• FRRL Group-SOC773 Hearing

    The European Commission announced the Defence of Democracy Package as a way to promote free and fair elections, to fight disinformation, and to develop civic space and citizen participation. The initiative has raised much interest but also concerns amongst civil society actors fearing that aspects addressing interference from non-EU countries could affect civic space. Participating stakeholders are invited to discuss the content of the package to feed into the related EESC opinion.

  • Public debate on reforms for a more resilient EU economy for all in the context of the upcoming 2024 Elections for the European Parliament.

  • This public hearing is being organised as part of the preparation of the exploratory opinion ECO/630 on "Boosting long-term inclusive growth through reforms and investment" requested by the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU. It focuses on how to foster upwards social convergence and cohesion, in an economic governance framework defined around debt sustainability, productive investments and reforms. It also looks at the implications of such a framework for the European Semester and the strengthening of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

  • Priorities for the Future Leadership of the European Union to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in a Fragmented and Multipolar World

    The Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the EESC will host a high-level hybrid event on Europe’s future and the SDGs during the meeting of the EESC NAT Section. The event will aim to provide relevant contributions on how the EU can strengthen its SDG leadership in the context of the upcoming European elections in June 2024 and UN Summit of the Future in September 2024. The event will notably feature the launch of the 5th edition of the Europe Sustainable Development Report which tracks annually since 2019 the performance of all EU member states and partner countries on the SDGs and is co-designed with civil society. The discussions will also aim to highlight opportunities and mechanisms for further engagement with civil society organizations and the private sector to advance the SDGs in Europe. 

  • The Commission's proposal Business in Europe: Framework for Income Taxation (BEFIT) deals with a new single set of rules to determine the tax base of groups of companies, and is aimed at reducing tax compliance costs for large businesses operating across borders and making it easier for national authorities to determine which taxes are due. Directly linked to BEFIT is the proposal on transfer pricing, with the purpose to harmonise transfer pricing rules of Member States and to ensure a common application of the arm's-length principle within the EU. The new framework builds on the previous experiences from the common consolidated corporate tax base CCCTB, the OECD/G20 international tax agreement concerning the global minimum level of taxation, and on the Pillar Two Directive adopted at the end of 2022.

  • This meeting is hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), as a follow-up of its call for an EU Blue Deal. It is organised in partnership with the European Parliament Intergroup on “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development” and the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (CNR).

  • EU-Morocco JAG

    Civil society representatives of both sides to hold a debate on the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) negotiations between the EU and Morocco and adopt a joint statement to be sent to the negotiating parties.

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    584th plenary session, with the following guests: Pierre-Yves Dermagne, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy and Employment, Belgium, David Clarinval, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Middle Classes, the Self-Employed, SMEs, Agriculture, Institutional Reforms & Democratic Renewal, Belgium, Tinne Van der Straeten, Minister of Energy, Belgium.

  • The 10th meeting of the EU Domestic Advisory Group (DAG) under the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), and second meeting of the new 2023-25 term, took place on 9 January, 2024.

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    Agenda 2024 available in download