In the light of the agreement in principle reached in July 2017 between the EU and Japan on an Economic Partnership Agreement, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)'s Follow-up Committees on International Trade and Japan are taking the opportunity to organise a half-day joint seminar. The seminar aims at examining the significance of the EU-Japan Agreement in the global context, reflecting on the role that civil society may play in the implementation of such agreement, and aims to assess possible challenges and benefits for different stakeholders (the business community, workers, farmers, consumers, etc.).
Digital innovation and technology are changing today's society by giving new opportunities for businesses, governments and citizens in a wide range of sectors including industry, health, social media, e-services, data etc. The digital world moves fast. Is the EU single market perfectly adapted to the digital era? It is important for Europeans to reflect on how the EU can take advantage of the digital revolution in order to remain competitive and create more jobs. Estonia, as a leader in ICT and digital services is the perfect location to raise these questions.
7th meeting of the Domestic Advisory Group for the EU-Colombia and Peru FTA
The European maritime technology industry is an important sector in terms of employment, directly providing more than 500 000 jobs. Shipyards and firms manufacturing marine equipment make a significant contribution to the economic development of the regions where they are located, and across the entire supply chain, which is particularly important to SMEs. Each direct job in a European shipyard means, on average, seven jobs created in the region.
In the framework of the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties, the European Economic and Social Committee is pleased to invite you to attend the opening of the exhibition "Ever closer Union".
Representatives of the two Domestic Advisory Groups (DAG) from the EU and Moldova, established under Chapter 13 on Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between the Republic of Moldova and the European Union, held a joint meeting in Chisinau, Moldova, on 17 October 2017.
To mark the 11th EU Anti-Trafficking Day, the Global Action against Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants (GLO.ACT), together with the European Economic and Social Committee, will host a reception to launch its “Hear their voices. Act to protect.” exhibition. The key objectives of the reception and exhibition are to support the European Union in raising awareness on trafficking in human beings, increasing the exchange of information, knowledge and best practices as well as highlighting why victims need to be placed at the centre of any strategy against human trafficking.
The 9th meeting of the EU Advisory Group for the EU-Central America Association Agreement took place on 14 October in Brussels.
The ECO Section of the European Economic and Social Committee organises a workshop on "Digitalization – the Future for Cities?" inviting three cities to participate: Paris, Tallinn, and Jun. The aim of this workshop is to discuss the cities’ growing role in the world’s undeniably changing environment. This year, specific focus will be given to modern concepts (technology, innovation, digitalisation etc.) which are rapidly gaining more and more importance in city regions. These three cities have proven examples that in several areas – such as transport, education, culture, e-governance, e-democracy and so on – digitalisation has significant social, environmental and economic added value.
The LMO and the European Commission are jointly organising a conference on "Intergenerational fairness and solidarity in Europe" on 10 October. On this occasion, the 2017 Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) Review prepared by the EC will be launched. Discussions will tackle issues such as the labour market-related problems that younger generations are facing today, the need for adequate and sustainable pensions and the role of civil society in ensuring fairer labour markets for all.