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  • Energy poverty at the crossroads of the European Pillar of Social Rights and the European Green Deal, Tackling energy poverty at the heart of the ecological and energy transition and Tackling energy poverty for a just transition. The conference on Affordable Energy: Turning civil society views into action will bring together participants from the EU institutions, local actors and civil society organisations from all 27 EU countries.


  • Civil society for an open democratic debate

    This is the 2nd campaign on fighting disinformation that the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising as part of its overall project on disinformation to be implemented with the help of civil society.

  • identifying obstacles, solutions and good practices

    Encouraging the Roma community's participation in political life at local, national and European level is one of the objectives of the EU Roma strategic framework 2020-2030. At an estimated 10-12 million, the Roma community constitutes the largest minority in Europe. Yet, in many countries the Roma are not part of the decision-making process, finding themselves in some cases deliberately excluded, intimidated or prevented from representing their rights and needs. Lack of information on the electoral processes itself, together with the vulnerability and difficulties presented by their segregated and poor living conditions, can also impact their possibilities for proper participation in the political scenario. The hearing will explore further the reasons behind the Roma's lack of participation in the political sphere, look into best practices and discuss possible actions that can help increase their participation.

  • The EESC's Permanent Group on disability Rights is organising a hybrid public hearing on " Potential and challenges of Assistive Technology and Artificial Intelligence on the life of PWD " on 14 March 2024 from 9:30 am to 1 pm.

    When implemented effectively, assistive technology (AT) can improve accessibility and quality of life. Artificial intelligence (AI) can enhance the effectiveness of AT in a number of fields, but it is important that it is developed safely with accessibility and inclusion in mind.

    During the hearing, we will discuss with stakeholders the potential but also challenges associated with the use of AT and AI on the life of PWDs.

  • EESC – EC Seminar

    The seminar will provide an opportunity for an exchange between legal practitioners, national authorities (including Charter focal points), civil society organisations, human rights defenders, politicians and other stakeholders on how the effectiveness of legal protection and access to justice – whether through judicial or non-judicial remedies - can be effectively ensured and further improved across the EU.

  • JARDIN kick-off meeting

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) with the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) of the European Commission, is organising a major conference on Rare Diseases in the EU: Joint Action shaping the future of ERNs, which will take place on 8 March 2024 in the headquarters of the EESC in Brussels, Belgium.

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    With the European elections in June 2024 holding the key to Europe's future, the EESC as the institutional partner of civil society is launching the first edition of its Civil Society Week. This flagship event will gather people of all ages and backgrounds, including youth, journalists and EU institutions, for a vibrant debate on topics that matter to our everyday life and Europe's future.

  • #CivSocWeek

    During the Civil Society Week, the journalists will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the inside work and activities of the Committee, by attending the parallel events, interviewing members and meeting with the EESC Presidency. The seminar is addressed to journalists from all EU Member States in the objective to bring them together and become better acquainted with EESC's work.

  • Stand up for democracy & speak up for Europe: Youth priorities for the next EU legislative term

    Your Europe, Your Say! (YEYS) will take place on Wednesday 6 March 2024 as part of the EESC's Civil Society Week. With the 2024 edition of YEYS taking place in the run up to the European elections, the one day event will seek to inspire its young participants to exercise their democratic right to vote and actively encourage others to do so too.