• Shaping the future of Europe

    The objective is twofold: on the one hand, to review the progress made in building an ecosystem for social enterprises and, on the other hand, to see what the next steps are for this enterprise model to be recognized and more widely disseminated. The European Day of Social Economy Enterprises is also an excellent opportunity to give the floor to the actors in the field by bringing together the EESC's institutional partners and a number of sector representatives as well as several stakeholders in order to have a comprehensive view of the situation, create synergies and discuss how to proceed from the creation of an ecosystem to a systemic change at European level.


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    Opportunities arising from the restructuring of the European offshore oil and gas industry in the circular economy

    Opportunities arising from the restructuring of the European offshore oil and gas industry in the circular economy

    The European Economic and Social Committee's Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) and The European Parliament are organizing a two-part event to follow-up and consolidate earlier work on shipbreaking and the recycling society.

    The first part of this event will take place at the European Economic and Social Committee on 22nd June.

    The second part of this joint event will be a conference on 28th June in the European Parliament in Brussels.

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    The Europe we strive for

    "The Europe we strive for" will be organised civil society's call for a new political impulse to relaunch the EU on the basis of our values and roots.

    It will focus on four themes:

    • Populism, and how to develop a counter-narrative through education and culture;
    • Technological revolution: transforming work, minds and society;
    • Empowerment of civil society organisations, rights and the shrinking space for civil society;
    • Urban and rural dimensions, moving towards more social and territorial cohesion.


  • In the framework of the preparation of its own-initiative opinion, the Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion (ECO) organised a public hearing Wealth Inequality in Europe: the Profit-Labour Split, on Friday, 23 June 2017, at the EESC premises, starting from 10 a.m. The objective of the hearing was to gain contributions and insights on this topic from various stakeholders and expert, with a view to channelling these findings into the EESC opinion.

  • Extraordinary Group III Bureau Meeting

    On 23 June 2017, the Bureau of the Various Interests' Group of the EESC held an extraordinary meeting at Ballymascanlon Hotel in Dundalk, Ireland.
    The Bureau discussed the direct repercussions of "Brexit" on Ireland, its border, trade and communities.

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  • The EESC Permanent Study Group on Disability Rights is organising a public hearing on equal treatment in employment and occupation. The aim of the event is to analyse what has been achieved and  what is still to be done for the full implementation of the equal treatment in employment directive.

  • Labour Market Observatory (LMO)

    On 22 June 2017, the Labour Market Observatory (LMO) organised a partner event to the 2017 EU Green Week: a conference on the theme of 'Green jobs for a greener future'. This LMO event focused on the action needed to create quality jobs, adapt people's skills and help those affected by changes as part of the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and greener economy. Speakers included civil society representatives, members of the European Parliament and experts from the European Commission, ILO, OECD and think tanks.

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    The REGNVM project consists of a series of underwater portraits photographed over a span of two summers in various bays around the Maltese Islands.

    The photographs are also published in a limited edition book in which the photographs are woven together with the narrative thread of a story that tells of power, struggle, beauty and love around the inhabitants of the kingdom.

  • During the meeting, the EU DAG discussed with a representative of the European Commission the outcome and follow-up of the last CTSD meeting, held on March 24th, as well as the Commission's annual report on the EU-Korea FTA that was presented in June. Presentations of the recent developments in the Republic of Korea were also made by representatives of the correspondent country desk oin the European Commission and the EEAS. The EP shadow rapporteur on the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Korea, Dr Joachim Schuster, MEP (S&D Group), presented the European Parliament resolution adopted on 18 May 2017 to the EU DAG.

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    Scaling impact and connecting business with policymakers for low-carbon solutions

    The 7th LCTPi meeting, organized in cooperation with the EESC, will seek to demonstrate the progress that has been made since Paris, prepare for COP23 and focus on the actions that are being taken in Europe.