Upcoming events

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  • CCMI/230

    The EESC´s Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) is organising a hearing on Industry 5.0, with the participation of the European Commission and many civil society stakeholders, aiming at providing a transformative vision for a sustainable, human-centric and resilient European industry.

  • The EESC is organising a hybrid public hearing on 28 May 2024 from 9:30 am to 1 pm.

    Its objective is to hear from policy makers, civil society organisations and social partners, about the importance of affordable community -based services and of a human rights approach to mental health care

    The outcomes of the hearing will feed into the EESC's opinion "Mental Health Community Services"

    Your participation and input are most welcome! 

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    588th plenary session, with the following guests: Margaritis Schinas, EC´s Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life (tbc), Bora Muzhaqi, Minister for Youth and Children of Albania, Elias Dray,  Vice-President of the European Youth Forum, Katrīna Leitāne, President of the EESC Youth Group; Ludivine Dedonder, Minister of Defence of Belgium (tbc), Timo Pesonen, Director-General, EC Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space (DEFIS) and Pietro De Lotto, President of the CCMI; Elisa Ferreira, European Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, and Prof. Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, Chair of the Group of High-Level Specialists on the Future of Cohesion Policy; László Andor, Sec. Gen. Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and Štefan Füle, Former EU Commissioner for Enlargement

    You will be able to follow the debates by web streaming. Web streaming

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    The European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN) is organizing the Conference in cooperation with the Belgian Federal Institute for Sustainable Development and the European Economic and Social Committee. The Conference will be an official event of Belgium’s EU Council Presidency.  

    As we find ourselves just over the halfway point to reaching the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, with only six more years left, the ESDN and co-organizers will focus this year’s Conference on transformative policies.

  • European social protection systems exhibit imbalances, especially for workers in non-standard and new forms of employment. This leaves many without adequate social protection coverage, especially women who often receive lower pensions due to employment gaps. Despite EU initiatives rolled out from the European Pillar of Social Rights, gaps persist, calling for legal and policy improvements. This hearing will invite relevant stakeholders to discuss these imbalances and recommend ways to achieve fairer social protection systems and bridge pension gaps across all types of employment.

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    2024 Euromed Summit

    The annual Euro-Mediterranean Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions provides civil society organisations (CSOs) from the UfM Member States with a platform to debate common challenges and opportunities and to exchange best practices.

  • Hearing of the Fundamental rights and Rule of law Group

    This hearing will examine the current state of prisons and detention centers in Europe, focusing on the experiences of inmates, detainees, and the working staff. The event will review existing regulations for these facilities and assess their practical implementation, to determine whether they uphold human rights standards adequately. Thanks to the participation of relevant stakeholders, the hearing seeks to identify gaps and challenges in the system, by comparing the laws with on-the-ground realities.

  • The 2024 annual meeting of presidents and secretaries-general of the ESCs of the EU & the EESC will be held on 19 June 2024. The meeting will tackle following topic "From words to action: the role of organised civil society in implementing and assessing public policies - the twin transition". 


  • A few days after the European Parliament elections, in a new political and institutional environment, the EESC is organising in cooperation with the Central Council of the Economy (CCE) and the National Labour Council (CNT) of Belgium a joint Seminar on: 'Transitions towards a digital, green, just and competitive Europe: the role of social and civil dialogue.' This seminar will be held on 20 June 2024 and be open to the public.

    Faced with a range of critical external and internal challenges, the EU has embarked on a new sustainable growth strategy. The seminar will take stock of the obstacles to a transition towards a competitive, just and low-carbon economy. It will also give voice to a variety of actors of social and civil dialogue in the EU, representatives of EU and national institutions, academia and research institutes to assess how they could - in a joint effort - support the implementation of public policies, and particularly the twin transition, through the establishment of genuine social and civil dialogue.