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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.
On 14 November, the Group III will organise its Extraordinary meeting in Luxembourg, at the premises of the European Investment Bank (EIB). The meeting entitled Communicating Your Europe: Solid Facts and Information will be divided in two main parts: one part dealing with the EFSI and the Invest EU Programme (2021-2027) and the other part focussing on a presentation by Eurostat of 1) Big Data, challenges and opportunities and 2) Quality of Life Indicators. Stay tuned to get more information regarding this event !
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.
With a view to gathering as much input as possible during the preparatory process for the proposed opinion from a wide range of experts, the hearing will include preliminary presentation on the governance, functioning and structure of the WTO with an exploration towards the strategic role that civil society can represent in a wider plurality of interests and a larger scope of collaboration.
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.
The Workers' Group is organising an event for the presentation and discussion of the study "Overview of the national strategies on work 4.0 – a coherent analysis of the role of the social partners".
The study will be presented by its author, Anna Byhovskaya, Senior Policy Advisor at the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD.
On 27 November the Liberal Professions Category (EESC) will host an event related to the Day of the Liberal Professions. The meeting, entitled Liberal Professions 4.0.: Sustainable Transformation of Professional Features, aims to gain fresh insight regarding a future-proof definition of the liberal professions in a digitalised professional world.
As a follow-up to the Consumer Dialogues, "Les Assises des Consommateurs" (the 2018 Consumer Summit) will showcase the results of this outreach and offer the opportunity for debate and conclusions.
The Labour Market Observatory of the EESC is organising a conference entitled "Public employment services in the context of the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights: what is their new role as regards active labour market policies?" on the 29 November 2018, at the EESC.
The event will look into the current situation of public employment services in the EU, in the context of the implementation of the Pillar of Social Rights and other recent developments. It will showcase several good practices from EU countries, as regards activation, outreach to vulnerable people and cooperation with employers and trade unions.
Speakers include representatives from the European Parliament, European Commission, the EESC, the OECD, the Public Employment Services (PES) Network, Eurofound, academia, as well as social partners and other civil society organisations.