Chaired by President of Group III Luca Jahier, the conference called for an active involvement of civil society organisations in the Europe 2020 reform process. Using the example of the Grande Région which connects regions in Luxembourg, France, Germany and Belgium, the conference provided the opportunity to exchange views on how integrated cross-border strategies can directly contribute to achieving the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
The public hearing on "Towards a more resilient and sustainable European economy with a vision for completing EMU" to be held on Friday, 12 April 2019, starting at 11.30 a.m., will discuss from a wider civil society perspective the future of the European economy and the political initiatives and decisions that need to be taken during the upcoming legislative term and beyond. Taking into account the conclusions of the debate, the EESC will draw up two own-initiative opinions, entitled "Towards a more resilient and sustainable European economy" and "A new vision for completing the Economic and Monetary Union", to be forwarded to the new European Parliament and European Commission.
Objectives: To contribute to a broad public debate on the transition towards a new European ("post E2020") Strategy, addressing the global transformation of the economy and society through digitalisation and accelerated technological changes (the Fourth Industrial Revolution) in order to manage a transition towards a more sustainable European future. This will feed into concrete policy guidance for the European Commission and Parliament and contribute to an action plan for Civil Society Organisations to help them align and strengthen political and operational priorities.
"We must make serious work of achieving the objectives we have set ourselves with Europe 2020. Cohesion Policy needs to play an essential role in enabling the Union to achieve the EU 2020 goals. As we pursue the road to recovery, we must ensure that growth is not just smart and sustainable; it must be inclusive too."
"My work programme "Engaging People for a Sustainable Europe" has three pillars: Dialogue and participation- Sustainability and Growth- Solidarity and development. It fully supports our work on the Europe 2020 Strategy.
During my meeting with Mr Barroso he stressed that civil society organisations have a key role to play in the practical implementation of the reforms to be carried out in the framework of Europe 2020 Strategy." ...