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How to guarantee European solidarity for patients?

The European Economic and Social Committee is organising a major conference on Rare diseases and European reference networks under the auspices of the Spanish Presidency of the EU Council and in cooperation with the authorities of the Basque Country. It will take place on 11 October 2023 in the Euskalduna Conference Centre in Bilbao, Spain. 

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The EESC has repeatedly emphasized its support for more genuine sources of own revenue for the EU budget. This has become all the more important in the current higher interest rate environment that has left a gap in the EU budget for the repayment of the money the Union has borrowed on capital markets. The public debate will focus on the Commission´s proposal for a next generation of own resources and the related policy proposals of the EESC.


Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing, that is, investing which takes ESG factors into account when making investment decisions is becoming an important part of mainstream finance. ESG ratings provide an opinion on a company or financial instrument’s sustainability profile or characteristics, exposure to sustainability risks or impact on society and/or the environment. The public debate will discuss the Commission´s legislative proposal to improve the reliability, comparability and transparency of ESG ratings, and the EESC´s related policy proposals.

An exhibition organised by the Civil Society Organisations' Group of the EESC in the context of its conference 'EU food sovereignty: the role of agriculture, fisheries and consumers'
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A more democratic and participatory European Semester, in the context of the review of the EU economic governance framework

Enhancing the resilience and sustainability of the EU economy has become more important than ever in light of the challenges that the EU is currently facing: recovering from the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, softening the effects of the war in Ukraine on the EU economy, while tackling inflation, the energy crisis and implementing the digital and green transitions.

Extraordinary meeting of the Civil Society Organisations' Group

This is an in-person conference that will be live streamed. Registration for in-person participation is required.


581st plenary session with the following guests: Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Budget and Administration, and Margarida Marques, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Budgets, Elise Fleury, ECI organiser, Campaign Lead, Eurogroup for Animals, and Tilly Metz, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of the subcommittee on Public Health -  Web streaming


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