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During the meeting, the EU Domestic Advisory Group (EU DAG) and civil society representatives from Colombia, Peru and Ecuador will discuss implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Title of the Trade Agreement, with a particular focus on respect for international labour and environmental standards. They will also discuss economic, social, environmental and human rights impacts resulting from the implementation of the Agreement. The participants will reflect moreover on how the civil society from the EU, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador can cooperate to promote sustainable development in the context of trade relations and prepare for the next joint meeting. The participants may adopt a joint declaration summarising outcomes of their discussion and present it to the Parties during the Open Session with civil society planned for 12 December.
539th Plenary Session - With Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, 12 December at 2.30 p.m., for a presentation of the conclusions of the European Commission's high-level multi-stakeholder platform and debate on Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030. Thursday 13 December, Award ceremony for the Civil Society Prize. (Web streaming of the session)
"Identities, European Values and Cultural Heritage in Europe"
5 organisations are awarded the 2018 EESC Civil Society Prize : Balkans Beyond Borders short film festival, Eco-Museum by the social cooperative Aria Nuova, Safe Passage, Tastes of Danube – Bread Connects, SWANS initiative
The Euro-Mediterranean Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions aims at promoting greater understanding of the main issues affecting organised civil society in the Euromed region and at discussing the common challenges they face. The Summit brings together aound 120 participants from economic and social councils, or similar institutions, representatives of employers, trade unions, other economic and social interests groups and NGOs from countries which are members of the Union for the Mediterranean (UFM). This year, the exchange will focus on the following topics:
For the 12th time, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Montenegro will hold the Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC). The JCC is a civil society platform established between the EESC and Montenegrin civil society. It complements with a civil society point of view the EU institutional framework related to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the EU and Montenegro. This joint institution allows civil society organisations on both sides to monitor the country's accession negotiations. It is also a platform to discuss issues of common interest and to inform the public at large on the challenges ahead during the accession period.
This 12th JCC will be held in Brussels and will tackle issues such as:
The third edition of the Social Innovation for Refugee Inclusion seminar follows up from two previous events in 2016 and 2017. More than three years on from the peak period of arrivals to Europe, many countries are shifting from ‘crisis management’ towards long-term inclusion of migrant and refugee populations. This event aims to explore how innovations in living situations promote community-driven inclusion, overcoming divisions, facilitating economic opportunities, and fostering a sense of ‘home’.
Taxation of enterprises that use digital technology is high on the political agenda. Goods are increasingly sold by including services provided over the internet. New business models are used and the need for a permanent establishment in a specific location is less pronounced than before. The EESC has been working on this thematic over the recent years and is currently drawing up an own-initiative opinion entitled Taxation in the digitalised economy. In this context the EESC will organise a public hearing Taxation in the Digitalised Economy – Which Way Forward? during which high-level participants will look at the digitalisation of the economy with a view to identifying possible solutions to the resulting taxation challenges - amongst others, on how to reform international taxation rights. The findings of the hearing will feed into the EESC opinion that will be adopted later in 2019.
Your Europe, Your Say! 2019
2019 will be an election year and the new European Parliament will have very important decisions to make, at a time when everything from the economy to communication and from politics to social trends are being revolutionised on a daily basis.
How do you, as a young person, view these changes, and the opportunities and potential risks they bring, and what future solutions might you have to offer?
If you want to discuss these issues with other students from 33 countries, why not take part in YEYS 2019 by sharing your vision and celebrating with us the 10th anniversary of this event?