The Romanian Presidency has asked the EESC for an exploratory opinion on "Towards better economic convergence and competitiveness within macro-regions, such as the European Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) - the role of transnational clusters". Romania presidency intends to use the EESC exploratory opinion as a working paper for preparing the meeting of the Ministers of economy of the EUSDR states. For this the EESC is organising a public hearing in Bucharest with the participation of stakeholders to explore how project-oriented policies can be directed towards the development of transnational networks. The hearing will also reflect the added value of transnational clusters for achieving economic convergence and reducing territorial disparities.
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The event aims at bringing together governments, social partners and civil society to help each other in the definition and implementation of the Council recommendation ‘Upskilling pathways: new opportunities for adults’ adopted in December 2016.
The European Economic and Social Committee will in 2019 issue an opinion from the perspectives of organised civil society on the
New EU Forest Strategy: for forests and the forest sector in the light of the Commission's progress report. This public hearing will host representatives of concerned organisations within the EU and outside to share views from anywhere in the spectrum of organised civil society.
543rd Plenary Session - with Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, Thursday 16 May at 9.15 a.m. and at 10.15 a.m. a debate on anti-Semitism, with Raya Kalenova, (European Jewish Congress), Michał Bilewicz (Centre for Research on Prejudice - University of Warsaw), Joël Kotek, professor at the Free University.
On the 7th of May the Diversity Europe Group of the EESC organised its Extraordinary Meeting in Bucharest. This high level conference took place at the Atrium of the National Library, and its topic was 'A Europe of Shared Values and Civil Society'.
Together with the other EU institutions in Brussels, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) opened its doors on Saturday 4 May in celebration of Europe Day. This year the Open Day was about choosing your future: the European elections on 23-26 May are your chance to have a say on who makes big decisions that affect your daily life. Pledge to vote and take responsibility for the future at thistimeimvoting.eu!
The event will focus on how the EU and its Member States can contribute to the implementation of the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. The first panel will cover the views of relevant institutional stakeholders on what can and should be done at European level. The second panel will focus on the role that social partners and civil society organisations can play in working towards achieving the compact's objectives.
The Labour Market Observatory of the EESC has organised a conference entitled "Solidarity between generations: a focus on ageing workers " on the 30 April 2019, at the EESC.
10 years after the first European Day of Solidarity between Generations (29 April 2009), we looked into the concept of solidarity and cooperation between generations, for a fairer and sustainable labour market. We put the focus on the situation of ageing workers and the preconditions for them to stay active in the new world of work. That was particularly timely, as discussions contributed to the drafting of an ongoing SOC/624 opinion on "Changing world of work and ageing workers".
The 15th meeting of the EU Advisory Group for the EU-Central America Association Agreement took place on 29 April 2019 in Brussels. Please click on the programme tab to consult the topics on the agenda.
The EESC organised its 7th Western Balkans Civil Society Forum in Tirana on 16-17 April 2019.
The main topics on the agenda were the role of civil society organisations in promoting regional cooperation (trade and investment, connectivity and people to people relations), the state of social dialogue, as well as enabling civic space in the Western Balkans.
It brought together approximately 180 participants, including a broad range of civil society representatives from the EU and the Western Balkans, as well as representatives of EU institutions, international organisations and governments of the region.