• On 7 December 2023, the sixth meeting of the EU Domestic Advisory Group was held in a hybrid format. DAG members engaged in constructive discussions on key topics shaping the trade partnership between the European Union and Singapore.

    The agenda included an introduction round, a report on recent joint meetings, insights on Singapore's strategic importance, updates on the implementation of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, and a discussion on ways of cooperation and the EU DAG's work priorities.

  • For the 17th time, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Montenegro held the Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) in Brussels on 7 December 2023. The JCC is a civil society platform established between the EESC and Montenegrin civil society. It complements with a civil society point of view the EU institutional framework related to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the EU and Montenegro. This joint institution allows civil society organisations on both sides to monitor the country's accession negotiations. It is also a platform to discuss issues of common interest and to inform the public at large on the challenges ahead during the accession period.

  • The EESC´s Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) is organising a debate on the maritime sector with different stakeholders from international organisations as well as the European Commission. 

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    Migrants in Europe today: specific needs, skills and communication for stronger inclusion

    The European Migration Forum – the dialogue platform on migration, asylum and migrant integration – will meet for the eight time on 4-5 December 2023.

    Participation in the Forum meeting is by invitation only - the call for interested civil society organisations is now closed.

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    During the 11th meeting of the EU-Chile JCC, held physically in Santiago de Chile, the members discussed ways to strengthen our bilateral partnership in the rapidly evolving global political and economic circumstances. The aim was to "put people first", underlining the role of the civil society in promoting inclusive growth and tackling common challenges driven by economic shocks, climate change, instability, various threats to democracy and multilateral order. The JCC also exchanged views on the progress of the constitutional reform in Chile. Moreover, in view of the changes of the legal framework resulting from the modernization of the EU-Chile Association Agreement, participants discussed proposals concerning the role of the civil society and the status of the JCC following the transition.

    The JCC approved the Joint Declaration.

  • The EESC will hold a conference in Madrid on 29 November 2023 from 9:30 am to 1 pm on " Present and future of EU policy for older people"

    In the event we will discuss

    • how European movements of older people view the progress achieved so far;
    • current and future challenges;
    • recommendations for future European policy measures
  • Event poster showing an EU puzzle and a globe

    In the year marking the 30th anniversary of the Single Market, restoring EU competitiveness and completing the Single Market are finally at the centre of the EU agenda. For years, the completion of the Single Market has remained a well-meant intention on paper, but now it is high time to finally turn intentions into actions. And companies are called upon to play a key role in shaping this path towards deepening the Single Market.

  • The CARIFORUM-EU Consultative Committee (CC) was established with the task and responsibility of fostering meaningful dialogue and collaboration among delegates from civil society organizations, including the academic community, and social and economic stakeholders.

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    The 3rd meeting of the EU and the Vietnam Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs), "DAG-to-DAG meeting", established under the Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) chapter of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement, took place on 27-28 November 2023. The event will start with a workshop on Improving workers' rights and access to remedy and grievance mechanisms, and the agenda of the meeting itself included discussions on due diligence, on the situation for small coffee producers and farmers in Vietnam, on the implementation of the Vietnamese Work Plan on Labour Rights and the state of play of the ratification of ILO fundamental conventions by the EU member states and Vietnam, on the right to association as an essential element of chapter 13, and on aquaculture welfare and responsible and sustainable fisheries.

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    Connecting EU 2023

    Let's talk about elections: in the run-up to 2024, already being dubbed "the World Cup of elections", given the number of polling stations people will be heading to across the world, the EESC's flagship annual event for civil society communicators will focus on the vote for the new European Parliament