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In order to prepare its opinion on a renewed EU action plan against migrant smuggling (2021-2025) presented by the Commission, the EESC is organising a remote public hearing on 4 February 2022 from 10:00 to 13:00.


The webinar will take place in the context of the EESC Thematic Study Group on Energy, in cooperation with the EESC INT Section. It will concentrate on the main clean energy sources and the impact of the current transition to a carbon-neutral economy on the markets and on society.


In order to prepare its opinion on the European Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) proposal by the European Commission, the EESC is organising a remote public hearing on 13 January 2022 from 9:30 am to 1 pm.

The aim of the event is to discuss the proposal and gather input from other EU Institutions, civil society, social partners and health professionals, which will feed into the EESC's opinion.

Your participation and input are most welcome!

Public hearing

In the context of the meeting of the Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment (NAT) on 7 January 2022, this public hearing aims to engage stakeholders and civil society actors to discuss the European Commission Communication entitled 'Fit for 55': delivering the EU's 2030 Climate Target on the way to climate neutrality, which will feed into the preparation of the EESC opinion on this topic.

Fit for 55 - Public hearing

Under the auspices of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS)-European Union relations, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organises regular consultation meetings with ACP and EU economic and social stakeholders, including representatives of civil society originating from the 79 ACP countries.

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The 29th meeting of the European Economic Area Consultative Committee took place in Brussels on 14 December 2021. The members of the Committee heard a presentation on the EU's Arctic Strategy by Ambassador Michael Mann, EU Special Envoy for Arctic Matters. They also discussed the latest developments in the EEA and topical EU/EFTA issues. The EEA CC adopted resolutions on the following topics: "Global Agreement on Minimum Effective Taxation and its Implementation in the EEA " and "The Action Plan to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights".


The 6th meeting of the EU DAG under the EU-Japan EPA took place on 14 December 2021. It was a working meeting, to follow up on the discussions of the previous meeting (19 October) and to prepare the upcoming joint meetings with the Japanese counterparts. In addition to updates and exchanges with the European Commission and the EU Delegation in Tokyo, the EU DAG members also had the opportunity to listen to a presentation on "Civil Society in Japan" by Professor Akihiro Ogawa at this meeting.


EESC will organise a hearing on the benefits of the Outermost regions on 14/12 with the participation of all relevant stakeholders and representatives of civil society. The digital transition, green and blue economy, new forms of agriculture and sustainable recovery after Covid-19 crisis will be critical issues for these regions. The Hearing will take place in the context of the exploratory opinion requested by the upcoming French Presidency of the EU Council with the title ''The benefits of the outermost regions for the EU''

EESC the house of organised civil society is interested in taking into account all views, concerns and proposals from civil society organisations for the new strategic approach for outermost regions.