In the context of a constantly evolving economic environment and high uncertainty, the ECO section organises a conference to have an open and inclusive debate with policy-makers, civil society representatives and economic researchers to inform and influence the economic policy debates at EU and national levels.
The EESC EU-Japan Follow-up Committee met on 3 October 2022 to discuss various aspects of EU-Japan relations. Main topics on the programme:
- The post-Covid situation in Japan with regard to economic, social and societal aspects
- Japan's possible association with the Horizon Europe - Research & Innovation Framework Programme
The Workers' Group is organising an extraordinary meeting focusing on the need for fair minimum wages and strong collective bargaining to guarantee decent living conditions for all.
The EESC will host a public hearing in the context of its own-initiative opinion: Empowering youth to achieve sustainable development through education. The event aims to explore innovative ideas to foster opportunities and overcome challenges for the implementation of a transformative education for sustainable development.
The EESC FRRL Group's annual conference will provide a platform for debate of the European Commission's third Report on the Rule of Law (July 2022), which for the first time entails country specific recommendations.
It will gather EESC Members, civil society representatives (including social partners), EU institutions and other stakeholders to discuss the main developments in the EU in the area of fundamental rights and the rule of law over the past year.
On the occasion of the conference, the FRRL Group will issue its second synthesis report covering the visits carried out in 2020-2021.
This joint high-level event focused on topical questions such as the challenges faced by Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to successfully adjust to the climate neutral and digitalised world. It has also analysed the possible avenues to help MSMEs to be well informed and prepared to grasp the opportunities of the transition to climate neutrality, coupling it with the possibilities offered by the digitalisation and hedging the current geopolitical risks.
As part of its work to prepare an opinion on "Gender lens investing as a way to improve gender equality in the European Union", the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising a remote public hearing on 23 September 2022 from 9:30 am to 11 am.
The discussion will focus on the EU's role in improving the position of women in receiving capital invested within the Union. It will also address how the EU can step up the implementation of gender budgeting in its annual budget and external financing mechanisms.
Your participation and input are most welcome!
572nd Plenary session, with the following guests: Ivan Bartoš, Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Margaritis Schinas, EU VP, David Clarinval, Deputy Prime Minister (Belgium), Isabelle Schömann (ETUC) and Véronique Willems,(SMEunited), Guy Rider(ILO).
During this meeting of the EU DAG for Vietnam, participants discussed the situation on the ground and labour law reform in Vietnam in the light of the ratification of the ILO Conventions, in presence of a representative from the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.
It was likewise an excellent opportunity for the EU DAG to receive a timely update from DG Trade on TSD-implementation and related issues, in particular the implementation of the labour rights roadmap, as well as information on the space for civil society in Vietnam.
The members of the EU DAG also further exchanged views on the experiences of their organisations with regard to TSD- issues in Vietnam.
Finally the drafting of a desk study on supply chains was discussed.
The Western Balkans Civil Society High-Level Conference brought together EESC members, civil society representatives from the countries of the Western Balkans, as well as Czech officials and members of organised civil society. The conference complemented the work the EESC has already been undertaking by organising the Western Balkans Civil Society Forum every two years since 2006.
The main topics on the agenda were: