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Rewarding excellence in civil society initiatives

Theme of the 2019 prize: "More women in Europe's society and economy"

The 2019 prize will reward innovative initiatives carried out by civil society organisations and/or individuals on the territory of the EU which aim to raise awareness of and fight for gender equality in the EU.

The deadline for submitting applications is 6 September 2019, 10 a.m. (CEST).


The 32nd meeting of the Western Balkans Follow-up Committee was held in Brussels on 6 May 2014. The main issues on the agenda were the economic governance in the region as well as a hearing on gender equality in the Western Balkans.

Conference co-organised by the Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship and the EESC Europe 2020 Steering Committee

The Europe 2020 Strategy sets out a number of new goals in terms of employment, innovation, education, social inclusion, climate and energy. Yet when it comes to achieving the targets set out in the Europe 2020 Strategy, the starting points of men and women are quite different. On Friday 22 March 2013, the EESC will be presenting its own-initiative opinion on "The gender dimension in the Europe 2020 Strategy" and will be discussing its view on this fascinating subject. Your input will be most welcome.


The EESC Follow Up Committee for the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) examined how the EIDHR addresses gender equality and women's rights, and discuss challenges affecting its implementation with the purpose of identifying ways to enhance the support to women in the fulfilment of their rights.

Visual Diversity in the workplace
Labour Market Observatory conference

This conference looked at how diversity can be recognised, respected and valued. Practical examples from across the EU showed how diverse workplaces could be beneficial for all: businesses, employees and society in general. The event also examined the question of the intra-EU mobility of workers and their integration in host Member States. Debates concretely contributed to the SOC/495 opinion on "Supporting the migration of young job seekers" and synergies were created with members of the study group.

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On 13 and 14 February 2014, over 150 civil society representatives gathered at the EESC to discuss their positions on a global Post-2015 framework for sustainable development. Participants from local, regional and national authorities, EU and UN level policy-makers, social partners, environment, development, human rights, agriculture and consumer organisations; industry, business and academia brought a wealth of perspectives into the debate.

Staffan Nilsson

A lot has happened both in the EU and in the countries of its close neighbourhood since the EU-led Black Sea Synergy initiative providing scope for regional cooperation was launched (in 2008).
A lot has evolved since the last Black Sea NGO Forum took place.
What did not change however is a vital need for civil society active engagement and mobilization of all parts of our societies to act together.


Staffan Nilsson`s opening speach at the Black Sea NGO Forum 2012

Statement by
G. Dassis, President of the EESC

This year's Women's Day on 8 March finds not just Europe, but the whole international community, at a critical economic and political juncture with violations of women's rights on the rise. In various parts of the world where there are conflicts, migration and displacement, and wherever the effects of poverty and climate change are at their most severe, women and children are among the groups most vulnerable to discrimination and violence. ...

Staffan Nilsson

Crisis or not, we are now working in an open trading area, and in a globalised world. Europe will not build a sustainable society that is prosperous in the long term without the rest of the world. We need to share the same objectives even if we don't use the same tools.
As an open globalised economy we must TOGETHER identify and share good practices. It is in all our interests.
The role of entrepreneurs in channelling such investment for economic recovery is key to ensuring a competitive and dynamic economy. To make sure that this renewed economy is sustainable in the future, we must invest in education in entrepreneurship.
We must focus on untapped human capital. This mainly means young people, women, older workers, migrants and other vulnerable groups.


Staffan Nilsson`s conclusions of the ETF Conference: Towards excellence in entrepreneurship and enterprise