The objective of the conference on 12 November was to launch the discussion on interrelated topics, but with a forward looking and practical approach. To explore how to move from the personal experience to the Institutional, how to change mind-sets and overcome prejudices.
Skupina Organizácie občianskej spoločnosti - Related Events
On 15 October, the Consumers and Environment Category of the EESC held its public event on the topic 'New EU goals and policies for sustainable development - Joint perspective of consumers and environmentalists'.
On 16 September, the Diversity Europe Group held its Extraordinary meeting in Helsinki (Finland) - at the Auditorium (Annex Building of the Parliament).
The meeting entitled Boosting EU competitiveness – 3 pillars for sustainable growth will mainly focussed on bioeconomy and climate neutral Europe, digitalization and infrastructure in transport sector.
On the 7th of May the Diversity Europe Group of the EESC organised its Extraordinary Meeting in Bucharest. This high level conference took place at the Atrium of the National Library, and its topic was 'A Europe of Shared Values and Civil Society'.
On 15 February, the Bureau of the Diversity Europe Group of the EESC hosted an extraordinary meeting on the topic 'Brexit' at Queen's University in Belfast. The seminar entitled 'The Implications of Brexit for Civil Society and the Peace Process' focussed on the fragility of the Good Friday Agreement in view of an impending Brexit. Politicians, academia and civil were called upon to give their views and some one hundred participants are expected. The conference took place at Isdell Courtyard seminar room, Ridell Hall.
On 6-7 December, the Diversity Europe Group held its extraordinary meeting at the EESC premises (VMA Building - Room VMA3). During this meeting entitled 'Bursting Brussels' 'Bubble': How to communicate Your Europe', EESC Group III Members learned more about efficient communication tools in order to become EU 'ambassadors' and to communicate the way they feel about Europe.
On 27 November the Liberal Professions Category (EESC) hosted an event related to the Day of the Liberal Professions. After this event, Group III President Arno Metzler and both Spokespersons of the Liberal Professions Category Marina Elvira Calderone and Rudolf Kolbe met with the President of the European Parliament Antonio TAJANI. They jointly discussed the next steps to infiltrate the common definition of liberal professions in the European law making process, in order to fully unfold their potential and thus improve the competitiveness of EU economy.
On 14 November, the Group III organised its Extraordinary meeting in Luxembourg, at the premises of the European Investment Bank (EIB). The meeting entitled Communicating Your Europe: Solid Facts and Information was 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 Diversity Europe Group (Group III) held an extraordinary meeting on 11 October on the question: "Can Economic Progress and Social Stability Cure EU-scepticism?"
The meeting was organised in partnership with the Vorarlberg Chamber of Labour and took place in the Montforthaus Congress Centre in Feldkirch, Austria.
On 6 March 2018, the Various Interests Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), organised a conference in Sofia, Bulgaria, entitled 'Supporting Vulnerable Regions and Citizens: boosting sustainable growth and cohesion'. The event took place at the Boyana conference centre, which had been kindly made available to the EESC by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.