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24/05/2018 25/05/2018
Citizenship, Democracy & Culture in digitalised Europe

This year's Civil Society Days will take place right after the plenary session at which the European Economic and Social Committee celebrates its 60th anniversary.

The focus of this Civil Society Days will be on fostering the current debate about the future of Europe and on highlighting the role across Europe of the civil society organisations which come together in the EESC to represent "Europe at work".
In line with this twofold emphasis, the CivSocDays 2018 will address Europe at work in relation to a dimension which has permeated our everyday working and living environment and will affect and shape our future, as well as the future of Europe: the digital world.

14/03/2018 24/05/2018

Within the framework of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the European Economic and Social Committee is hosting the exhibition "The Cyrillic Alphabet - The New Alphabet in the European Union"
The exhibition consists of a collection of graphic art posters created by students of the Department of Book and Printed Graphics of the Bulgaria's National Academy of Art in 2007, on the occasion of the country's accession to the EU.


The hearing is part of the EESC follow-up work related to its opinion on Improving the effectiveness of EU policies for SMEs, adopted in July 2017.

The main objective of the hearing will be to debate the effectiveness and efficiency of EU policies for SMEs and gather valuable input and feedback from Lithuanian stakeholders on the matter with a view to finding ways in which they can be improved. Particular emphasis will be put on the recommendations that have been outlined in the EESC opinion with the aim of implementing them at national level.


To celebrate Europe Day, the EESC will open it's doors to the public on Saturday 5 May from 10.00 to 18.00.

It will be a unique opportunity for citizens to discover the only institution representing Organised Civil Society in Europe (employers, workers and various interests groups) works.

Throughout the day, the public will have the opportunity to discover the EESC and exchange views with it's members to understand their role in the EU's decision-making process.

Some interactive games on the EU or the EESC will be organized as well as some activities for the youngest.

Venue: rue Belliard 99-101, 1000 Bruxelles
Opening hours: 10h00-18h00

03/05/2018 04/05/2018

The members of the Committee will discuss the latest developments in EEA as well as EU/EFTA issues. The Consultative Committee will adopt two resolutions on:

  • the social aspects of the Mobility Package ("Europe on the move")
  • the work-life balance
European dialogue on non-state climate action

This event aims to present the outcomes of the EESC opinion on Boosting climate actions by non-state actors and operationalise  the proposed dialogue. It will include both plenary sessions and participatory workshops focusing on thematic areas bringing together experts from national and subnational governments, the private sector, financial institutions and leading international and civil society organisations.


On the 12 April 2018, the Labour Market Observatory will hold a conference on the topic of the long-term unemployment. Following the 2016 Council's recommendation on this subject, the aim is to assess the current situation and discuss about the outcome of LMO's project to evaluate the implementation of the recommendation in the EU Member States. Participants will include representatives of the European Commission, social partners, the EESC groups on disabilities and Roma.


During the 6th EU-Korea Civil Society Forum (CSF), participants will discuss labour standards with the ILO representative, including progress achieved by both Parties to the Agreement as well as the next steps in the ratification and effective implementation of the ILO fundamental and other up-to-date conventions. Both DAGs also will exchange information about the role of civil society in the EU and the Republic of Korea in the development and implementation of the climate change policy at national, EU and international level. They then will adopt final conclusions.