Dear Madam, Dear Sir,
I would like to wish you a safe, healthy, and prosperous new year! It is also my pleasure to invite you to the 557th EESC Plenary Session, which will take place on 27-28 January in a hybrid form.
The first half of 2021 is dedicated to the Portuguese Presidency of the EU, which is why on Wednesday 27 January at 2.45 p.m., we will hold a debate on its priorities, with Prime Minister António Costa.
On the same day, at 4 p.m., Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission, will give a presentation of the 2021 Commission work programme and the Strategic Foresight Report. He will be followed, at 5.30 p.m., by Ylva Johansson, Commissioner for Home Affairs, who will take part in a debate on A New Pact on Migration and Asylum.
On Thursday 28 January at 10.30 a.m., Michel Barnier, Head of the European Commission's Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom, will be our keynote speaker in a debate on the new EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. Afterwards, at 12.00, Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, will present the UN's official mission to the EU institutions.
I will be glad to welcome you at our plenary session. To that end, I invite you to use webstreaming, which will allow you to follow all the votes and discussions remotely.
The EESC plenary session on social media: to take part in the online discussions, follow @EU_EESC or the hashtag #EESCplenary. You can also post on our Facebook page via https://www.facebook.com/EuropeanEconomicAndSocialCommittee/ where the plenary session is announced. Don't forget that the plenary session is also streamed. Are your networks and organisations interested in our discussions? Let them know!
News from the ESCs
- EESC: Civil Society Days 2021: A sustainable recovery for the Future of Europe's Citizens, 1-5 March 2021
- National Labour Council (CNT-BE): European consultation on the European Action Plan implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights. The opinion (available in FR and NL) can be downloaded on the CNT website as well as on CESlink.
- Romanian ESC: Mr Bogdan Simion has been elected new President of the ESC for a four-year term.
- Bulgarian ESC: Ms Zornitsa Roussinova has been elected new President of the ESC for a four-year term.
Main opinions to be discussed during the upcoming hybrid session (27-28 January 2021)
- Euro area economic policy 2021 (ECO/538), Ms Vorbach (GR. II – AT)
- A New Pact on Migration and Asylum (SOC/649), Mr Moreno Díaz (GR. II – ES)
- Stepping up Europe's Climate Ambition (Communication) (NAT/803), Mr Puech d’Alissac (GR. I – FR)
- Application of the Aarhus Convention - Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (NAT/808), Mr Schwartz (GR. III – FR)
- EU Strategy for Energy System Integration (TEN/717), Mr Ribbe (GR. III – DE)
- Hydrogen strategy (Communication) (TEN/718), Mr Coulon (GR. II – FR)
Main opinions adopted during the previous remote session (2-3 December 2020)
- Summary of adopted opinions
- The need to guarantee real rights for persons with disabilities to vote in European Parliament elections (additional opinion) (SOC/638), Mr Pater (GR. III – PL)
- Public services principles for stability of democratic order (Exploratory opinion at the request of the German presidency) (SOC/643), Mr Moos (GR. III – DE)
Upcoming events (webinars)
- The role of social economy in a fair and sustainable recovery: input for the future Action Plan on social economy, 17 February 2021
- Portugal's Presidency of the Council of the European Union
- The EESC's activities during the Portuguese Presidency (January-June 2021)
Past events (webinars)
- Race to Zero: Bolstering whole of society engagement for climate neutrality and sustainable recovery, 4 December 2020
- 21st EU DAG under the EU-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement, 4 December 2020
- Accelerating action on the SDGs in the EU for a sustainable recovery, 15 December 2020
- Challenges of Teleworking: organization of working time, work life balance and the right to disconnect, 7 January 2021
- Teleworking and gender equality, 15 January 2021