The European Commission announced the Defence of Democracy Package as a way to promote free and fair elections, to fight disinformation, and to develop civic space and citizen participation. The initiative has raised much interest but also concerns amongst civil society actors fearing that aspects addressing interference from non-EU countries could affect civic space. Participating stakeholders are invited to discuss the content of the package to feed into the related EESC opinion.
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Water is a vital but an increasingly scarce resource. As the global population grows, so does the demand for water. The problem is global, but also concerns our continent: in summer 2022 Europe saw the most severe droughts in 500 years. Almost two thirds of European citizens consider water quality and/or quantity in their country to be a serious problem. Climate change will further affect the availability, quality and quantity of water. …
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.
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
The EESC will hold a hybrid hearing in Brussels on 9 November 2023 from 2:30 to 5:30 pm on "Young people and mental health"
In the event, we will discuss some of the factors affecting mental health of young generations, namely addiction to social media climate anxiety and other social determinants like working conditions. The objective will be to propose possible actions to protect mental health of young people and improve their wellbeing.
Cette conférence de haut niveau a été une occasion d'examiner la mise en œuvre concrète des plans nationaux de relance et de résilience (PNRR) et de voir si les investissements et les réformes permettent de relever les défis sociaux.
Parmi les intervenants figurent des représentants de la Commission européenne, du Parlement européen, du Réseau européen des services publics de l'emploi, de l'EIGE (Institut européen pour l'égalité entre les hommes et les femmes), d'Eurofound (Fondation européenne pour l'amélioration des conditions de vie et de travail), du CEPS, de la KU Leuven, des représentants de la jeunesse et des partenaires sociaux au niveau européen (BusinessEurope, CES) et au niveau national.
The EESC FRRL Group's annual conference will provide a platform for debate of the European Commission's fourth Report on the Rule of Law (July 2023).
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 permanent group on Inclusion of the Roma is organising a public hearing on 19 October 2023 on ''Combatting antigypsyism: identifying possible measures''. Antigypsyism remains a key challenge for the Roma, hindering their prospects. The new EU Roma strategic framework foresees cutting the proportion of Roma experiencing discrimination by at least half by 2030. The hearing will look at the current situation with regard to antigypsyism, discussing measures foreseen in the national strategic frameworks aimed to tackle antigypsyism and possible responses to this problem.
How is the EU measuring up when it comes to integrating newcomers to our societies? This event, organised by the EESC's permanent group on immigration and integration, aims to examine the success and lessons learned of integration and inclusion as an EU policy as well as a reality facing many cities and regions in the EU.
Distinguished panels from EU policy, social partners, cities and think tanks will help answer this question.
Your participation is most welcome!
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