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The Summit will bring together governments, the private sector, civil society, local authorities and other international organizations to develop ambitious solutions in six areas, including global transition to renewable energy and sustainable and resilient infrastructures and cities.


546th plenary session with the following guests: David Maria Sassoli, President of the European Parliament; Emily O'Reilly, European Ombudsman; Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission, Tuomas Saarenheimo, Permanent Under-Secretary for International Affairs and Financial Markets at the Finnish Ministry of Finance, Louka Katseli, former Greek Minister for the Economy and Christian Ebeke, Deputy Resident Representative of the International Monetary Fund to the European Union.
You will be able to follow all the debates by web streaming.

25/09/2019 26/09/2019

The European Economic and Social Committee is organizing a hearing as part of its follow-up work on its opinion on ''A European retail sector fit for the 21st century'', which was adopted in December 2018.

The event will take place on 26 September 2019 in Brussels. It is part of a series of follow-up hearings to be held in several EU Member States.

The main objective of the hearing will be to discuss the effectiveness and efficiency of EU retail policies and to collect valuable input and feedback from Belgian stakeholders on the issue in order to find ways to improve these policies. Particular emphasis will be placed on the recommendations presented in the EESC opinion with a view to their implementation at national level.


The Directorate for Translation of the EESC/CoR organises its annual conference for DT staff on Friday 27 September from 9.00 to 13.00. The conference will aim to offer insights into the ways in which social and digital media are effecting change on the translation profession - not only as regards the ways in which translators work, but in terms of how languages are viewed and used in online communications.

Putting citizens at the centre of the implementation strategy

The conference will highlight the position taken by the EESC in its opinion on the Reflection Paper "Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030", which is due for adoption in September 2019. The event will provide concrete and constructive recommendations to the new European Commission and the new European Parliament.


As productivity continues to increase, providing highly-specialised and certified-quality products becomes ever more important for boosting economic well-being, more so than mass low-cost production. Moreover, the increasing focus on the integrated use-value of products and services now offsets the emphasis on the exchange value - the price.

This development is particularly advantageous for European producers: our competitiveness relies on our ability to provide diverse, specialised products, rather than on competing on price against regions with more extended economies of scale. If you wish to be part of the debate on re-orienting production through innovative business practices, we look forward to welcoming you on 3 October.

The role of civil society in communicating the European Union

The European Economic and Social Committee's 13th Civil Society Media Seminar will look at the EU's achievements over the past sixty years and raise the following fundamental questions:

  • Would European countries have done so well had they decided to go it alone instead of building an "ever closer union"?
  • Can they face the huge challenges that rise before them – such as the climate crisis, migration, digitalisation – by going each their own way?
  • How can civil society help foster ownership of the EU? How can communication help drive home the argument that unity is strength?
  • How to build a European public opinion capable of driving such debate?
10/10/2019 11/10/2019