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In the framework of the Civil Society days, the EESC is hosting a comics' exhibition.

The European and Transatlantic Dialogue Programme of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom ( asked comic artists from all over the world what their understanding of Europe is and what they imagine Europe to look like in 50, 100 or even 200 years.


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Panel discussion on the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) on the Economy for the Common Good

The European Economic and Social Committee organised a panel discussion on "Sustainable Economy and Social Cohesion". The EESC as the consultative Committee for the European Union, in which European Social Partners as well as other organisations of civil society have been represented, has adopted an opinion on the "Economy for the Common Good", that has been presented at the event by EESC rapporteur Carlos Trias Pintó. This was followed by a debate on political implementation and scientific concepts of alternative economic models.

Shaping the future of Europe

The objective is twofold: on the one hand, to review the progress made in building an ecosystem for social enterprises and, on the other hand, to see what the next steps are for this enterprise model to be recognized and more widely disseminated. The European Day of Social Economy Enterprises is also an excellent opportunity to give the floor to the actors in the field by bringing together the EESC's institutional partners and a number of sector representatives as well as several stakeholders in order to have a comprehensive view of the situation, create synergies and discuss how to proceed from the creation of an ecosystem to a systemic change at European level.


Opportunities arising from the restructuring of the European offshore oil and gas industry in the circular economy

Opportunities arising from the restructuring of the European offshore oil and gas industry in the circular economy

The European Economic and Social Committee's Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) and The European Parliament are organizing a two-part event to follow-up and consolidate earlier work on shipbreaking and the recycling society.

The first part of this event will take place at the European Economic and Social Committee on 22nd June.

The second part of this joint event will be a conference on 28th June in the European Parliament in Brussels.

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The Europe we strive for

"The Europe we strive for" will be organised civil society's call for a new political impulse to relaunch the EU on the basis of our values and roots.

It will focus on four themes:

  • Populism, and how to develop a counter-narrative through education and culture;
  • Technological revolution: transforming work, minds and society;
  • Empowerment of civil society organisations, rights and the shrinking space for civil society;
  • Urban and rural dimensions, moving towards more social and territorial cohesion.


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In the framework of the preparation of its own-initiative opinion, the Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion (ECO) organised a public hearing Wealth Inequality in Europe: the Profit-Labour Split, on Friday, 23 June 2017, at the EESC premises, starting from 10 a.m. The objective of the hearing was to gain contributions and insights on this topic from various stakeholders and expert, with a view to channelling these findings into the EESC opinion.

Extraordinary Group III Bureau Meeting

On 23 June 2017, the Bureau of the Various Interests' Group of the EESC held an extraordinary meeting at Ballymascanlon Hotel in Dundalk, Ireland.
The Bureau discussed the direct repercussions of "Brexit" on Ireland, its border, trade and communities.

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The EESC Permanent Study Group on Disability Rights is organising a public hearing on equal treatment in employment and occupation. The aim of the event is to analyse what has been achieved and  what is still to be done for the full implementation of the equal treatment in employment directive.

Labour Market Observatory (LMO)

On 22 June 2017, the Labour Market Observatory (LMO) organised a partner event to the 2017 EU Green Week: a conference on the theme of 'Green jobs for a greener future'. This LMO event focused on the action needed to create quality jobs, adapt people's skills and help those affected by changes as part of the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and greener economy. Speakers included civil society representatives, members of the European Parliament and experts from the European Commission, ILO, OECD and think tanks.


The REGNVM project consists of a series of underwater portraits photographed over a span of two summers in various bays around the Maltese Islands.

The photographs are also published in a limited edition book in which the photographs are woven together with the narrative thread of a story that tells of power, struggle, beauty and love around the inhabitants of the kingdom.

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