The civil society, cities and regions expect that necessary ambitious, fair and binding decisions will be adopted at the UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris in December 2015 in the form of a "universal deal". The 19 November conference organized jointly by the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Committee of the Regions aimed to demonstrate the mobilization of civil society, cities and regions for COP 21 and their concrete action on climate as well as promote strong messages contributing to the shaping of the global climate agreement.
On 19 November 2015, Cedefop, Eurofound and the EESC will hold a joint event to present recent findings and initiatives on work organisation and workplace learning. The event will mark the 40th anniversary of Cedefop and Eurofound, EU agencies with a governing structure of employers, trade unions and governments. It will also be an occasion to recognise the EESC’s support in setting up the Agencies as well as its strong tripartite role in EU policymaking.
The European Economic and Social Committee and Cultura contro camorra are jointly organising a Series of Conferences, Debates and Events which will take place between 16-19 November 2015.
What is the role of civil society in the fight against organised crime?
How can we increase the use of confiscated assets for social and cultural purposes?
How can we combat the involvement of organised crime in trafficking of human beings?
The week for fighting organised crime aims to provide an answer to these questions through conferences, debates and cultural events with the participation of policy makers and representatives from European and national authorities and civil society.
The event gathered all main national social partners (business federations and trade unions from the 28 Member States) for a full-day debate on the opportunities and challenges of TTIP for the social partners. The meeting allowed for discussion on concrete topics via plenary sessions and parallel panels. The overall objective of the conference was to inform social partners at the national level about the different aspects of TTIP, to promote a balanced exchange of views and experiences between these different national groups aimed at reaching some common understanding on the TTIP and its repercussions.
Which policies for access to land and natural resources, and which agricultural policies, may bring about production models which create jobs and add value without destroying natural resources?
In preparation for the World Forum on Access to Land and Natural Resources, the CESE, AGTER, and CERAI invite you to join them for a day of discussions about Land grabbing and land concentration in Europe on November 16th, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels, Belgium, 2 rue Van Maerlant, Bruxelles 1040, (Salle VM3). This European Land Access Day Conference is part of a series of regional conferences in preparation of the World Forum on Access to Land 2016, which is intended to be a ten-year follow-up to the World Forum on Agrarian Reform (Valencia, 2004) and the International Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (Porto Alegre, 2006).
Sustainable Development Goals: Implementation in Europe – United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) Opportunities for Engagement of Major Groups and Stakeholders (MGS)
The Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI), in collaboration with the ECO section, has recently launched a project dedicated to the impact of monetary policy on European industry and, very specifically, on the role of the European Investment Bank in this field.
In this context a round table will be held on 12 November 2015 in Brussels.
The EESC is organising a high-level conference in close cooperation with the Council, the EC and the Economic and Social Council of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Two half-days will be dedicated to the following topics:
- 11 November p.m.: social dumping in the road transport sector. In addition to the views of the EU institutions and key stakeholders, an exploratory EESC opinion on the matter (that should be adopted in September) will be presented;
- 12 November a.m.: cross-border infrastructural problems in road transport, particularly at the regional level, including a focus on the comprehensive TEN-T network. The topic is of particular importance to Luxembourg since it is a transit country. The Commissioner, Ms Corina Creu, responsible for regional policy, is expected to be present.
Rewarding enterprises that can demonstrate higher ethical performance
The conference is around the merits and the applicability of a concept for a new sustainable economic model based on core values such as solidarity, human dignity, social justice, environmental sustainability, transparency and democratic participation. This "Economy for the Common Good" is thought to contribute to the transition towards a "European Ethical Market" which will foster social innovation, boost the employment rate and benefit the environment. This model is to be realised within the market economy, it is not opposed to the market economy.
Islands have special characteristics and therefore face particular problems. However, their very specific situation can also offer opportunities if, with the necessary effort from all parties concerned, policies are developed and implemented which create sustainable growth and, at the same time, job opportunities for the young generation, competiveness and innovation, whilst respecting the environment and cultural heritage. This conference is foreseen in the Smart Islands project, and is aimed at showcasing and discussing best practices to help islands develop in a sustainable and "smart" manner.