During the meeting, the Commission representative provided information about the annual meetings of the Board on Trade and Sustainable Development (BTSD), as well as the debate on the participation of the advisory groups and their dialogue with the BTSD. Members also discussed the future of the advisory groups under the Trade and Sustainable Development Title of the European Union's agreements and the Renewal of the European advisory group's mandates (April 2018).
9th meeting of the EU-Montenegro Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee.
The EESC has been working on an information report the aim of which was to investigate how European Parliament election procedures are determined in each Member State, taking into account the needs of persons with disabilities and how this affects their right to vote.
In this context, a public hearing was organized to present the first conclusions of the report and to look into successful projects and practices.
The meeting took place on 5 and 6 June 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. The members of the Committee discussed the latest developments in EEA as well as EU/EFTA issues. The Consultative Committee adopted two resolutions on the Digitalisation and its impact on jobs and skills and the Social dimension of the EEA and the European Pillar of Social Rights.
On 5 June the EESC organises an expert international conference in Prague at the European Commission premises, where it will present the opinion: "Forum for the Sustainable Development“ and some other recommendations focused on the Agenda for Sustainable Development. There will be an opportunity to speak about the global level – UN and national level – as well as to present the views of the Czech Government Council for Sustainable Development. The conference 's last part will consist of a moderated discussion with examples of activities of the universities and organized citizens society.
526th Plenary Session including:
- Debate with Emily O'Reilly, Wednesday 31 May 2017 from 3 to 4 p.m.
- Debate with Tibor Navracsics, Wednesday 31 May from 4.30 to 5.45 p.m.
- Discussion with Antonio Tajani, Thursday 1 June 2017 from 12.30 to 1.30 p.m.
The EESC, in cooperation with the Federation of Traders, Producers and Entrepreneurs of Central-East Macedonia and Thrace and the Thessaloniki’s Traders Association, will be organising a hearing as part of its preparatory work in order to issue a rigorous, qualitative own-initiative opinion on "The potential of family and traditional businesses to boost the development and economic growth in the regions".
With this hearing, the EESC wants to strengthen the role of climate justice, not only in the global dimension but also in domestic climate policies.
Tax competition between EU Member States may be harmful when it results in permanent losses of government tax revenues, may also distort competition between companies in the EU's single market and can have negative impacts on other EU policy areas. The EESC is currently drawing up an own-initiative opinion that aims to formulate solutions that can help to mitigate the negative effects of tax competition and to contribute to building a fairer and more transparent European fiscal system. In order to gain further insights the EESC organised a public hearing on Wednesday, 24 May 2017, starting from 10 a.m.
On 22-23 May, the Various Interests' Group held a conference on the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. Indeed, embarking on a "collective journey…to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty…(delivering a) new universal Agenda …(which will) realise the human rights of all" are very ambitious objectives. However, moving from declarations to concrete action is even more ambitious and hence, the effective governance of the 2030 Agenda is of paramount importance. Without doubt, it will only become a reality if citizens actively support the necessary transitions and if civil society is directly involved throughout the process.