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Public Hearing

The negative impact of the COVID-19 crisis on women's social and economic situations triggered a debate on the urgent need for a gender-sensitive policy response to the pandemic. In this context, the establishment of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) – the EU's biggest financial instrument supporting recovery in the Member States – was an opportunity to channel extraordinary resources towards measures that take into account the principles of gender equality.

How to speed up the Shift to Renewable Energy in Europe

The Sustainable Development Observatory of  the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will host an online conference with the aim to assess the future development of photovoltaic systems and wind power plants and discuss how to build up the European renewable industry to avoid creating new dependencies. 


As part of its work to prepare an opinion on the Commission package to better protect people from asbestos and ensure an asbestos-free future, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising a hybrid public hearing on 31 October 2022 from 10:00 am to 13 am.
The aim of the event is to gather input from other EU Institutions, civil society and academia on the following questions:

• What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Commission's package?
• What kind of activities do different actors carry out to protect workers from asbestos exposure, and are there any best practices to be shared?
Your participation and input are most welcome!


This hearing will focus on topical questions such as the possible avenues to help MSMEs be well informed and prepared to grasp the opportunities of the transition to climate neutrality, coupling it with the possibilities offered by the digitalisation and hedging the current geopolitical risks. It will also take into consideration the challenges faced by the Belgian companies and the opportunities offered to them if they successfully adjust to the climate neutral and digitalised world.


With the following guests: ​​​Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, Evelyn Regner, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Prof. Leonardo Meeus, and Pegah Moulana, Advocacy Coordinator at Youth and Environment Europe.

Web streaming

26/10/2022 27/10/2022
Youth inclusion: key to successful migrant integration

The European Migration Forum – the dialogue platform on migration, asylum and migrant integration – met for the seventh time on 20-21 October 2022.

20/10/2022 21/10/2022
Mini-hearing as part of the study group meeting on Semiconductors

The EESC is currently working on a new opinion document "Strategic autonomy and semiconductors - Addressing structural shortages and strengthening strategic autonomy in the semiconductor ecosystem".  
The works are conducted through two meetings of a study group. The rapporteurs are Mr. Anastasis Yiapanis and Mr. Guido Nelissen. When ready, this opinion will be transmitted to European Commission, European Parliament and Council for consideration. Our first meeting will take place on 19 October 2022 (9h30-13h), and during this meeting a mini-hearing will take place with six stakeholders so that they can convey their vision of the semiconductors industry.