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26/09/2018

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in cooperation with the European Retail Financial Forum (ERFF) is organising a high-level conference on Consumers at the heart of finance in Europe to take place on 26 September at 9.00 in Brussels.

The aim of the conference will be, on the one hand, to create knowledge of and encourage adherence to European Union institutional policy, by disseminating the main messages of the EESC opinions on the

28/09/2018

In the context of the UN 2030 Agenda, the European Economic and Social Committee will hold a public debate where we will explore how the EESC has worked towards implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in practice – both with civil society, and within the Committee itself.   

03/10/2018

The rights and principles forming the European Pillar of Social Rights fall into three areas, one of which is social protection and inclusion, which is to say everything touching upon living conditions in our society.

The 20th and final principle of the European Pillar of Social Rights deals with "access to essential services". It establishes the right to essential services of good quality and gives a non-comprehensive list of those services most important to people's daily lives. The Member States continue to be responsible for identifying, organising, providing and funding these services at national, regional or local level. However, it is not enough simply to state that essential services – including services across borders – must be universally available; the notion of essential services and how they can be delivered must be clarified.

09/10/2018
Extraordinary meeting of the Workers' Group

The Workers' Group is organising an extraordinary meeting in Vienna, Austria, on the occasion of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

11/10/2018
Extraordinary Group III Meeting

The Diversity Europe Group (Group III) will hold an extraordinary meeting on 11 October on the question: "Can Economic Progress and Social Stability Cure EU-scepticism?"

The meeting is being organised in partnership with the Vorarlberg Chamber of Labour and will take place in the Montforthaus Congress Centre in Feldkirch, Austria.

23/10/2018
how to better use EU funds for persons with disabilities in the new financial framework

The EESC Study Group on Disability Rights is organising a public hearing on "The new MFF and cohesion policy: how to better use EU funds for persons with disabilities in the new financial framework". The aim of the event is to look into the changes for funds available for inclusions of persons with disabilities in the new MFF and cohesion policy.
Based also on presentations of good practices, we will try to identify what worked and what did not in the past MFF and make recommendations for the future.
Your presence and input are most welcome!

29/10/2018
Assessing women's and children's health

On the 29th October, the Group on the Inclusion of the Roma will be looking at the Roma's current health situation and their access to healthcare.  Issues such as discrimination in access to health care, differences in life expectancy between Roma and non-Roma, as well as poverty and its effects on the Roma's health situation will be discussed.  The hearing will also look into the situation in women's and children's health, with a particular emphasis on forced sterilizations, pregnancy and infant mortality, as well as vaccination amongst children.  It will also feature a discussion on the solutions offered by the state in the light of health issues brought about by poverty, as well as recommendations on the way forward.

30/10/2018
An interactive exchange on initiatives for responsible business conduct in the EU

The purpose of the conference is to raise awareness, across the EU, on how multi-stakeholder actions can boost the achievement of the SDGs, to identify success factors, and to develop follow-up actions for upscaling these to EU-level.

The specific conference objectives are:

30/11/2018

Bulbs that burn out quicker than expected, batteries that run out before a set period or electrical or electronic goods, like your laptop, printer or favourite coffee maker, breaking down too quickly are just a few examples of planned obsolescence – products that are designed to stop working more rapidly, and usually shortly after the expiry of their guarantee. Replacing these products means using up additional energy and resources, which generates more waste and harmful pollution. This impacts consumers, producers' reputation, employment due to job losses in the repair profession as well as the transition to a more circular economy.