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522nd Plenary Session

Debate in connection with the adoption of EESC opinion SOC/542 on the social pillar,
with the participation of Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility,
and Maria João Rodrigues, MEP and former Portuguese labour minister

Presentation of the Maltese Presidency's priorities, with the participation of Ian Borg,
Maltese parliamentary secretary for EU funds and the 2017 presidency

Debate on the current state of the European economy and prospects for deepening the EMU,
with the participation of Pierre Moscovici
, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs,

25/01/2017 26/01/2017

Given that Europe's priority today is to promote sustainable growth and investment within a fair and better integrated market, the corporate tax reforms package will help to provide a fair and efficient taxation of corporate profits. The EESC is currently drawing up three interlinked opinions on key proposals presented and in this framework the Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion (ECO) will organise a public hearing on "The Corporate tax reforms package - with focus on Common (Consolidated) Corporate Tax Base".

 

17/01/2017
Public hearing contributing to the preparation of the EESC opinion

The EESC has organised a public hearing in the framework of its opinion on "Establishing a new Partnership Framework with third countries under the European Agenda on Migration" in the morning of the 12th of January. These hearings are the opportunity for the Member of the study group working on the opinion to hear the input from stakeholders on the topic before finalising the EESC opinion.

Much has been achieved since the adoption of the European Agenda on Migration, not least beyond the EU's borders. Based on the Valetta Summit and the different process linked with migration and third countries, the EU looks to create new coherent and tailored partnerships on migration with countries of origin and transit.

This hearing has focused on the status and challenges of these partnerships as well as the Civil society perspective on them.

12/01/2017

On 10 January 2017, the EESC, in cooperation with the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), is organizing the screening of the film "Sold" at Bozar.

Based on true stories, "Sold" illustrates the brutality of child trafficking, which affects millions of children around the globe every year. EESC Vice Presdient Gonçalo Lobo Xavier will participate in the opening and Group I member Madi Sharma, rapporteur for opinions on human trafficking, will participate in the debate following the screening.

 

10/01/2017

521st Plenary Session

• Thursday 15 December at 9 a.m.: Presentation of the European Commission's 2017 work programme 
with
 
Frans Timmermans

• Thursday 15 December at 10 a.m. Debate on the new sustainable economic models, 
with 
Jyrki Katainen

• Award ceremony for the Civil society prize,  
on Thursday 15 December at 12 p.m.

14/12/2016 15/12/2016

During the meeting, the EU DAG will discuss with a representative of the European Parliament the progress in work on its report on implementation of the EU-Korea FTA. The European Commission will update participants on the state of play and the next steps in the implementation of the EU-Korea joint project related to the ILO Convention No. 111. The EU DAG will discuss moreover preparations for the next EU-Korea Civil Society Forum.

13/12/2016

Evictions remain a serious problem across Europe and the input session will draw the attention to similarities between evictions in different kind of countries.

The session will help raise awareness of the issues, and allow for interchange between Roma organizations across Europe and is part of the continuous work of the EESC to bring attention to Roma issues. This will also be an opportunity for the EESC to deepen its work on evictions, following the showing of a film on Roma evictions in Italy ("River Memories") followed by a debate on this issue.

09/12/2016

The 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22), took place in Marrakech from 7 to 18 November 2016.  On 8 December 2016, the EESC's Sustainable Development Observatory will organise a COP22 debriefing to discuss if the so called "COP of action" fulfilled its promises.

08/12/2016

During the meeting, the EU Domestic Advisory Group (EU DAG) and civil society representatives from Colombia and Peru will discuss implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Title of the Trade Agreement, with a particular focus on respect for international labour and environmental standards. They will also discuss economic, social, environmental and human rights impacts resulting from the implementation of the Agreement. The participants will reflect moreover on how the civil society from the EU, Colombia and Peru can cooperate to promote sustainable development in the context of trade relations and prepare for the next joint meeting. The participants may adopt a joint declaration summarising outcomes of their discussion and present it to the Parties during the open session planned for 8 December.

07/12/2016 08/12/2016

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