• This half-day high-level conference, organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in partnership with the Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association (BICA), Water Europe and Veolia, will bring together European and Bulgarian stakeholders, policymakers, industry representatives, organised civil society, academia and media.

  • Registration is now closed. We invite you to follow live via webstreaming.

  • For the 18th time, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Montenegro will hold the Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) in Podgorica on 16 April 2024. The JCC is a civil society platform established between the EESC and Montenegrin civil society. It complements with a civil society point of view the EU institutional framework related to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the EU and Montenegro. This joint institution allows civil society organisations on both sides to monitor the country's accession negotiations. It is also a platform to discuss issues of common interest and to inform the public at large on the challenges ahead during the accession period.

    Main topics of the 18th meeting of the EU-Serbia JCC will be:

    • Current state of play in EU-Montenegro relations, including the fulfillment of interim benchmarks for Cluster 1: The Fundamentals of the Accession Process and the New growth plan and facility for the Western Balkans
    • Cluster 4: Green agenda & sustainable connectivity, with a focus on environment & climate change
    • Cluster 4: Green agenda & sustainable connectivity, with a focus on energy & transport policy
    • Overview of the civil society situation in Montenegro, including social dialogue
  • Resilient and Efficient Energy for a Future-proof and Secure Economy

    The objective of the conference is to build on the European Economic Security Strategy towards forward-looking strategic planning based on the assessment of threats, risks and vulnerabilities. In this respect, the focus will be on energy supply at stable, predictable and affordable prices which comes from sustainable sources, as a cornerstone for European industrial competitiveness. The need for a sustainable energy mix and energy systems, including solutions for storage of energy from renewable sources, are amongst the main factors that will determine European competitiveness in the years to come.


  • Lessons learned from the first years of the implementation of the programming period 2021-2027

    Public debate on 9th Cohesion report: Lessons learned from the first years of the implementation of the programming period 2021-2027, in the framework of the ECO section meeting.

  • Rural Pact debate #5

    With this debate, the EESC wants to contribute to reflections on the foundations of a just transition framework on the agri-food sector to achieve a sustainable food system and move forward with concrete recommendations, for example, looking at the skills, capacity and mental support needed, or identifying some key policy areas and legal leverage points that could be triggered to start a just food transition for the EU.

    Given the link between agriculture and rural areas and farmers with food production, the recommendations of this opinion will also have a positive impact on rural development.

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    The EU-Japan DAG hosted a workshop: "Promoting human rights and environmental due diligence together" on 9 April 2024 following a Joint Dialogue with Civil Society in Tokyo on 8 April. The workshop's objective was to foster dialogue between EU and Japan civil society representatives, focusing on best practices and a solution-oriented approach in an area of importance to the implementation of the TSD-chapter of the EU-Japan EPA. Human rights and environmental due diligence are topics of common interest, as the EU and Japan share values and want to secure resilient supply chains so as to do business in a sustainable way.

  • Partnership event co-organised by the EAPN and the EESC Civil Society Organisations' Group

    This event is open to the public. Register is now closed. We invite you to follow the event via webstreaming in English, French and Spanish.

  • How civil society can contribute to the swift and effective design and implementation of the cohesion funds?

    Online Public debate in the framework of the opinion on "The role of cohesion policy in upcoming rounds of EU enlargement".

  • The EU-Serbia Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) held its 17th meeting on 5 April 2024 at the EESC in Brussels, Belgium. It is a platform established within the institutional framework of the EU‑Serbia Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA), enabling representatives of both the EU and the Serbian civil society to monitor the country's accession negotiations, discuss issues of common interest and point out concerns to be tackled on the Serbian path towards the European Union.