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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is approaching its third year in the march towards realizing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The High-level Political Forum session this year will focus on the theme "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies". The European Economic and Social Committee is delighted to partner with several member states this year to co-host side events for knowledge exchange on important aspects that relate to the five environmental SDGs in focus at HLPF 2018.
For the 11th time, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Montenegro will hold the Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) in Podgorica, Montenegro.
This meeting will tackle following issues:
- Assessment of the state of play in Montenegro accession negotiations to the EU
- Chapter 19 of the accession negotiations – Social policy and employment, with a special focus on the European Pillar of Social Rights
- Chapter 2 of the accession negotiations – Free movement of workers
- Overview of the Civil Society situation in Montenegro
The EU-Africa economic and social stakeholders' network will first deal with the up-coming EU-Africa Action Plan for the period 2018-2020. The annual meeting will specifically address migration and economic issues, focusing on the implications for young people. The youth focus is essential as young people clearly represent an increasingly important proportion of African populations. Moreover, youth unemployment in both Africa and Europe is a shared concern of economic and social actors. It is helping to feed migration flows, especially for young Africans who are facing a lack of prospects.
The new Justice, Rights and Values Fund aims at simplifying the existing programmes to support the promotion and strengthening of justice, values and rights in the Europe. The Fund will support the activities of a number of actors such as NGOs, equality bodies, public administrations, judicial networks or universities, but no additional funding will be provided.
Hearing on the European Regional Development and Cohesion Policy – Cohesion policy for the period 2021-2027
"Identities, European Values and Cultural Heritage in Europe"
The 2018 prize will reward innovative initiatives carried out by civil society organisations and/or individuals on the territory of the EU and aimed at raising awareness of the multiple layers and richness of European identities, exploiting the full potential of Europe's cultural wealth, facilitating access to European cultural heritage and promoting European values (respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law).
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in cooperation with the Thessaloniki’s Traders Association and the University of Macedonia is organising a Public Hearing on the Company Law package. The purpose of this hearing is to gather input and feedback from Greek stakeholders on this comprehensive set of measures aiming for fair, enabling, transparent and modern company law rules in Europe.
The event will bring together players from the SMEs scene in Greece, business organisations' and workers' representatives, experts and academics, as well as EESC members to discuss this topical issue.
The second event for the European Day of Sustainable Communities will showcase the critical contribution that community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability are making to support EU policy goals in these areas.
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.