The economic and social effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the hardships and challenges caused by the unjustified Russian aggression in Ukraine highlighted the importance of developing a more resilient, sustainable and inclusive EU economy. The ongoing revision of the European economic governance framework is a key element in achieving this. On 26 April 2023, the European Commission presented its long-awaited reform proposals on the EU's economic governance rules and the EESC takes this opportunity to draw up a new opinion, presenting its views and recommendations on the proposed changes.
On Tuesday, 27 June 2023, the NAT Section is organising a public hearing entitled "What next for European action on SDGs?" to feed into the exploratory opinion requested by the incoming Spanish presidency of the Council of the EU to take stock of the progress achieved on the Agenda 2030 to identify any outstanding challenges and put forward recommendations on how to enhance the impact of European policies on achieving the Agenda 2030, both within and beyond the EU. The views of the civil society organisations working on these issues will be reflected in the EESC opinion NAT/903 on the subject.
Insularity is considered to be a permanent and unchangeable geographical feature which involves additional costs (transport, energy, waste management, public services, necessity goods and services) that hamper the development and competitiveness of the islands, while particularly exposing them to biodiversity loss and climate change. The organised civil society has an important role to play and tackle all these challenges and through this debate. The aim is to find the best practices and solutions so that EU islands can preform better and recover from the multiple crises.
On 22 June, the EESC will host an online public hearing to explore the state of progress of the EU on the path to more sustainable, fairer and inclusive food systems, following the new actions agreed upon during the UN Food System summit in 2021.
The permanent group on Inclusion of the Roma is organising a public hearing on 22 June 2023 on ''The labour market situation and Roma workers' rights in a time of economic crisis''. At a time of rising inflation across Europe, with sharp increases on food stuffs and energy, this hearing will be looking at the situation of Roma workers in the labour market. It will discuss discrimination in employment and look at best practices aimed at resolving these situations in accordance with the EU Charter of Fundamental rights, the new EU Roma Strategic Framework and the European Pillar of Social Rights.
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The 7th meeting of the EU DAG set up under the EU-UK TCA was dedicated to updates, exchange of views on the annual TCA Implementation Report, members’ presentations and structured dialogue with the Commission, followed by a discussion with members.
Employer representatives from 27 countries are in Luleå to discuss the conditions for the green transition, sustainable growth and the EU's new competitiveness agenda on 19–20 June.
579th Plenary with the following guests: Bram DE WISPELAERE, deputy chief of staff, Belgian Ministry for Energy, and Pedro LINARES, Higher Technical School of Engineering (ICAI), María Rodriguez, president of the European Youth Forum; Agata Meysner, president of Generation Climate Europe, and Mireia Nadal Chiva, CEO of ReDI School of Digital Integration/Friends of Europe.
The EESC is organising a hybrid public hearing to gather the view of youth representatives, rural development experts and various stakeholders on how to promote sustainable and inclusive rural development that benefits young people and rural communities as a whole.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is working on a project on disinformation to be implemented with the help of civil society. Disinformation typically spreads among the population, often horizontally, so that the best way to tackle the problem is not in a top-down approach, but in citizens’ reflection and direct engagement. This is where organized civil society can play a crucial role.