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525th Plenary Session including the following events:  

Debate with Can Dündar, a Turkish journalist nominated for the 2016 Sakharov Prize, on Wednesday 26 April at 3 p.m.

Debate with Professor Dusan Sidjanski, honorary chairman of the European Cultural Centre, on Wednesday 26 April at 4.30 p.m.

Debate with Maroš Šefčovič, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for the Energy Union, on Thursday 27 April at 10.30 a.m.

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The EESC's Consultative Commission on Industrial Change has drawn up several opinions on the paradigm of digitalisation. These opinions contained recommendations for the European Institutions and public authorities in general. The conference to be held in Malta on 21 April 2017 will provide an opportunity for passing on these recommendations again so that they can be taken on board and swiftly implemented by the public authorities.


The exhibition focuses on an accessible society for autistic persons. Pictures were taken by three photographers from the UK, Poland and Luxembourg, all aiming to help people understand what accessibility means for autistic persons and what kind of obstacles they face in their everyday life. Ultimately, the exhibition also aims at celebrating human diversity and at triggering a reflection on how to create the conditions for better inclusion for all in our community.

Photographs: Graham Miller, Michał Awin and André Weisgerber

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The ECI DAY 2017 focused on the individual involvement of citizens and their active role in policy shaping. It was organised in the context of the 60th anniversary of the Rome treaties, the first treaty to talk about European citizenship, in order to show all the positive developments of the concept and a number of new tools to involve citizens. The theme "I participate!" was to underline the importance of citizens' personal involvement in building up a comprehensive democratic system in the EU.


The event will be divided into two separate parts: the first panel will tackle issues of the immediuate present,  the question of "Challenges and opportunities of energy transition, alleviating the economic and social impact of declining coal". It deals with the direct consequences of the energy transition, of declining coal. The challenges also include the impact of closures of nuclear power plants.

The second panel will deal with the future and how decentralised renewables can revive coal-mining regions

The agenda was compiled in close cooperation with the TEN section, and other section presidents were also informed and invited.


Exchange of views with Mario MONTI, Chair of the High Level Group on Own Resources, on the findings and recommendations of the High Level Group, organised during the ECO Section meeting on Thursday, 6 April 2017, at the EESC premises in Brussels.


The hearing is part of the preparation of an own-initiative opinion by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) aiming at shedding some light to major aspects and challenges in relation with this topic. The final Opinion will be transmitted to the European Institutions for consideration.

Europe at 60: Where to next?

2017 is a very important year for Europe, as it marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome establishing the European Economic Community, the forerunner of the European Union.

Young people represent Europe’s future, and they will decide the direction of the EU in the years to come. The EESC, as the "voice" of civil society, is eager to ensure that the views, experiences and ideas of Europe’s younger generation are heard.

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Main debating chamber, European Parliament

524th Plenary Session

Wednesday 29 March 2017:

Debate on the EU's future trade policy, at 3 pm, with the participation of Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade

Debate on cohesion policy post-2020, at 4:30 pm with the participation of Corina Crețu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy


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On 23 March 2017, the European Economic and Social Committee together with the Committee of Regions and the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU jointly held a high-level conference on "Improving Regional Air Connectivity for Europe – a Pre-condition for Sustainable Economic Growth". While in major hub airports connectivity is usually dependant mainly on increasing capacity, further development of regional connectivity in the EU depends on a number of factors such as airport infrastructure, airline business models, regulatory and economic frameworks and geography. Conference participants attempted to address these factors and provide concrete solutions to what should be done to improve regional air connectivity in a sustainable manner. This event is part of a series of follow up activities that the EESC has been undertaking in support of the implementation of the Aviation Strategy.