EESC Information Newsletter - July 2023

Dear Madam, dear Sir,

It is my pleasure to invite you to the 580th Plenary Session of the European Economic and Social Committee. 

On Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 4.30 p.m., we'll hold a debate on The future role of civil society in the enlargement process, with the participation of Olivér Várhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement (video message), Majlinda Bregu, Secretary-General of the Regional Cooperation Council, and representatives of civil society organisations from candidate countries, preceded by the signing of a Memorandum of understanding between the European Economic and Social Committee and the Regional Cooperation Council. 

Later that day, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., the EESC members will discuss the European Strategy for Older Persons, with the participation of Dubravka Šuica, European Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography, and Dr Heidrun Mollenkopf, President of the AGE Platform Europe.  

I will be glad to welcome you at our plenary session. To that end, I would like to invite you to the Charlemagne building (GASP) of the European Commission in Brussels, or to use webstreaming, which will allow you to follow all the votes and discussions remotely. 

Best regards,

Oliver Röpke

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!

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Main opinions to be discussed during the upcoming session (12-13 July 2023)

  • Water efficient consumption and consumer awareness about their water footprint (INT/1022), Ms Angelova (BG-I)  
  • Advertising through influencers and its impact on consumers (exploratory opinion requested by the Spanish Presidency) (INT/1026), Mr Hernández Bataller (ES-III) & Mr Palmieri (IT-II) 
  • Green Deal Industrial Plan (INT/1027), Ms Parthie (DE-I) 
  • European Strategy for Older Persons (exploratory opinion requested by the Spanish Presidency) (SOC/757), Mr Cabra De Luna (ES-III) 
  • Measures to improve mental health (exploratory opinion requested by the Spanish Presidency) (SOC/760), Ms Angelova (BG-I) & Mr Kokalov (BG-II)
  • Access to water: tackling water poverty and its implications for social policy (SOC/763), Ms Joó (HU-III) & Mr Trindade (PT-II)   
  • Water-intensive industries and water-efficient technologies (CCMI/208), Mr Rübig (AT-I) 
  • Critical raw materials Act (CCMI/211), Mr Mensi (IT-III)
  • Water scarcity and climate emergency: circular and other solutions for the EU agri-food system in a future "Blue Deal" (NAT/891), Mr Puxeu Rocamora (ES-I) & Mr Comer (IE-III)  
  • Decarbonisation of the fishing fleet (exploratory opinion requested by the Spanish Presidency) (NAT/895), Mr Garat Pérez (ES-III) 
  • Sustainable and resilient water infrastructures and distribution networks (TEN/804), Mr Kattnig (AT-II) 
  • Follow up to inflation and energy measures and EU energy resilience for essential economic sectors (TEN/803), Mr Medina (ES-I)

Main opinions adopted during the previous session (14-15 June 2023)

  • Summary of adopted opinions
  • The Equal Treatment of Young People in the Labour Market (SOC/721), Mr McLoughlin (IE-III)
  • Green collective bargaining (exploratory opinion requested by the Spanish Presidency) (SOC/747), Ms Barrera Chamorro (ES-II) & Mr Muresan (RO-I)
  • Social Progress Protocol (exploratory opinion requested by the Spanish Presidency) (SOC/756), Ms Barrera Chamorro (ES-II) & Mr Dutto (IT-III)
  • Measures to fight stigma against HIV (exploratory opinion requested by the Spanish Presidency) (SOC/758), Mr Barbieri (IT-III) & Ms Merlo (IT-II)
  • Cooperation on youth (exploratory opinion requested by the Spanish Presidency) (SOC/759), Ms Merlo (IT-II)
  • Second set of new own resources (exploratory opinion requested by the European Commission) (ECO/617), Mr Von Brockdorff (MT-II)
  • Electricity market reform (TEN/793), Mr Dirx (NL-III) & Mr Quarez (FR-II)
  • Monitoring the EU's extraordinary measures and resilience in the field of energy (exploratory opinion requested by the Spanish Presidency) (TEN/799), Mr Barceló Delgado (ES-I)
  • EU Hydrogen Bank (exploratory opinion requested by the European Commission) (TEN/805), Mr Kattnig (AT-II)
  • EU Wholesale Energy Market (TEN/808), Ms Mastantuono (CZ-I) & Mr Ribbe (DE-III)

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