The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Serbia will hold the 5th meeting of their Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) in Belgrade, Serbia. This civil society platform between the EESC and civil society in Serbia was established within the institutional framework of the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) in order to allow civil society organisations on both sides to monitor the country's accession negotiations. It is also a platform to discuss issues of common interest and to inform the public at large of the challenges ahead during the accession period. Besides the current state of play in EU-Serbia relations and the accession process, main topic of the 5th JCC meeting is: Environmental issues in the areas of energy and transport in Serbia - How to mitigate economic and social impact of industrial pollution and climate change. A common declaration of the JCC will be issued after the meeting.
The EESC Permanent Study Group on Disability Rights is organising a public hearing on the follow-up to the UNCRPD Committee's concluding observations to the EU two years after their publication.
The aim of the event is to offer EU Institutions, DPOs and other civil society organisations the opportunity to discuss the future of the EU Disability strategy after 2020.
In the first part we will focus on the next steps that the European Commission and the members of the EU Framework for the UNCRPD will take, while in the second part we will listen to DPOs good practices, taking examples also from other policy areas.
Your presence and input are most welcome!
The 7th Joint Seminar of the European Economic and Social Committee and the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation (CCRF) will bring together EESC members and representatives of their Russian counterpart, representatives of the European Commission, experts and academics, to discuss cooperation in the areas of higher education and rural development. During four thematic sessions, participants will focus on EU-Russia cooperation in the fields of science, research and innovation; aligning higher education in the EU and Russia (the Bologna Process) and Erasmus+, on narrowing the gaps between rural and urban areas, and on cross-border cooperation for businesses and SMEs.
On the second anniversary of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the European Economic and Social Committee has the pleasure to invite you to a public debate that will explore how the monitoring of implementation of the SDGs should take shape in the EU.
The first ever launch event for the European Day of Sustainable Communities showcased the critical contribution that community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability are making to support EU policy goals in these areas.
528th Plenary Session including a debate with Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the Committee of the Regions, on Thursday 21 September at 9 a.m., and a debate on the state of the Union, with Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, on Thursday 21 September at 11 a.m.
Presentation of the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI): Stop glyphosate with Herman van Bekkem, representative of Greenpeace Netherlands, and David Schwartz, campaign coordinator in Brussels, on Wednesday 20 September at 4.30 p.m.
Turkey’s geographical position makes it a first reception and transit country for many refugees and migrants. As the result of an unprecedented influx of people seeking refuge, the country currently hosts around 3 million registered Syrian refugees and is making commendable efforts to provide them with humanitarian aid and support. The EU is committed to assist Turkey in dealing with this challenge. The EU-Turkey Statement, which was issued on 18 March 2016, reconfirmed both parties' commitment to the implementation of the EU-Turkey joint action plan activated on 29 November 2015.
A hearing will be organized by the EESC to examine different aspects of protection which Turkey offers to refugees, from the point of view of civil society organisations (CSOs). Particular attention will be devoted to evaluating economic, social and humanitarian conditions of refugees in the country and new areas of cooperation will be explored.
The hearing will explore EU funded projects and identify best practices and challenges. The main focus will be on the impact of funding on field work and on the design of projects and their implementation. Additionally, the sustainability of projects and absorption capacity will be discussed.
Taxation of the sharing economy - analyse of possible tax policies faced with the growth of the sharing economy in the framework of exploratory opinion requested by the Estonian Presidency.
The conference "Smart solutions for sustainable and inclusive society" was focused on promoting e-services, e-government, urban development and e-solutions and their role in boosting innovation and sustainable and inclusive EU, which is a crucial component of the current Estonian Presidency's work programme.