• How cohesion policy will contribute to the convergence? What is the role of the civil society on the effective design and implementation of the cohesion funds?

    One of the most important aspects of the enlargement process will be the cohesion policy and the structural funds.

    In this context, the EESC is preparing an opinion on the role of cohesion policy in upcoming rounds of EU enlargement and it will organise a study visit in Montenegro.

    The aim of the study visit on 17/4 is to discuss and explore the possibilities of civil society to respond to the challenges of cohesion policy and how the partnership principle will be implemented. A number of Montenegro officials and civil society actors will then participate in the works of the study visit.

  • The 13th meeting of the EU-Moldova Civil Society Platform took place in Chisinau, Moldova, on 16 April 2024. During the meeting, a debate focused on assessing the progresses of Moldova in the implementation of the Association Agreement and the European Commission's recommendations regarding its accession to the EU.

    The Platform looked at progresses and challenges in the implementation of the commitments in the implementation of the justice sector reform, fighting corruption and de-oligarchization, as well as at the current consumer protection framework.

    A joint declaration, prepared by both sides, was discussed and adopted.

  • 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.

  • The written conclusions and recommendations of the conference will feed into an EESC resolution with policy recommendations to the new European Parliament and European Commission, to be adopted in July.

  • For the 18th time, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Montenegro held 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.

  • Resilient and Efficient Energy for a Future-proof and Secure Economy

    The objective of the conference was 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 was 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