519th Plenary Session, with the following debates and presentations :
To mark the beginning of the Slovak EU Presidency, the EESC is organising during the July plenary session the opening of a photo exhibition “Reflections from Slovakia” by Yaro M. Kupčo, a Slovak photography artist. The exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU and Slovaks in Luxembourg ASBL.
The hallmark of a sustainable circular economy is a society that reduces its burden on nature by ensuring that resources remain in use for as long as possible. Once the maximum value has been extracted, resources can then be recovered and reused, remanufactured, or recycled to create new products.
In the context of the Slovak Presidency to the EU, the Employers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee is organising a conference entitled "Sustainable Industry in the context of the Circular Economy". The event will take place on 13th September 2016 in Kosice, Slovakia. The participants of the discussion will elaborate on how the circular economy can support sustainable growth and the role of business in the transition to a more circular economy.
Within a short time, a great number of people seeking refuge arrived in Europe. While this phenomenon has created a major political crisis, it has also awakened solidarity, creativity and a desire for change in our societies. Communities all over Europe have taken ownership for receiving and including newcomers.
Join us at the Social Innovation for Refugee Inclusion Seminar, to reflect on these new dynamics in European societies through workshops, plenary sessions and match-making sessions.
The EESC civil society prize aims to reward model and inspiring projects that represent the best of human solidarity in Europe and which have demonstrated real impact on the ground by improving the lives of migrants and fostering their integration in European society.
The EESC received an unprecedented 284 applications from 27 countries and awarded 5 winning initiatives with a total of EUR 50,000. The Hungarian initiative was awarded EUR 14 000. The other four initiatives from Greece, Germany and Spain were awarded EUR 9 000 each.
In the context of its work on the revision of the EU Blue Card Directive, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has organised a public hearing on Thursday, 8 September 2016. The aim was to identify the elements of an EU strategy for attracting skilled workers and to discuss how the EU Blue Card should be revised.
When it comes to Roma issues, the gender dimension has long been neglected. However, women have an essential role in Roma society and ensuring their participation is a key element in improving their situation. Romani women across Europe often face discrimination on multiple fronts: racism for being Roma, as well as gender discrimination.
It is not possible to speak about the inclusion of Roma if half of their community has little or no opportunity to express their needs and make their voice heard. Roma inclusion policy needs Roma women activists and advocates. The gender dimension can also play an important role in the success of National Roma Integration Strategies (NRISs).
The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is United Nations central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015.
518th Plenary Session, with the following debates and presentations
On Wednesday 13 July :
- The priorities of the Slovak Presidency, at 4 p.m. with Ivan Korčok, ministre délégué for the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union
- The future of the Economic and Monetary Union, at 5 p.m. with Sandro Gozi, Italian State Secretary to the Prime Minister's office with responsibility for European Affairs
On Thursday 14 July at 9.30 a.m.
- European competition policy, with Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner for Competition
For the 7th time, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Montenegro held the Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC).
The meeting was held in Brussels and tackled following issues:
- The current state of play in EU-Montenegro relations and the accession process
- The Connectivity Agenda in the areas of Energy and Transport
- Chapter 5 - Public procurement
- The state of industrial relations and the development of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Montenegro