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The Diversity Europe Group is organising an extraordinary meeting in Rijeka (Croatia) to discuss and invigorate the civil society debate on the current and future role of European citizens in the protection and promotion of fundamental European values, with a special focus on democracy and the state of civic space across the EU, solidarity in the context of global migration and sustainable development – the Green Deal.

24/03/2020 25/03/2020
Identifying the priorities and needed actions

The current EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies runs till 2020 and is coming to an end soon.  A new initiative for Roma integration is currently being developed.

To strive towards a more effective post-2020 initiative, a thorough evaluation of the current framework is necessary.  This hearing seeks to offer a platform to assess the current framework's shortcomings and achievements, with a view to identifying the areas that still necessitate action. It will also feature a discussion geared towards providing recommendations for the upcoming post-2020 strategy.

Our climate, our future!

Climate change is on everyone's mind, and young people all over the globe are mobilising to save the planet. The European Economic and Social Committee is joining the movement and is asking the young participants at YEYS for the best way forward in protecting our planet.

19/03/2020 20/03/2020

Over the past decade, the European Semester has established itself as the key tool for the coordination of economic and related policies.  As the EU faces new challenges, the European Semester is constantly evolving to address them. The new European legislature is now refocusing the European Semester process to incorporate the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. With the European Green Deal, the new growth strategy for the EU, the topic of resources and funding will be of utmost importance in 2020. The discussion on how to obtain the necessary investments to implement the Deal and how to assure a just and inclusive transition has been opened.

Nine years on from the European Year of Volunteering

The aim of the conference is to reaffirm the important social and economic role of volunteering in meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and to highlight that, in view of the growing societal challenges that the authorities of the EU Member States are often unable to meet, volunteers can play an effective part in achieving these goals by meeting social needs more rapidly and efficiently than public institutions. The role of volunteering should therefore be recognised and valued by all Commissioners under the policy of the new European Commission, and there should be long-term support for volunteers. There is a fairly widespread view that, following the end of the European Year of Volunteering, the issue had started to slowly fade from the European debate and, in general, was not visible among the initiatives of the European Commission, the Council or the European Parliament.

From understanding to addressing this challenging phenomenon

The event about environmental migration aims to provide an understanding of the challenges at hand and their impact, as well as proposing policy solutions. It will present projections for climate change and how this will force people to migrate, seek to define environmental displacement, paying attention to its current occurrence and providing estimates on its future. Emphasis will be on the legal protection gap, as environmental refugees are currently not covered by any international law.


The Civil Society Platform complements the political bodies existing within the framework of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement, and it allows civil society organisations from both sides to monitor the implementation process and prepare their recommendations to the relevant authorities both in Georgia as well as in the European Union.

The 6th meeting of the EU-Georgia Civil Society Platform will take place on 26 February 2020 Brussels. During the meeting, a debate will be held assessing the state of play of the implementation of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement. Constitutional reform in Georgia and occupational safety and health at workplace will also be discussed.



The European Economic and Social Committee will hold a conference to shape the new EU agenda for disability rights 2020-2030 on 26 February 2020 in the EESC's premises.

The aim of the conference is to present the EESC's proposal for the new strategy at a crucial moment in the EU landscape. With a new European Commission, a new European Parliament and a new budget programming period, it is now the perfect timing for a new Disability Strategy that fully takes into account the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCPRD), the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The conference will tackle various areas of work of the EU, drawing attention to the crosscutting character of disability rights.

Your presence and input are most welcome!