The EESC issues between 160 and 190 opinions and information reports a year.
It also organises several annual initiatives and events with a focus on civil society and citizens’ participation such as the Civil Society Prize, the Civil Society Days, the Your Europe, Your Say youth plenary and the ECI Day.
The EESC brings together representatives from all areas of organised civil society, who give their independent advice on EU policies and legislation. The EESC's326 Members are organised into three groups: Employers, Workers and Various Interests.
The EESC has six sections, specialising in concrete topics of relevance to the citizens of the European Union, ranging from social to economic affairs, energy, environment, external relations or the internal market.
Moderator:Ms Dilyana Slavova, president of the Section for External Relations of the European Economic and Social Committee
Mr Rachid Maaninou, deputy secretary-general of the Union for the Mediterranean Secretariat in charge of Business Development and Employment
Mr Luca Jahier, president of the European Economic and Social Committee
Ms María del Carmen Barrera, acting president of the Economic and Social Council of Spain
Interventions by guests of honour
Mr Levent Gök, Vice-president of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey
Mr Amr Talaat, Egyptian minister of communications and information technology tbc
Mr Konrad Mizzi, Maltese minister for tourism
Mr Mounir Mahjoubi, former French secretaryofstatefor digital affairs and member of the French National Assembly
Mr Ahmed El Wakil, President of the Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the Mediterranean (ASCAME)
11:00–11.30 Coffee break and family picture
11:30–13.00 Session 1: Digitalisation and SMEs in the Mediterranean region, opportunities and challenges
This session is based on the draft report prepared by the EESC and sent to the delegations before the summit. It will provide an opportunity to address issues in a wide discussion with the audience.
Moderator:Mr Mohammad Nabulsi, secretary general, ESC of Jordan
Ms María Helena de Felipe Lehtonen, president of the Euromed Follow-Up Committee of the European Economic and Social Committee
Ms Rym Ayadi, founder of the Euro-Mediterranean Economist Association
13.00–14.30 Networking lunch hosted by the EESC
14.30–16.00 Session 2: Workshops
This session is dedicated to work in smaller groups, in order to develop more specific recommendations.
Workshop 1 The cost of non-digitalisation | Key speakers: Mr Dan Catarivas, ESC of Israel | Mr Benoit Denis, senior economist, European Investment Bank | Mr Nacer Kettane, Member of the ESEC of France | Moderator: Mr Moucef Kettani, ESEC of Morocco
Workshop 2 Digital skills and their impact on youth employment | Key speakers: Ms Dilyana Slavova, member, Bulgarian ESC | Mr Jan Drahokoupil, senior researcher, European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) | Moderator:Mr Mehdi Omarouayache,NESC of Algeria
Workshop 3Digitalisation to counter rural depopulation | Key speakers: Mr Juan José Álvarez, president of the Working Group on Agriculture and Fisheries, Economic and Social Council of Spain | Ms Laura Tabet, Egypt Focal Point at Access Agriculture | Moderator:Mr Erjon Curraj, Digital Transformation Expert, Albania
16:00–16:30 Coffee break
16:30–18:00 Session 3: Restitution of the workshop conclusion
In this session, the moderators of the three sessions will present the main recommendations developed in their respective workshops.
Moderator:Mr Shaher Saed, ESC of Palestine
18:00–19:30 Networking cocktail hosted by the EESC
23 October 2019
09.00-09.15 Interventions by guests of honour
Mr Roger Albinyana, Director of the Mediterranean Regional Policies and Human Development Department, European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed)
Mr Alaa Ezz, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Enhancing Business Support Organizations network (EBSOMED)
09.15–10.15 Session 4: The role of education and vocational training to increase digital skills
This session underlines the importance of education and vocational training to increase digital skills, essential for SMEs to succeed in their digital transformation. This session focuses on the EESC information report on Education and Vocational Training in the Mediterranean (REX/506) and constitutes a follow-up on discussions during the Euromed Summit 2018.
Moderator: Mr Georges Choueiri, member, ESC of Lebanon
Ms Cinzia Del Rio, rapporteur REX/506, EESC
Mr Xavier Matheu de Cortada, head of policy unit of the European Training Foundation (ETF)
10.15–11.15 Session 5: External aid, investment, international trade and tourism
This session is dedicated to two recent opinions of the European Economic and Social Committee, notably External Aid, investment and trade as instruments to reduce economic migration (REX/516) and International Trade and Tourism – A global Agenda for Sustainable Development (REX/521). Both opinions tackle crucial issues of high importance to the Euromed Region.
Moderator: Mr Arno Metzler, president of the EESC's Diversity Europe Group
Mr Thomas Wagnsonner, co-rapporteur REX/516, EESC
Mr Alfred Gajdosik, rapporteur REX/521, EESC
11:15-11:45 Coffee break
11:45-12:55 Session 6: Networks in the Euro-Mediterranean area – developing regional cooperation
This session gives the floor to regional networks to present their activities and enhance their visibility.
Moderator:Mr Henri Malosse, former President, EESC
Mr Mustapha Tlili, Executive Secretary of the Arab Trade Union Confederation (ATUC)
Ms Beatriz Fdez-Tubau Rodés, Secretary-General of the Association of Organisations of Mediterranean Businesswomen (AFAEMME)
Ms Carmen Comos, representative of the Euro-Mediterranean Social Economy Network (ESMED) and Director General of the Spanish Social Economy Employers’ Confederation
Mr Vicent Garcés Ramón, President of the Mediterranean Citizens' Assembly Foundation (MCAF)
12:55-13:00 Closing remarks
Ms Helena De Felipe Lehtonen, President of the Euromed Follow-Up Committee, EESC