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On 29 September, EESC President Oliver Röpke visited Murcia where he attended, an informal ministerial meeting on general affairs, alongside the President of the Committee of the Regions, Vasco Cordeiro, and Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, to discuss the future of cohesion policy.


On 19 September, the EESC decided to involve representatives from the civil society of EU candidate countries in the advisory work of the Committee by appointing the "Enlargement Candidate Members (ECMs)". The EESC is now the first EU institution to take such an initiative and open its doors to the candidate countries, facilitating their progressive and concrete integration into the EU. The Members will participate in the preparation of the EESC opinions and Plenary meetings, that focus on enlargement.

On 8 November, the EESC will hold a conference on ''The social dimension in the National Recovery and Resilience Plans''.

The event represents an opportunity for policy-makers, EESC members, experts, national civil society organisations and social partners to discuss with the audience ways of ensuring that the social dimension occupies a central position in National Recovery and Resilience Plans. Participants will look at the actual implementation of NRRPs, examine whether the investment and reforms manage to address social challenges, and highlight the role of the social partners and civil society organisations in implementing these reforms.

President Röpke meets UN Secretary-General António Guterres

On 17 July, EESC President Oliver Röpke together with the EESC delegation, Peter Schmidt and Antje Gerstein held a meeting with UN Secretary-General António Guterres, in context of the UN High Level Political Forum taking place in New York.