The EU-Russia and Central Asia Follow-up Committee will meet on 6th November to discuss the current situation of civil society in Russia. Two independent reports, respectively on freedom of speech and on disinformation, will be presented by a human rights-defending organisation, and there will be a general update by the Russia Division within the EEAS.
On 6 November 2023, the EESC will host a public hearing in the context of its ongoing opinion on 'Promoting autonomous and sustainable food production: strategies for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post-2027' requested by the upcoming Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
The EESC participates in the important event on labour, organized by the European Commission (DG EMPL). The Conference creates an opportunity to exchange views on how to strengthen compliance with labour rights and promote decent working conditions, with a particular focus on freedom of association, combating informality at work in rural areas and eradicating child labour.
The Workers' Group is organising an extraordinary meeting in Madrid on the occasion of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU.
On 26 October 2023, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will adopt its call for a new and comprehensive water strategy for Europe – an EU Blue Deal. The high-level conference will be an occasion to exchange with water experts, key stakeholders and representatives of other EU institutions on the need to establish water as one of the strategic priorities for the European Union for the next years to come.
582nd plenary session, with the following guests: Evelyn Regner, Vice-President of the European Parliament and Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for Equality, Pernille Weiss, Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the MEP Water Group. Web streaming
The EESC's Permanent Group on disability Rights is organising a hybrid public hearing on "The Web accessibility directive: looking forward" on 23 October 2023 from 9:30 am to 1 pm.
The aim of the Web Accessibility Directive is to provide people with disabilities with better access to public websites and mobile apps.
In the hearing, stakeholders will look at the main challenges hindering a full application of the directive and discuss which would be the necessary next steps to take in this field to ensure full digital accessibility within the EU
The purpose of this hearing will be to contribute to the EESC opinion and to the debate on the rethinking of the internal market in light of the acceleration of the twin transitions and on crafting a European Industrial Strategy that strenghen EU industries.
The EESC organised its 9th Western Balkans Civil Society Forum in Holiday Inn Hotel Thessaloniki Monastiriou 8, Thessaloniki 546 29, Greece on 19 and 20 October 2023.