EESC Information Newsletter - January 2023

Dear Madam, dear Sir,

I would like to wish you a happy, healthy year 2023 and to invite you to the 575th EESC Plenary Session, which will take place on 24-25 January.

On Wednesday 25 January, at 11 a.m., Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament, will present her institution's perspective on the EU's responses to (geo-)political challenges in 2023.

As during the first half of 2023 the Swedish Presidency is at the helm of the Council of the EU, we will hold a debate on its priorities, with Jessika Roswall, Swedish Minister for EU Affairs, on Wednesday at 11.45 a.m.

On Tuesday 24 January at 5.30 p.m., Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, will discuss with us the topic 30 years of the Single Market, our greatest success but also the biggest challenge for the next generation!

Earlier that day at 3 p.m., we will do a mid-term assessment of the progress towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda – focusing on the organised civil society's perspective, with Guillaume Lafortune, Vice-President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN).I will be glad to welcome you at our plenary session. To that end, I invite you to use webstreaming, which will allow you to follow all the votes and discussions remotely.

Best regards,

Christa Schweng
EESC President

The EESC plenary session on social media: to take part in the online discussions, follow @EU_EESC or the hashtag #EESCplenary. You can also post on our Facebook page via where the plenary session is announced. Don't forget that the plenary session is also streamed. Are your networks and organisations interested in our discussions? Let them know! 



News from the ESCs/EESC

  • EESCCivil Society Days 2023, 1-3 March 2023
  • EESC: The first ECI registration in 2023
    On 12 January 2023, the Commission registered the first ECI this year. Under the title Article 4: Stop torture and inhuman treatment at Europe's borders, the ECI calls for a framework to ensure compliance with the prohibition of violence and inhumane and degrading treatments enshrined in Article 4 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in relation to the EU's policies concerning border controls, asylum and immigration. 
  • EESC: New calls for proposals published under the CERV programme!
    Interested in receiving EU funding? Have proposals to promote civil society organisations' capacity building and awareness and implementation of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, to promote equality and combat gender-based violence and violence against children, or to fight against racism, xenophobia and discrimination? Find out more on the new calls for proposals under the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV) programme!


Main opinions to be discussed during the upcoming session (24-25 January 2023

  • European care strategy (SOC/741), Mr Holst (DK-III) & Ms Merlo (IT-II)
  • Setting the course for a sustainable blue planet, an update of the international ocean governance agenda (REX/558), Mr Palmieri (IT-II)
  • The power of trade partnerships: together for green and just economic growth (REX/561), Ms Buzek (DE-II)
  • The EU Strategic Compass (own-initiative opinion) (REX/562), Mr Moos (DE-III) & Mr Clever (DE-I)
  • Prohibition of products made through forced labour (REX/565), Mr Wagnsonner (AT-II)
  • Euro area economic policy 2023 (ECO/598), Mr Dandea (RO-II)

Main opinions adopted during the previous session (14-15 December 2022

  • Summary of adopted opinions 
  • Protection from exposure to asbestos at work (SOC/743), Ms Nygren (SE-II) 
  • Gender-based investments in national recovery and resilience plans (ECO/584), Ms Del Rio (IT-II)
  •  Maritime industrial strategy (CCMI/193), Mr Yiapanis (CY-III) 
  • Socio-economic situation in Latin America following the Covid-19 crisis – the role of civil society in the recovery process (REX/552), Mr Puxeu Rocamora (ES-I) 
  • European Media Freedom Act (SOC/742), Mr Moos (DE-III)
  • Defence investment gaps analysis (CCMI/198), Mr Gkofas (EL-III) 
  • Food price crisis: the role of speculation and concrete proposals for action in the aftermath of the Ukraine war (NAT/873), Mr Schmidt (DE-II) 
  • Gender lens investing as a way to improve gender equality in the EU (SOC/723), Ms Neisingh (NL-III)
  • A competitiveness check to build a stronger and more resilient EU economy (exploratory opinion requested by the Czech Presidency) (INT/1000), Mr Ardhe (SE-I) 
  • Empowering youth to achieve sustainable development through education (NAT/860), Ms Babrauskienė (LT-II) 

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