Water is a vital but an increasingly scarce resource. As the global population grows, so does the demand for water. The problem is global, but also concerns our continent: in summer 2022 Europe saw the most severe droughts in 500 years. Almost two thirds of European citizens consider water quality and/or quantity in their country to be a serious problem. Climate change will further affect the availability, quality and quantity of water. Without action, water scarcity and poverty could concern ever larger parts of civil societies around the world, with far-reaching implications for food security, the environment, human health as well as economic, social, and political stability.
Together with the other EU institutions in Brussels, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will open its doors in celebration of Europe Day.
The Conference on the Future of Europe brought to the forefront the importance of citizens having a say in EU policy, as well as how to facilitate their views. In the context of the EESC's opinion on citizen's panels an public consultation, this public hearing aims to examine these tools: What works? What doesn't? Who is the best placed to organise such deliberation?
With distinguished speakers representing the European institutions, Member States, social partners, civil society and research, the event promises to be enriching, thought-provoking and topical.
Have your say, join the debate!
With this debate, the ECO section is providing ex-ante input to the European Commission, in preparation for the upcoming 2023 strategic foresight cycle that wants to shed light on the strategic decisions needed to ensure a socially and economically sustainable Europe with a stronger role in the world in the coming decades.
Bank crisis management and deposit insurance scheme. A step towards the completion of the Banking Union
The ECO Section organizes this public hearing to discuss on the current framework on resolution and insolvency, supervision, and bank deposit insurance scheme, and its reform. This event will bring institutional actors and civil society. Its conclusions will feed the work on the exploratory opinion on bank crisis management and deposit insurance – 2022 Eurogroup proposal, at the request of the future Spanish Presidency of the Council.
In order to prepare the exploratory opinion requested by the future Spanish presidency of the EU on "Measures to improve mental health", the EESC is organising a hybrid public hearing on 11 April 2023 from 9:30 am to 1 pm.
The aim of the event is to gather input from policy makers, civil society organisations and social partners, which will feed into the EESC's opinion.
Your participation and input are most welcome!
The 30th anniversary of the Single Market has sparked a debate on its competitiveness, particularly in light of the US Inflation Reduction Act.
This workshop aims to discuss priorities to strengthen the EU’s SDG leadership at home and internationally in achieving climate neutrality and sustainable development ahead of major international summits planned for this coming July and September.