February 2019, the EESC will hold a public meeting to gather the views of civil society on how the updated Bioeconomy Strategy can be put in to practice.
In order to bring together the views of policymakers and organised civil society, at both EU and national level, the EESC is organising a high-level conference "Towards a more inclusive European Semester", to be held on Thursday, 28 February 2019, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The topics to be discussed will include the current state of the European economy, policy challenges within the European Semester process and the future of the semester.
The aim of the long-term strategy is to confirm Europe's commitment to lead in global climate action and to present a vision that can lead to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through a socially-fair transition in a cost-efficient manner. It underlines the opportunities that this transformation offers to European citizens and its economy, whilst identifying challenges ahead.
On 27 February, the NAT Section will debate the EU Reflection Paper and the way forward with representatives from the EU institutions and civil society stakeholders, with a view of providing input to the preparation of the EESC opinion on this topic.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Serbia will hold the 8th meeting of their Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) at the EESC in Brussels.
The added value of cohesion policy as the main EU investment tool enshrined in the Treaties has lately been put into question, also due to the pressure that the current challenges are exerting on the EU decision-making process. Cohesion policy is presented as a distribution tool for financial support for less developed regions and the newer Member States, while the tangible results for the citizens, for the economy and for the overall convergence process at the EU level are strongly challenged.
In this context, the EESC is preparing an exploratory opinion and on Friday, 22 February 2019 will organise a public hearing on "The future of cohesion policy in the post-2020 period" bringing together officials, experts and civil society representatives.
On 21 February 2019, the EESC is organising an event entitled Civil Society for rEUnaissance, in the Charlemagne building in the morning and at Committee headquarters (JDE building) in the afternoon.
The purpose of this event is two-fold (1) to draw attention to Articles 2 and 3 of the Treaty on the European Union, with the support of a number of civil society organisations, and (2) to mobilise civil society at all levels in the run-up to the European elections.