During the meeting, the EU DAG discussed with a representative of the European Commission the preparation for the meetings with Korea under the trade and sustainable development chapter. Preparations of the 7th meeting of the EU-Korea Civil Society Forum in Brussels were also discussed, along with the state of play of the government consultations.
A system of corporate liability for human rights abuses is currently being negotiated in the UN, within the UNHRC’s open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises concerning human rights (OEIGWG), established by the UN General Assembly on 26 June 2014. The mandate of the working group is to elaborate an international legally binding instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises. While the EU and its Member States play a role at the OEIGWG, the Commission has no mandate from the Council to conduct negotiations on behalf of the EU concerning its participation in the OEIGWG.
In the framework of its own initiative opinion on "Blockchain and distributed ledger technology as an ideal infrastructure for Social Economy", the EESC organizes on 29 May 2019 a public hearing on "Blockchain: technology for the social economy 4.0".
The objective of the hearing will be to give the floor to experts in the field, but also to present case studies aiming at showing how Social Economy can benefit from this new technology.
The meeting of the Section for External Relations will take place on 24 May 2019 in the room JDE 62. During this meeting, a special attention will be given to the 25th anniversary of the European Economic Area.
The 27th meeting of of the European Economic Area Consultative Committee took place in the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels (Belgium) on 23-24 May 2019.
The members of the Committee discussed the latest developments in EEA and well as EU/EFTA issues. Special attention has been given to the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the EEA Agreement. The Consultative Committee adopted two resolutions on the following topics:
- The European Labour Authority
- Benefits of 25 years of the EEA Agreement for the EEA countries
The NAT Section will hold a debate on "Circular Economy Strategies and Roadmaps: Cooperation and Inclusion" at its meeting of 23rd May.
The 5th meeting of the EU-Moldova Civil Society Platform took place on 23 May 2019 in Brussels. During the meeting, a debate was held assessing the state of play of the implementation of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement. Reports on public integrity framework in Moldova were discussed. Platform members also had a look at the update of past declarations adopted by the CSP, more specifically through a progress report on the implementation status of the DCFTA with Moldova and a debate on Dniester Water Management.
The European Parliament has been one of the key European institutions for trade unions to make our voices heard. However, the predictions of the next election results give cause for concern. One thing is clear - the landscape of the next European Parliament will change and the two traditional parties may no longer have a majority. What does this mean for trade unions and how will we navigate this new landscape?
The EESC believes that sustainable European systems of transport, energy and services of general interest are vital for addressing the global challenges in a modern, digitised and smart environment. The active participation and engagement of European Civil Society and citizens are crucial when assessing the challenges, consequences and impacts of digital transformation.
The objective of the hearing is to gather relevant views of experts and stakeholders that will help the EESC to know first-hand the objectives and concerns of Civil Society regarding the digital transformation and to formulate recommendations to the new European Commission and European Parliament for achieving shared goals.
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.