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The EESC organised its 9th Western Balkans Civil Society Forum in Holiday Inn Hotel Thessaloniki Monastiriou 8, Thessaloniki 546 29, Greece on 19 and 20 October 2023.

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western balkan CSForum

The permanent group on Inclusion of the Roma is organising a public hearing on 19 October 2023 on ''Combatting antigypsyism: identifying possible measures''. Antigypsyism remains a key challenge for the Roma, hindering their prospects. The new EU Roma strategic framework foresees cutting the proportion of Roma experiencing discrimination by at least half by 2030.  The hearing will look at the current situation with regard to antigypsyism, discussing measures foreseen in the national strategic frameworks aimed to tackle antigypsyism and possible responses to this problem.


How is the EU measuring up when it comes to integrating newcomers to our societies? This event, organised by the EESC's permanent group on immigration and integration, aims to examine the success and lessons learned of integration and inclusion as an EU policy as well as a reality facing many cities and regions in the EU.

Distinguished panels from EU policy, social partners, cities and think tanks will help answer this question.

Your participation is most welcome!


The purpose of the hearing was to contribute to the EESC own-initiative opinion with a deeper analysis of the issue of corruption in public procurement and its impacts, bringing attention to how challenges to the rule of law affect the internal market.

Corruption public procurement

This 8th meeting of the EU DAG set up under the EU-UK TCA features the participation of the EU Ambassador to the UK, H.E. Mr Pedro Serrano, for a timely update on the EU-UK relations. Also, the UE DAG will continue its structured dialogue with DG Trade representatives for a debrief on the Trade Specialised Committees meetings and the state of play on the EU and UK planning and agenda for the Civil Society Forum (CSF). 

EESC partnering up with Eurotowns

Small and medium-sized urban areas play a significant role in sustainable development and territorial cohesion in Europe and represent an essential part of the EU Urban Agenda. The following side event by the EESC together with Eurotowns will focus on the priorities of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU on how to foster the potential of small and medium-sized cities in order to promote territorial cohesion in all places. Moreover, it will also explore the role of civil society partners on further promoting the values of cohesion in these urban areas.

Extraordinary meeting of the Civil Society Organisations' Group

Registration is now closed. We invite you to follow the conference via webstream.

Political lab

In order to attract talents and a skilled workforce, close cooperation must be developed between regional authorities, social partner organisations, employment services, and education and training providers. Social dialogue needs to be used effectively in order to attract companies to disadvantaged regions and ensure good quality jobs, good wages, job security via standard employment and access to social protection, and lifelong learning opportunities.