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On 10 January 2017, the EESC, in cooperation with the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), is organizing the screening of the film "Sold" at Bozar.

Based on true stories, "Sold" illustrates the brutality of child trafficking, which affects millions of children around the globe every year. EESC Vice Presdient Gonçalo Lobo Xavier will participate in the opening and Group I member Madi Sharma, rapporteur for opinions on human trafficking, will participate in the debate following the screening.

 

10/01/2017

521st Plenary Session

• Thursday 15 December at 9 a.m.: Presentation of the European Commission's 2017 work programme 
with
 
Frans Timmermans

• Thursday 15 December at 10 a.m. Debate on the new sustainable economic models, 
with 
Jyrki Katainen

• Award ceremony for the Civil society prize,  
on Thursday 15 December at 12 p.m.

14/12/2016 15/12/2016

During the meeting, the EU DAG will discuss with a representative of the European Parliament the progress in work on its report on implementation of the EU-Korea FTA. The European Commission will update participants on the state of play and the next steps in the implementation of the EU-Korea joint project related to the ILO Convention No. 111. The EU DAG will discuss moreover preparations for the next EU-Korea Civil Society Forum.

13/12/2016

Evictions remain a serious problem across Europe and the input session will draw the attention to similarities between evictions in different kind of countries.

The session will help raise awareness of the issues, and allow for interchange between Roma organizations across Europe and is part of the continuous work of the EESC to bring attention to Roma issues. This will also be an opportunity for the EESC to deepen its work on evictions, following the showing of a film on Roma evictions in Italy ("River Memories") followed by a debate on this issue.

09/12/2016

The 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22), took place in Marrakech from 7 to 18 November 2016.  On 8 December 2016, the EESC's Sustainable Development Observatory will organise a COP22 debriefing to discuss if the so called "COP of action" fulfilled its promises.

08/12/2016

During the meeting, the EU Domestic Advisory Group (EU DAG) and civil society representatives from Colombia and Peru will discuss implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Title of the Trade Agreement, with a particular focus on respect for international labour and environmental standards. They will also discuss economic, social, environmental and human rights impacts resulting from the implementation of the Agreement. The participants will reflect moreover on how the civil society from the EU, Colombia and Peru can cooperate to promote sustainable development in the context of trade relations and prepare for the next joint meeting. The participants may adopt a joint declaration summarising outcomes of their discussion and present it to the Parties during the open session planned for 8 December.

07/12/2016 08/12/2016

The Employers' Group has been invited by the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts to co-organize an Extraordinary Seminar regarding the issue of Transposition of EU Legislation in Member States, also known as Goldplating. The Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts considers this to be a serious issue in this young Member State which requires serious study and consideration. The Employers' Group has already carried out a targeted study on this subject and has been fully supportive of the work being done in the INT Section.

Members of the Group will participate actively in the seminar and share national experiences in other Member State on the issue of over implementation and how best to deal with this issue.

06/12/2016

The EU-Turkey Joint Consultative Committee (JCC)  brings together representatives of organised civil society from the EU and Turkey. It complements the other bodies set up within the framework of the Association Agreement between the EU and Turkey and enables civil society organisations from both sides to monitor the accession negotiations and initiate debates on issues of common interest. Its members come from various economic and social interest groups. This is the 35th meeting and it took place in Ankara.

05/12/2016 06/12/2016

On Thursday 1 December, members of Group III representing the liberal professions met in a WORKSHOP on Liberal Professions in Europe, chaired by Arno Metzler, Vice-President of Group III. The event also brought together representatives of organisations representing the liberal professions in several Member States (Austria, Germany, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Belgium, the Czech Republic and Spain) and a number of other European professional organisations.

01/12/2016

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