Upcoming events

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  • In the context of the upcoming European elections in June 2024, the high-level discussion at the NAT section meeting on 26 February will contribute to set the agenda of the new Commission. Building on previous EESC opinions and events on "The sustainable economy we need" and "Beyond GDP measures", the debate will feed into the own-initiative opinion on A Blueprint for a European Green and Social Deal, based on a wellbeing economy.

  • Public debate with Karl-Heinz Lambertz, Member of the Group of high-level specialists on the future of Cohesion Policy and former President of the Committee of the Regions (CoR)

    Presentation of the Report from the High Level Group on the future of Cohesion Policy by Karl-Heinz Lambertz, Member of the Group of high-level specialists on the future of Cohesion Policy and former President of the Committee of the Regions (CoR)

  • The EESC's Permanent Group on Sustainable Food Systems will discuss "How sustainable food systems can contribute in achieving food security and nutrition, in line with SDG2 on Zero Hunger".

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    With the European elections in June 2024 holding the key to Europe's future, the EESC as the institutional partner of civil society is launching the first edition of its Civil Society Week. This flagship event will gather people of all ages and backgrounds, including youth, journalists and EU institutions, for a vibrant debate on topics that matter to our everyday life and Europe's future.

  • #CivSocWeek

    During the Civil Society Week, the journalists will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the inside work and activities of the Committee, by attending the parallel events, interviewing members and meeting with the EESC Presidency. The seminar is addressed to journalists from all EU Member States in the objective to bring them together and become better acquainted with EESC's work.

  • Stand up for democracy & speak up for Europe: Youth priorities for the next EU legislative term

    Your Europe, Your Say! (YEYS) will take place on Wednesday 6 March 2024 as part of the EESC's Civil Society Week. With the 2024 edition of YEYS taking place in the run up to the European elections, the one day event will seek to inspire its young participants to exercise their democratic right to vote and actively encourage others to do so too.

  • JARDIN kick-off meeting

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) with the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) of the European Commission, is organising a major conference on Rare Diseases in the EU: Joint Action shaping the future of ERNs, which will take place on 8 March 2024 in the headquarters of the EESC in Brussels, Belgium.

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    Extraordinary meeting of the Workers' Group

    The Workers' Group is organising an extraordinary meeting in Brussels, on the occasion of the Belgian Council Presidency. The agenda includes a dicsussion on the priorities and programme of the Presidency.

  • identifying obstacles, solutions and good practices

    Encouraging the Roma community's participation in political life at local, national and European level is one of the objectives of the EU Roma strategic framework 2020-2030. At an estimated 10-12 million, the Roma community constitutes the largest minority in Europe. Yet, in many countries the Roma are not part of the decision-making process, finding themselves in some cases deliberately excluded, intimidated or prevented from representing their rights and needs. Lack of information on the electoral processes itself, together with the vulnerability and difficulties presented by their segregated and poor living conditions, can also impact their possibilities for proper participation in the political scenario. The hearing will explore further the reasons behind the Roma's lack of participation in the political sphere, look into best practices and discuss possible actions that can help increase their participation.