As in the previous years, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will actively take part in the annual United Nations Framework on Climate Change – COP27, which this year will take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from 6 to 18 November 2022. This year's COP marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
In the context of the 20th anniversary of the euro coin and in a cultural partnership with the ECO Section, a cultural initiative is being held partly physically and partly online to display the journey of the euro.
The exhibition consists of archive material provided by the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU), using parts of the previously organised online exhibition "From Conception to Launch: Twenty Years of the Euro".
Additionally, the exhibition is enriched by material from the "#EuroAt20" project, launched online in January by the European Commission (DG ECFIN – Unit for Interinstitutional relations and Communication), while the angle of Croatia joining the euro area on 1 January 2023 is also considered. The exhibition will be launched in connection with the ECO Section meeting, where the own-initiative opinion on the digital euro will be debated and agreed.
The European Migration Forum – the dialogue platform on migration, asylum and migrant integration – will meet for the seventh time on 20-21 October 2022. Participation in the Forum meeting is by invitation only.
Participation in the Forum meeting is by invitation only - the call for interested organisations is now closed.
The EESC is organising a public hearing on "Climate justice and how it is affecting people with disabilities in Europe and in the world" on 19 October 2022.
Climate justice is a concept that addresses the just division, fair sharing, and equitable distribution of the benefits and burdens of climate change and responsibilities to deal with it.
People with disabilities, especially those living in low income countries, are among those most impacted by climate change. In addition, their human rights are most at risk of violation by inappropriate climate action. To avoid this, their meaningful participation in climate policy forums for the development of climate adaptation and mitigation plans is needed.
The aim of the event is to identify necessary steps to reach disability inclusive climate justice.
In order to prepare its own initiative opinion on "Supporting labour market developments", the EESC is organising a remote public hearing on 18 October 2022.
The hearing will seek to answer the following questions:
What are the skills of the future and the challenges in the transformation of work, and of the labour market?
What is the contemporary understanding of the concept of employability?
What is the role of the individual and the stakeholders in the labour market?
Invited speakers include representatives of the EU institutions, the social partners, as well as other civil society organisations.
On 11 October 2022, the Civil Society Organisations' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee will hold a conference under the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Reinventing the Moravian-Silesian Region in search of a socially just transition. This is an in-person event that will be streamed online. Please register before 5 October (12:00 p.m. CET).
While the EU is increasing its ambitions under the ‘Fit for 55’ package, Europe's coal regions in transition are facing unprecedented structural change, exacerbated by the major energy crisis resulting from Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the damage caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.
The EESC is organising a hybrid conference entitled "Towards an EU framework against homelessness based on the principle of 'Housing First'" on 7 October 2022 (9h30 to 13h00).
The aim of the conference will be to reflect on how the EU, national, regional and local authorities, as well as organised civil society, can join forces to identify practical steps to be taken to eradicate homelessness in the EU.
Your participation and input are most welcome!
In the context of a constantly evolving economic environment and high uncertainty, the ECO section organises a conference to have an open and inclusive debate with policy-makers, civil society representatives and economic researchers to inform and influence the economic policy debates at EU and national levels.
The Workers' Group is organising an extraordinary meeting focusing on the need for fair minimum wages and strong collective bargaining to guarantee decent living conditions for all.