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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.


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.


This is the 4th Joint Meeting of the Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs) under the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). This year it is organised virtually by the Canadian counterparts.

The EU as a new global actor and the role of civil society

The meeting of the External Relations section of 1st February is dedicated to Strategic Foresight, which consists in taking any given field of policy activity and identifying different possible scenarios, with their challenges and opportunities: for each scenario, a response is proposed in order to tackle the challenges and seize the opportunities


The webinar took place in the context of the EESC Thematic Study Group on Energy, in cooperation with the EESC INT Section. It concentrated on the main clean energy sources and the impact of the current transition to a carbon-neutral economy on the markets and on society.