On 13 February 2023 the Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN) of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) hosted an online public hearing in the context of its ongoing exploratory opinion at the request of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU on Wooden construction for CO2 reduction in building sector. The opinion is focusing on the following issues: How can the EU proposals such as Sustainable carbon cycles, the EU's bioeconomy strategy and the New European Bauhaus be used to drastically reduce the large construction-related CO2 emissions, store CO2 and make construction more efficient?
This public hearing will gather the view of international institutions, environmental law experts and the European and Ukrainian civil society stakeholders on the EU's approach to protecting and enhancing a healthy environment for all.
The Commission and the High Representative adopted in October 2022 the Joint communication Youth Action Plan in the European Union external action for 2022-2027, the first-ever policy framework for a strategic partnership with young people around the world to build a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable future. It will help deliver on international commitments, such as the United Nation's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement, by enhancing meaningful youth participation and empowerment in the EU's external action policies.
The hearing will deal with issues such as the regulatory changes for workers' participation required to adapt to new working and production environments, the representative basis, roles and capacity of European Works Councils, strengthening collective action, the impact of new supervision, organisation and decision-making technology on democratic values, including political participation and fundamental rights at work, and the contribution of the participation of workers in management and decision-making in companies to a just green transition.
As part of its work to prepare an opinion on "Mechanisms of social imbalance", the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising a hybrid public hearing on 3 February 2022 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The discussion will focus on how to best develop a specific mechanism for detecting and monitoring social imbalances in the EU.
Your participation and input are most welcome!
The Russian attack on Ukraine has redefined the EU's geopolitical landscape, brought to the surface the EU's vulnerability to unforeseen disruptive events beyond its borders, and highlighted the fact that the EU internal market and its transport network cannot be viewed in isolation when shaping EU policies, including its external relations. The war in Ukraine has also made the need for interoperability with neighbouring countries even more pressing, as the solidarity factor adds to the emergency of achieving a coherent and integrated transport policy, where bottlenecks in cross-border points are tackled and financial instruments are mobilised. ...
On 1 January 2023, Croatia became the 20th member of the euro area. The introduction of the euro was preceded by a long process of convergence and Croatia's accession to the euro area comes in a time of economic challenges following the pandemic and due to the war in Ukraine. High inflation and high debt coupled with low growth prospects will challenge policy makers in the euro area and central bankers in the months to come. Against this background, the ECO section will organise a debate to discuss the prospects for Croatia and the euro area, also in view of future enlargements.
The 206th meeting of the Section for External Relations of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) took place on 31 January 2023. During the meeting, which comes nearly one year after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a debate was held on the resilience of Ukrainian civil society and on the EU support to the country.
Representatives of the European and Ukrainian Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs), set up under the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine, held their sixth joint meeting on 26 January 2023. The objective of the meeting was to prepare a set of recommendations for the EU-Ukraine Trade and Sustainable Development Sub-Committee and the Civil Society Forum, which will take place in March 2023.
In order to prepare an exploratory opinion requested by the upcoming Spanish presidency, the EESC is organising a remote public hearing "Towards green collective bargaining in Europe: assessment of good practices and future prospects", on 26 January 2023.
By including perspectives from relevant institutional stakeholders, social partners and experts, the event will explore the role of collective bargaining in promoting environmental sustainability and the decarbonisation of the economy, and will look at recent experiences and best practices of green collective bargaining. The input will then feed into the EESC's opinion.
Your participation is most welcome!