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Representatives of the European and Georgian Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs), set up under the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Georgia, will hold their third joint meeting in Brussels on 26 March 2019. The participants will follow-up on the implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of the Association Agreement.

A consumer policy for today’s generation?

On 27 March 2019, the EESC is organising its 21st edition of the European Consumer Day in Brussels. With young consumers at the heart of the programme, and the trends in consumption patterns driven by technology, we will be talking about the role played by young people in this change and how they can influence the policy that affects them directly. Three key sectors for young people will be the subject of participatory workshops to discuss issues and opportunities in mobility, food and clothing. A live debate will also be held on the influence of social media on young people.


In November 2017, the EU institutions announced that the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) would be an important tool for promoting upwards convergence, in both economic and social terms. The EESC is now starting to evaluate the implementation of this initiative.

To kick off this process, a public hearing will be held in the afternoon of Thursday 28 March at the EESC, to assess the legislative and non-legislative measures taken, identify gaps and propose new measures, including in the context of the European Semester.

Join us on 28 March at 2.30 p.m. (EESC, JDE62) to listen to the speakers and have your say on the subject!


The European Economic and Social Committee is organizing with the distretto urbano del commercio of Como a hearing as part of its follow-up work on its opinion on ''A European retail sector fit for the 21st century'', which was adopted in December 2018. The event will take place on March 28 2019 in Como, Italy. It is part of a series of follow-up hearings to be held in several EU Member States.

Study Presentation

The EESC will host the presentation of the "European Labour Authority" study on Tuesday 2 April 2019, in meeting room VM3 in the VMA building.

The study will be presented by its author, Roberto Pedersini and the event will take the form of an open debate, with panel interventions from invited speakers.

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Digital Voices

The year 2019 marks a new step in the life of the European Citizens' Initiative. In March, the European Parliament will vote on the final text of the new ECI Regulation, which proposes a series of administrative simplifications and procedural changes to make this tool more citizen-friendly and less burdensome for the organisers. ECI Day 2019 will be the first to present you with the final text of the new Regulation and will explore further how it is intended to benefit active citizens wishing to influence the EU's agenda. This year, the theme of the conference will be Digital Voices, reflecting the ongoing changes in the global trends in voting and citizens' active participation. Digital natives no longer wait for elections to express their preferences; they voice their concerns at all times and at every opportunity. The ECI Day will explore these new digital trends in the particular context of the European elections.


The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising, in its headquarters, a Public Hearing on "Limited profitability: the cornerstone of Social Economy Enterprises" in the framework of its opinion on Limited profit.