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For the 16th time, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Montenegro held the Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC). 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.


This 16th JCC took place in Podgorica and tackled issues such as:


The EESC´s Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) organised a hearing on the proposal for an EU cyber defence policy, with the participation of the European Commission and civil society stakeholders.

Recovery, Open Strategic Autonomy and Resilience

On 27 and 28 February 2023, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the European Commission will host the 2023 European Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference in hybrid mode. The sixth Conference will bring together Europe's biggest circular economy stakeholders to focus on the role of the circular economy in driving sustainable recoveryopen strategic autonomy and resilience.

27/02/2023 28/02/2023
High-level hearing

On 27 February 2023, a high-level hearing on water policies and challenges, entitled Time for a Blue Deal, will take place at the EESC. The hearing sets the scene for the EESC's cross-cutting work on water in 2023.

The hearing will focus on the most pressing water-related challenges now and in the years to come, and on what is the state of play regarding existing policies and actions. The discussions of the hearing will feed into the content of a package of own-initiative opinions on this thematic.


576th plenary session, with the following guests): Stefano Scarpetta, Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD; Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Leader of the Belarusian democratic movement, Oleksandra Matviichuk, Head of the Centre for Civic Liberties and Lora Pappa, Founder and President of the Greek NGO METAdrasi – Action for Migration Development . Web streaming

22/02/2023 23/02/2023

In order to prepare an exploratory opinion requested by the Swedish presidency, the EESC is organising a virtual public hearing on ''Competence and skills development in the green and digital transition'' on 17 February 2023.

Working life is transforming due to the accelerating digital transformation, automation, and transition to climate neutrality. The event will be looking at the competences and skills that will be needed in view of this transition, contributing to the debate in view of the European Year of Skills.

How the EU can push back against resource depletion

This public event will assess the extent of the EU's current ecological overshoot and look into proposals from organised civil society to push back against resource depletion and present some best practices and initiatives to reduce the EU's ecological footprint.

viewpoint of EU policy makers and civil society

The EESC is organising a remote public hearing on the revision of the anti-trafficking directive. The input will feed into the its opinion on the issue.

The current directive has been implemented in a fractured manner across the EU as employers and users of the services of trafficked people face different legal consequences. Also, perpetrators continue to act with impunity since prosecution and convictions remain. Therefore, a revision of the directive is necessary.

By including perspectives from policy makers and civil society, the event will explore strengths and shortcomings of the revision.  


In order to prepare the exploratory opinion requested by the future Spanish presidency of the EU on "Precarious work and mental health", the EESC is organising a remote public hearing on 14 February 2023 from 9:30 am to 1 pm.

The aim of the event is to gather input on the from policy makers, civil society organisations and social partners, which will feed into the EESC's opinion.

Your participation and input are most welcome!