In order to prepare its opinion on the Working Conditions of Platform Workers' proposals by the European Commission, the EESC is organising a remote public hearing on 18 February 2022 from 9:30 am to 1 pm.
Representatives of the two Domestic Advisory Groups (DAG) from the EU and Moldova, established under Chapter 13 on Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between the Republic of Moldova and the European Union, held the sixth joint meeting via video conference on 16 February 2022.
This meeting of the EU DAG for Vietnam focused on the future work of the EU DAG and the papers drafted by the working groups within the 2020-2023 mandate. The EU DAG also followed up on the first joint meeting with the Vietnamese civil society counterparts, which took place in November 2021. It was likewise an opportunity for the EU DAG to receive an update from DG Trade on TSD-related issues and implementation.
Additionally, Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Le Vinh Thang, from the Vietnamese Mission to the EU, participated in an exchange with the EU DAG members and shared his views on Vietnam's climate change commitments, in particular with regard to Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh's statement at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).
The need for a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable Europe is fundamental for the future. In particular, the pandemic has not only provoked a health crisis, but also pushed our economies and societies to the limit. To discuss a sustainable future for Europe, the Workers' Group is organising this event.
On February 11th 2022, the EESC organises an online public hearing in the context of the Commission's Strategic Foresight Report (SFR) and the Committee's own related opinion INT/958. The 2021 report considers 'The EU's capacity and freedom to act' and provides a multidisciplinary perspective on important global trends. The hearing will consist of two panels, each concluded by a discussion among the speakers and attendants. The first of the two panels will discuss the role and the best possible involvement of civil society organisations (CSOs) in participatory foresight while the second panel will give the floor directly to representatives from CSOs to present their own views on the present and next SFR.
Webstreaming will be available on the day of the event.
The conference is a joint European Commission-EESC event to discuss the annual report on the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, issued by the Commission in December 2021.
The NAT Section is organising an online thematic debate on 9 February 2022 to explore insights for the implementation of the Rural Pact towards a sustainable rural/urban development.
A proposed review of EU banking rules aims at ensuring that EU banks become more resilient to potential future economic shocks, while contributing to Europe's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition to climate neutrality. The public hearing will provide the views of institutional and civil society stakeholders, and will help form the policy recommendations the EESC is drawing up on the legislative proposals currently under discussion.
At this 2nd meeting of the EU DAG set-up under the TCA, members assessed TCA implementation looking back at the first year since it came into force.
In order to prepare its opinion on a renewed EU action plan against migrant smuggling (2021-2025) presented by the Commission, the EESC is organising a remote public hearing on 4 February 2022 from 10:00 to 13:00.