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The Euro-Mediterranean Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions bring together some 120 participants from a range of economic and social councils, or similar institutions, representatives of employers, trade unions, other economic and social interests groups and NGOs from countries which are members of the Union for the Mediterranean.

This year, the Summit will focus on :

  • Economic, Social and Cultural rights in the Mediterranean region
  • A Social protection floor in the Euromediterrean Area
  • A new generation of women's rights

It will conclude with the adoption of a final declaration that will be sent to the political authorities of the countries involved in the Euromed Ministerial Summits as civil society's contribution to their work, and disseminated widely amongst civil society organisations in the region.

13/12/2017 14/12/2017

The EESC Permanent Study Group on Disability Rights is organising a public hearing on "Reviewing the 2014-2020 ESIF Regulations in favour of persons with disabilities and their representative organisations".

The aim of the event is to look into the use of European Investment and Structural Funds to promote inclusion of persons with disability.

13/12/2017

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is currently working on an own-initiative opinion entitled Lessons learned for avoiding the severity of austerity policies in the EU, with the aim to consolidate the lessons learned from the experience with austerity measures during a period of crisis management with a view to identifying possible preventive measures and alternative public policies.

13/12/2017
5 organisations are awarded the 2017 EESC Civil Society Prize

5 organisations are awarded the 2017 EESC Civil Society Prize

The EESC is pleased to announce the five winners of the 9th edition of the Civil Society Prize, which rewards initiatives which aim at the labour market integration of newcomers and all the people who are distant from the labour market and require specific support.

07/12/2017

Debate with Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety.
 

Award ceremony for the Civil Society Prize on Thursday 7 December at 11.30 a.m. (time to be confirmed)

06/12/2017 07/12/2017

The purpose of this public hearing was to gather recommendations for the opinion that the EESC is currently working on. This opinion would be principally addressed to the political decision-makers at different levels in order to practically align the policies to the needs of non-state climate actors.

04/12/2017
Extraordinary Group III Meeting

47 million people in Europe work in regulated professions i.e. 22% of the working population. Liberal professions undeniably play a key role in our economies and societies. With this in mind, the EESC Group III "Various interests" decided to organise a meeting to discuss the challenges faced by these professions and to lay the foundations for ensuring that they achieve their potential in the European Union in the coming years.

01/12/2017
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A debate on the findings of Eurostat's SDG Report

We are now in the third year since the Goals were launched and not enough has been done to ensure they will be achieved by 2030.  This event will present and examine Eurostat's new EU tailored SDG Report and engage participants in a discussion on how to best address various SDGs requiring concerted support for their further implementation.

29/11/2017

In September 2016, the EESC adopted an own-initiative opinion on "The rights of live-in care workers". It was a first policy document at the European level dealing with the sector of live-in care work in Europe. As follow-up to this initiative, the EESC will carry out 5 country visits to countries of origin and destination of live-in care workers (United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Italy and Poland) to deepen the research on labour and work conditions of these persons and the quality of care delivery. The findings will be presented in a report to be released by the EESC later in 2018. 

29/11/2017
Hearing - 29 November 2017, 9.30 – 12.30 | Európa Pont, Lövőház u. 35, Budapest, Hungary

The European Economic and Social Committee is organising a hearing as part of its follow-up work related to its opinion on Improving the effectiveness of EU policies for SMEs, adopted in July 2017.
The hearing takes place on 29 November 2017 from 9:30 to 13:00 , in Budapest, Hungary. It is part of a set of follow-up hearings to be carried out in 6 EU Member States.
The main objective of the hearing is to debate the effectiveness and efficiency of the EU policies for SMEs and gather valuable input and feedback from Hungarian stakeholders on the matter with a view to finding ways in which they can be improved. Particular emphasis will be put on the recommendations that have been outlined in the EESC opinion with the aim of implementing them at national level.

29/11/2017

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