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20/03/2019 23/03/2019
Your Europe, Your Say! 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?

29/01/2019

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 last 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? 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.

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.

28/11/2018
Consumer Summit 2018

In cooperation with DG JUST, the EESC is working on the Commission's proposal for a New Deal for Consumers. EESC members are participating in the national dialogues at Member State level. an Opinion on the 2 proposals for Directive is being prepared and the Committee will be hosting the concluding summit at the EESC on 28 November.

22/11/2018 23/11/2018
The role of civil society in protecting, promoting and reinforcing our heritage of values in view of the upcoming European elections

At its 12th Civil Society Media Seminar, the European Economic and Social Committee will look at European values as part of Europe's heritage. On the eve of the European elections, panellists will discuss the challenges and burning issues in contemporary Europe, such as multiculturalism, declining solidarity, growing nationalism and illiberalism and what civil society can do to protect a Europe which upholds its heritage of values - respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law.

15/11/2018 16/11/2018

The EESC´s TEN Section, in cooperation with Austrian Federal Railways, is organising a high-level conference on Clean Mobility that will be held in Vienna during the Austrian Presidency on 15 (pm) and 16 November (am) 2018.

The objective of the conference is to stimulate an open dialogue between civil society organisations, experts, and senior-level representatives of EU institutions about the progress made, and to identify current and future challenges in European transport policy.

13/11/2018 14/11/2018
Additional opportunities for trade, investment and cooperation and the role of the civil society in monitoring the EU-Japan EPA

Following the signature of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) on 17 July this year, the EU-Japan Follow-up Committee will organise a mission to Japan (Tokyo and Kobe) from 13 to 15 November, with the aim to continue to strengthen cooperation and ties between the EESC and its main partners in Japan and to prepare for the establishment of Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs) and the Joint Dialogue with the civil society in the framework of the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of the EU-Japan EPA.

08/11/2018 09/11/2018
Windhoek (Namibia), 8-9 November 2018

On the basis of the Cotonou agreement, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is mandated to organise consultation sessions and meetings of ACP-EU economic and social interest groups in order to voice these actors' views on the ACP-EU partnership and foster cooperation between civil society organisations.

Within this framework, the EESC organises regional seminars every year in one of the ACP regions.

This year, the EESC is organising a regional seminar in Windhoek (Namibia) on 8-9 November 2018.

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:

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