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The Labour Market Observatory of the EESC is organising a conference entitled "Solidarity between generations: a focus on ageing workers " on the 30 April 2019, at the EESC.

10 years after the first European Day of Solidarity between Generations (29 April 2009), we will look into the concept of solidarity and cooperation between generations, for a fairer and sustainable labour market. We will put the focus on the situation of ageing workers and the preconditions for them to stay active in the new world of work.

The event will showcase several good practices from EU countries and feature speakers from the organised civil society, European Commission and the EESC. All the discussions will feed into an opinion that is currently being prepared by the EESC at the request of the incoming Finnish Presidency, on "Changing world of work and ageing workers"


The event will focus on how the EU and its Member States can contribute to the implementation of the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. The first panel will cover the views of relevant institutional stakeholders on what can and should be done at European level. The second panel will focus on the role that social partners and civil society organisations can play in working towards achieving the compact's objectives.


Together with the other EU institutions in Brussels, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will open its doors on Saturday 4 May in celebration of Europe Day. This year the Open Day is about choosing your future: the European elections on 23-26 May are your chance to have a say on who makes big decisions that affect your daily life. Pledge to vote and take responsibility for the future at!

Extraordinary meeting of Group III

On the 7th of May the Diversity Europe Group of the EESC will organise its Extraordinary Meeting in Bucharest. This high level conference will take place at the Atrium of the National Library, and its topic will be 'A Europe of Shared Values and Civil Society'. Stay tuned for more information! 


The European Economic and Social Committee will in 2019 issue an opinion from the perspectives of organised civil society on the New EU Forest Strategy: for forests and the forest sector in the light of the Commission's progress report. This public hearing will host representatives of concerned organisations within the EU and outside to share views from anywhere in the spectrum of organised civil society.

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The 27th meeting of of the European Economic Area Consultative Committee will take place in the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels (Belgium) on 23-24 May 2019.

The members of the Committee will discuss the latest developments in EEA and well as EU/EFTA issues. Special attention will also be given to the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the EEA Agreement. The Consultative Committee will adopt two resolutions on the following topics:

  • The European Labour Authority
  • Benefits of 25 years of the EEA Agreement for the EEA countries
With a special attention to the 25th anniversary of the European Economic Area

The meeting of the Section for External Relations will take place on 24 May 2019 in the room JDE 62. During this meeting, a special attention will be given to the 25th anniversary of the European Economic Area.


In the framework of its own initiative opinion on "Blockchain and distributed ledger technology as an ideal infrastructure for Social Economy", the EESC organizes on 29 May 2019 a public hearing on "Blockchain: technology for the social economy 4.0".

The objective of the hearing will be to give the floor to experts in the field, but also to present case studies aiming at showing how Social Economy can benefit from this new technology.