On the Agenda 12 – 18 December 2022

See our collection of relevant events, conferences, and meetings taking place next week. Tune in to them to stay updated on EU developments.


18 December 2022 International Migrants Day 


European Parliament Committees Meetings 


Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)

ECON-EMPL Economic dialogue on the European Semester Autumn package

Monday 12 December 19:00 CET


Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL)

Monday 12 December 21:15 CET


Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)

Monday 12 December 19:00 – 21:00 CET


European Council 

Thursday 15 December, Brussels


Council of the European Union Meetings


Foreign Affairs Council

Monday 12 December, Brussels    

General Affairs Council   

Tuesday 13 December, Brussels


Project RIDE Webinar – Migrant Women and Digital Skills 

15 December, 10:00 – 11:00 CET

This webinar is offered by the RIDE – Reach Inclusion through Digital Empowerment for Migrant Women – project, to mark International Migrants’ Day on 18th December. Over the last two years, RIDE has been piloting a wide range of training and mentoring methods to enable women migrants in Europe to find jobs in the digital sector.

During the webinar, experts working at the local, national and European levels will provide their insights and experience on the following issues:

  • The challenges of integrating migrant women into Europe’s society and workforce. How to build a project ecosystem centred on migrant women’s needs? How to take into account different migrant women with different needs and abilities?
  • Successful formats for training and mentoring migrant women.
  • How to use European Union funds such as AMIF (the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund) for the training and mentoring of migrant women
  • case study: Best practices in the field

Register here.


Economic and Social Committee 574th Plenary Session 

14 – 15 December, Brussels

574th Plenary session, with the following guests and debates: Young people and the labour market in the context of the European Year of Youth; youth education for SDGs and sustainable food; EU’s relations with its Southern Neighbourhood; Investments to promote gender equality: the role of finance and public recovery policies; Civil Society Prize award ceremony.

OSCE Workshop for Youth on Fostering Inclusion in Poland 

13 – 15 December 2022, Warsaw

ODIHR (The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights) is organizing a series of workshops for Polish and Ukrainian young people on fostering equal, inclusive and cohesive societies. The workshops will be organized throughout Poland, with the first one taking place in Warsaw.


How Standards help Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises to Innovate, Compete and grow 

13 December, Online
15:00 – 17:00

Organised by the European Commission, join U.S. and EU government representatives, private sector speakers, and other experts to discuss technology standards topics most relevant to SMEs, including

  • views on the crucial role technology standards play in enabling SMEs to innovate
  • tools and resources available to help SMEs to compete and grow
  • challenges and barriers to standards development and deployment

Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, share best practices, and provide recommendations to TTC representatives from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission. Register here.

Co-designing Policies: New Approaches Towards Inclusivity

What makes a city truly inclusive? How can it be assured that local policies are accommodating towards newcomers, refugees, and migrants and offer opportunities for them to participate? Co-designing policies can be the right approach to ensure that previously unheard voices are taken into account and consulted during the policy cycle.

Read our article about the advantages and challenges of co-designing policies, followed by a short interview with the city of Düsseldorf and their participation in the UNITES project.

Read the full article on our online magazine, the New European.

On the Agenda 5 – 11 December

See our collection of relevant events, conferences, and meetings taking place next week. Tune in to them to stay updated on EU developments.


European Parliament Committees Meetings 


Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)

Monday 5 December 16:00 – 18.30


Civil Liberties, justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)

Monday 5 December   15:00 – 17:30


Monday 5 December 



Friends of Europe – How can businesses and financial policy get us out of the economic crisis and value greater societal resilience?

This event will take place in Brussels and will also be available to a wider audience via livestream. Register here.


EESC Public hearing – European Long-Term Symposium

9:00 – 16:00 CET, Brussels

The ECO section contributes, in a partnership with Confrontations Europe, to the event “European Long-Term Symposium”. In its fifth edition, it will be focused on the role of long-term investment in the recovery of the EU economy following the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the implementation of the EU Green Deal. A diversity of stakeholders will intervene, including representatives of civil society organisations, private investors from financial and non-financial sector, and EU institutions representatives.

The President of the EESC, Ms Christa Schweng, and the President of the ECO Section, Mr Stefano Palmieri, will participate as speakers.


5th Plenary of the Fit for Future Platform & RegHub workshop 

10:00 – 12:30 CET, Brussels

The members of the Fit for Future Platform (F4F) will gather on 5 December 2022 in Brussels to adopt the platform’s opinions from the 2022 Work Programme.

Among them are two opinions drafted by CoR members and representatives in the platform: The opinion on the Governments Interoperability Strategy, drafted by Anne Karjalainen (PES/SE), and the opinion on the implementation of the end-of-life vehicles Directive, drafted by Mark Speich (EPP, DE). Both opinions have benefitted from in-depth consultations carried out by the CoR Network of Regional Hubs (RegHub) in 2022. The follow-up of the F4F opinions, as well as the preparation of future consultations will be in the focus of the RegHub workshop, taking place back-to-back with the F4F plenary meeting on 5 and 6 December.​​


Tuesday 6 November 

Economic and Financial Affairs Council


EESC Conference – Accelerating transitions to build open strategic autonomy for Europe

9:30 – 17:15 CET, Brussels

This Conference jointly organised by the three Observatories of the European Economic and Social Committee, the Digital Transition and Single Market Observatory (DSMO), the Labour Market Observatory (LMO) and the Sustainable Development Observatory (SDO), aims to explore what strategic autonomy should mean, how could civil society help to accelerate transition to an open strategic autonomy of Europe, and how to ensure coherence between EU policies in the short and medium term.


Wednesday 7  November 

Annual Conference on EU Trade and Investment Law

7 – 9 December, Brussels

The aim of this annual conference is to provide legal practitioners with an update on the current challenges facing the European Union with some of its key trading partners.

It will give participants the opportunity to exchange with high-level experts and acquire a better understanding of topical issues in international trade and investment law. Relevant recent developments in EU and WTO case law will also be tackled.

EIC Summit 2022

The European Innovation Council will host its flagship event on 7 – 8 December 2022. This event will offer a unique opportunity to network. Agenda available here.


Academic conference on the 30th Anniversary of the single market 

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) and the Czech Presidency of the EU are organising an academic conference on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the single market. The conference takes place on 7 December 2022 in Prague in hybrid format. The conference brings together top researchers from academia and policy makers from EU and national institutions to present research findings and policy insights related to the single market.


Thursday 8 December 

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (Employment and social policy)


Women of Europe Awards 2022

18:30 – 21:30 CET, Brussels

The Women of Europe Awards are jointly organised by the European Movement International and the European Women’s Lobby, building upon the national awards of several National European Movement Councils. Register here.


Friday 9 December 

EESC Public Hearing – The European Packaging Sector

11:30 – 13:00 CET, Brussels

This event has a twofold objective: reinforce the message of the EESC opinion “Making packaging a safe, affordable and eco-friendly industry” and to provide immediate feedback on the Revision of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive that will have been published a couple of days before the event. The debate will concentrate on the industrial sectorial aspect of packaging, especially the challenges faced by the sector. Register here.


Justice and Home Affairs Council, 8-9 December 2022


Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (Health)