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The EESC's engagement with civil society organisations in Russia is governed by the five guiding principles for EU-Russia relations agreed between EU foreign ministers and the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. One of these guiding principles is "support for people-to-people contacts".

Dialogue and the exchange of experiences between civil society representatives from the EU and Russia contribute in a significant way to the continued implementation of the EU-Russia Strategic Partnership. The EESC has adopted a two-stranded approach to its relations with Russian civil society in order to engage with as wide a range of civil society representatives as possible. On the one hand, it maintains relations with the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, its official Russian counterpart, and organises – amongst other things – annual joint seminars on topics of interest to civil society on both sides. The EESC's other partner is the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, which brings together a different set of civil society organisations.

The EU-Russia Follow-up Committee is an internal EESC body, which acts as a steering group, and is responsible for developing and maintaining relations and organising meetings and joint seminars with civil society in Russia.

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09/12/2016

Evictions remain a serious problem across Europe and the input session will draw the attention to similarities between evictions in different kind of countries.

The session will help raise awareness of the issues, and allow for interchange between Roma organizations across Europe and is part of the continuous work of the EESC to bring attention to Roma issues. This will also be an opportunity for the EESC to deepen its work on evictions, following the showing of a film on Roma evictions in Italy ("River Memories") followed by a debate on this issue.

03/02/2015

ESC hearing on  " Investment Protection and ISDS in EU Trade and Investment Agreements". The hearing will gather civil society representatives who will present their position towards investment protection and Investor to State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions in the current process of elaboration of the EU investment policy, which was added as an exclusive competence of the EU since the Lisbon Treaty.

30/06/2015

The EESC and the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum are organising their 2nd Joint meeting. The objective of the meeting is to discuss themes of common interest for the EU and Russian civil society. On the agenda this year will be questions such as the restrictive legislation for civil society development in Russia, the role of media in influencing social and political processes, trans-border corruption and the impact of tensions in the EU-Russia relations on the EU and Russian societies.

 

15/07/2013

Strengthening competitiveness, growth and jobs, and completing the EMU were among the main topics discussed at the European Council of 27-28 June 2013. Appropriate follow-up should now be given both at national and European level. Therefore, the EESC organises a Post-Summit debate with Member States that will focus on an analysis of the main decisions taken at the Summit and their practical implementation for shaping the future of EMU and Europe ahead of the 2014 European elections.

25/06/2015 26/06/2015
Room JDE 63

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), and the European Youth Forum (YFJ) organised a joint event on youth employment on the afternoon of June 25th in the European Economic and Social Committee.

02/09/2016

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).

24/06/2013

Although the European Union does not have legislative powers in the field of housing, the housing policies of the Member States, including those on social housing, are involved in a growing number of European strategies and are affected - sometimes negatively - by decisions taken in other policy areas. The conference will discuss recent developments in favour of social housing and concrete proposals made by these organizations.

05/03/2014

The EU-Africa strategy was adopted in 2007 and has become the main framework for inter-continental relations between Europe and Africa. Its goal is to develop a shared vision of the main global issues whilst simultaneously strengthening cooperation in a broad range of areas such as development, governance, human rights, trade, regional integration, food security and migration.

09/03/2015

The EESC Employers' Group is organising a seminar on the future of the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership in La Valletta, Malta. This event, which will be attended by representatives of the EU and US negotiators, local politicians, business representatives and EESC members, aims to analyze the possible effects of TTIP on Maltese businesses and citizens, as well as to give a platform for Malta's business and political world to speak out on their needs and expectations from these trade negotiations. During this debate, we will also focus on what TTIP can bring to Maltese SMEs and how it could significantly support the creation of additional growth and jobs in Malta.

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