Europe is facing many challenges as a result of the pandemic of COVID-19. Crisis management and recovery is in the focus of the activities of the European Institutions and the Member States in 2021.
The three Observatories of the European Economic and Social Committee were following the negotiations of the new multiannual financial framework for 2021-27 and the Next Generation EU. It is crucial to ensure that recovery funding is sustainable as well as inclusive, and that it entails a ‘bounce forward’ for progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and promotion of wellbeing-related goals, rather than a return to business as usual.
The main purpose of this event is to present and discuss about the involvement of civil society in the implementation of the recovery plans, through concrete examples. The Conference will focus on three economic sectors in transition to analyse the opportunities and challenges to shift towards a wellbeing economy, aligned with the SDG Agenda. The three panels on energy, car industry and digitalisation will have a regional kick off presentation of the underlying main drivers, potentials and challenges and will be based on concrete national experience. Each panel will allow time for contributions from participants.