EESC Information Newsletter - February 2021

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Dear Madam, Dear Sir,

It is my pleasure to invite you to the 558th EESC Plenary Session.

On Wednesday 24 February at 2.45 p.m., we will hold a debate on the Conference on the Future of Europe with Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President of the European Commission for Democracy and Demography.

On Thursday, 25 February at 10.00 a.m., our Members will vote on the Resolution on the Involvement of Organised Civil Society in the National Recovery and Resilience Plans – What works and what does not? – followed by an exchange of views with Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Budget and Administration.

Later that day at 11.00 a.m., we will hold an award ceremony for the EESC Civil Solidarity Prize: Civil society against COVID-19 - an evaluation committee chose 23 winners among 250 applications received from 27 countries. The overall aim of the prize is to raise awareness and increase visibility of the contribution that natural persons, civil society organisations and private companies have made or are making to create a European identity and solidarity in a way that underpins the common values that are the foundation of European integration.

I will be glad to welcome you at our plenary session. To that end, I invite you to use webstreaming, which will allow you to follow all the votes and discussions remotely.

Best regards,

Christa Schweng
EESC President

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News from the ESCs

Main opinions to be discussed during the upcoming session (24-25 February 2021)

  • Package for fair and simple taxation (ECO/531), Mr Andersson (GR. I – SE)
  • A Capital Markets Union for people and businesses – new action plan (ECO/533), Mr Bollon (GR. I – FR)
  • A Digital Finance Strategy for the EU (ECO/534), Mr Dandea (GR. II – RO)
  • Crypto-assets and distributed ledger technology (ECO/535), Mr Guerini (GR. III – IT)
  • Digital operational resilience (ECO/536), Mr García Del Riego (GR. I – ES)
  • The Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy 2021 (ECO/537), Mr Balon (GR. III – PL)
  • Brexit Adjustment Reserve (ECO/542), Mr Marin (GR. II – RO)
  • Asylum management under the New Pact on Migration and Asylum (SOC/669), Mr Dimitriadis (GR. I – EL)
  • Asylum procedures under the New Pact on Migration and Asylum (SOC/670), Mr Gkofas (GR. III – EL)
  • A Renovation Wave for Europe (TEN/723), Mr Coulon (GR. II – FR)

Main opinions adopted during the previous hybrid session (27-28 January 2021)

  • Summary of adopted opinions
  • Euro area economic policy 2021 (ECO/538), Ms Vorbach (GR. II – AT)
  • A New Pact on Migration and Asylum (SOC/649), Mr Moreno Díaz (GR. II – ES)
  • Stepping up Europe's Climate Ambition (Communication) (NAT/803), Mr Puech d’Alissac (GR. I – FR)
  • Application of the Aarhus Convention - Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (NAT/808), Mr Schwartz (GR. III – FR)
  • EU Strategy for Energy System Integration (TEN/717), Mr Ribbe (GR. III – DE)
  • Hydrogen strategy (Communication) (TEN/718), Mr Coulon (GR. II – FR)

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