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On 15 September 2022, the EESC's Labour Market Observatory will hold a remote public hearing on The labour market in rural areas.

The EU's rural areas are home to 137 million people representing almost 30% of its population and over 80% of its territory. The hearing will examine labour market developments and trends in rural areas and the EU's actions in this area. Through a debate with civil society organisations and socio-professional stakeholders, the event will look at the current labour market opportunities and challenges in rural areas and discuss current recommendations in the field.

Speakers due to attend include representatives of the European institutions, Eurofound and the EESC, as well as the social partners and other civil society organisations.

Joint meeting

The 8th EU-Korea Civil Society Forum (CSF) took place on 13 September 2022 in Seoul. During the meeting, the DAGs exchanged views on the EU and the Korea DAGs’ experiences since the first meeting in 2012. Participants also discussed ILO fundamental conventions, as well as Occupational Safety and Health in the presence of a representative from the ILO. Climate initiatives in the EU and Korea with special focus on carbon neutrality and green growth, CBAM from an EU business perspective and the Korean Carbon Neutrality Action Plan were other items on the agenda.

The CSF was completed on 14 September with a workshop on the topic of "Platform work in the EU and Korea" and a presentation on "Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence".

13/09/2022 14/09/2022
Expert Hearing

The new 'EU-Ukraine Solidarity Lanes' aim to facilitate the shipment of agricultural products from Ukraine, Ukraine's access to international markets and global supply chains, thereby ensuring that much-needed cereals reach the world market. In the longer term, they should also boost our bilateral trade in goods. In the framework of its work on the EESC opinion on the European Commission action plan for EU-Ukraine Solidarity Lanes to facilitate Ukraine´s agricultural export and bilateral trade with the EU, the TEN Section will bring together prominent guests from the civil society of the EU and Ukraine, to learn first-hand about the situation on the ground and the difficulties that stand in the way and thus offer a valuable contribution to the Commission's efforts.



Members of the EU DAG exchanged views with

  • Mr LIM Hong Huai, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg & Mission to the European Union
  • Ms Nele CORNELIS, Executive Director, European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore
Public hearing

The rapid progress of digitalisation is leading to financial innovation including the potential introduction of digital central bank currencies. In the EU, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Commission are currently working on plans for the introduction of an electronic form of money issued by the Eurosystem (the ECB and national central banks), a digital euro, which would be accessible to all citizens and firms as a complement to cash. Against this background, the Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion (ECO section) of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is currently working on an own-initiative opinion on the prospects of such a digital euro.


At this 4th meeting of the EU DAG set up under the TCA, the discussion focused on practical aspects as well as the preparations for the 1st DAG-to-DAG meeting (joint meeting of the EU and UK DAGs) and the 1st Civil Society Forum, that took place on October 3rd and 4th respectively. 

Public hearing

The EESC´s Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) is organising a hearing (web streamed) on the Defence Investment Gaps Analysis and the way forward, with the participation of the European Commission and civil society stakeholders.


In order to prepare its own initiative opinion on "Ensuring strong European solidarity for rare disease patients", the EESC is organising a public hearing on 1st September 2022.

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

Your participation and input are most welcome!