During it's meeting on 29 November 2019, the Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion (ECO) of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising a public debate "The Benefits of Gender Equality for the European Economy" with the aim to explore how policies aimed at achieving greater gender equality could help reinforce Europe's economic performance and what role the European civil society could play in supporting the development and implementation of these policies.
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The aim of the conference was to discuss the opportunities and challenges provided by digitalisation, in particular cutting-edge digital tools, AI and robotics as well as the prerequisites to make this happen. It also addressed expectations for future steps of policy making on the European Level.
This meeting of the Labour Market Observatory (LMO) is organised in collaboration with the National Council of Labour Consultants of Italy on the theme of long-term unemployment. This is one of the Observatory's priorities, at a time when EU Member States implement the 2016 Council Recommendation on the integration of long-term unemployed into the labour market.
This high-level public conference will look at the skills and competencies acquired by people who are active in civil society organisations (such as NGOs, trade unions,employers organisations). The question is how these people (especially young people) can demonstrate these skills and experience and be easier and better included on the labour market.
The Civil Society Days 2019 will take place at a crucial moment for Europe, namely after the Sibiu Summit and the European elections and ahead of the constitution of the new European Parliament and European Commission.
Current pressures on our democratic systems are threatening fundamental values (respect for human rights, individual liberty, equality, the rule of law) and the civil society space within the European Union. The alarming consequence is an erosion of democracy and restricted civic space in several parts of the EU.
Against this backdrop and in consideration of the transformation processes the EU is facing, namely on economic, energy and ecological, social, and democratic and participatory level, this year's Civil Society Days will focus on two main pillars, Democracy and Sustainability, and will explore their links and interactions.
The event aims at bringing together governments, social partners and civil society to help each other in the definition and implementation of the Council recommendation ‘Upskilling pathways: new opportunities for adults’ adopted in December 2016.
The Labour Market Observatory of the EESC has organised a conference entitled "Solidarity between generations: a focus on ageing workers " on the 30 April 2019, at the EESC.
10 years after the first European Day of Solidarity between Generations (29 April 2009), we looked into the concept of solidarity and cooperation between generations, for a fairer and sustainable labour market. We put the focus on the situation of ageing workers and the preconditions for them to stay active in the new world of work. That was particularly timely, as discussions contributed to the drafting of an ongoing SOC/624 opinion on "Changing world of work and ageing workers".
The Labour Market Observatory of the EESC is organising a conference entitled "Challenges and opportunities of SMEs in the context of future of work and digitalisation" on the 6 December 2018 from 10 am to 4:15 pm, at the EESC.
The event will look into the current situation of SMEs in the EU, in the context of recent developments linked to technological change. It will showcase several good practices from EU countries and feature speakers from the European Parliament, European Commission, the EESC, Eurofound, Cedefop, think-tanks, as well as from social partners and other civil society organisations.
The Labour Market Observatory of the EESC is organising a conference entitled "Public employment services in the context of the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights: what is their new role as regards active labour market policies?" on the 29 November 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm, at the EESC. The event will look into the current situation of public employment services in the EU, in the context of the implementation of the Pillar of Social Rights and other recent developments. It will showcase several good practices from EU countries, as regards activation, outreach to vulnerable people and cooperation with employers and trade unions. Speakers include representatives from the European Parliament, European Commission, the EESC, the OECD, the Public Employment Services (PES) Network, Eurofound, academia, as well as social partners and other civil society organisations.
This event is organised in the context of the preparation of an own-initiative opinion on the topic of "Employment opportunities for economically inactive people". It focuses in particular on this category of people, who, contrary to unemployed, are less studied. However, they have a labour market potential, and specific active public policies need to be created for them. Speakers include representatives of the European Commission, Eurofound and organised civil society.