International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions

SER Curaçao – Virtual Regional Meeting - December 7, 2022

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The Economic and Social Council of Curaçao organized as Vice-Secretary of AICESIS for the Latin American and Caribbean region on December 7, 2022 a virtual regional meeting. Central topics were: "Broad Prosperity'' and the regional Latin-American and Caribbean Network, CESALC.

 

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Call for papers: Interlinked crises and the world of work

The #ILR invites the submissions of papers that analyse the responses to the impacts of multiple "interlinked crises" on people, especially in the world of work, with a view to publishing a special multidisciplinary issue in English, French and Spanish.

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ILO to release new analysis of global labour markets and social trends

The ILO will publish a new edition of its World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2023 (WESO Trends), which looks at the impact of economic slowdown on the global labour market. It covers the extent and consequences of the labour market disruption caused by overlapping economic and geopolitical crises and analyzes global patterns, regional differences and outcomes across groups of workers.

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UCESA at COP27

Notes relating to the activities of UCESA (www.ucesa.africa) at COP27

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November 2, 2022 - Visit of a delegation from the Economic and Social Council of Curaçao (SER)

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The Secretary General of the Economic and Social Council of Curaçao, Raúl Henríquez, accompanied by Miloushka Sboui-Racamy, Advisor of said institution, visited the headquarters of the CES of Spain.

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ILO Monitor on the world of work. Tenth edition

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Multiple crises threaten the global labour market recovery

 

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UCESA GA on October 17

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Speeches by the President of AICESIS at the UCESA GA on October 17, 2022 and by the SG at the Workshop on climate action in Africa on October 18, 2022.

Final Presidency Report Preparation Started in Kazan

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The AICESIS agenda became part of the program of the “Community” Forum organized by the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation in Kazan.

 

On August 25, two panel discussions “Online Education: Accessibility VS Quality Decline” and “Ethical Issues in the Application of Digital Technology: Socio-Economic Implications” were held as a part of preparation of the final report on the Russian Presidency in the AICESIS on “Living in the Online Age: Looming Challenges and Urge for Solutions”.

 

The panel discussions were opened by Olga Golyshenkova, Deputy Chair of the Commission of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation on Economy and Corporate Social Responsibility Development. She thanked the representatives of the AICESIS member countries for their willingness to work together and address the issues brought by the global digital transformation.

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Euromed Steering Committee 2022 sept 7th

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The AICESIS SG has been invited at the Euromed Steering Committee' s Meeting held on September 7

Global Civil Society Cohesion for a Sustainable Response to Global Crises

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On August 24-25, the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation organized its traditional regional “Community” Forum, which this time was hosted by Kazan, capital of Tatarstan. The topic of the Forum was “Russia: Diversity of Cultures, Unity of Citizens”.

 

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High Level Segment (HLS) 2022 of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) from Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 July 2022

 The SG of AICESIS participated following the invitation of the President of ECOSOC of the United Nations to the high-level debate which took place in New York at the United Nations headquarters.

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“Progress is achieved by working together” — Lydia Mikheeva

The AICESIS General Assembly presided by the Civic Chamber was held in Athens.

On June 28, the General Assembly of the International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions (AICESIS) met in Athens, under the presidency of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation. The meeting was attended by representatives of 37 economic and social councils, who are members of AICESIS, and the International Labor Organization (ILO).

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INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONFERENCE’22

A CONCEPT NOTE FOR AICESIS PARTICIPATION  

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Luxemburg : Opinions of the CES adopted during the Plenary Assembly of June 29, 2022

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Following the Plenary Assembly of the Economic and Social Council of June 29, 2022, we invite you to find, attached, the opinion "For a coherent development of the cross-border metropolis of Luxembourg in the Greater Region", the opinion " 2020-2021 Annual Report of the National Productivity Council” as well as the opinion “Revised National Competitiveness Scoreboard Indicators”, adopted during the said Plenary Assembly.

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Joining forces to overcome digital inequality

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The Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation held a discussion session of AICESIS member countries.

On May 25, a roundtable on “Digital Inequality as a Factor Hindering the Development of Society” was held at the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation as part of the preparation for the final report on the current Civic Chamber’s Presidency in the International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions (AICESIS).

 

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110th Session of the International Labour

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On June 9, 2022 during the 110th Session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva (Switzerland) the Secretary General on behalf of AICESIS took the floor online to present the view of the AICESIS on « Decent work and the social and solidarity economy » 

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Euro-Mediterranean Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions

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The AICESIS SG participated on May 31 and June 1, 2022 in the Euro-Mediterranean Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions opened on Tuesday in Marrakech (Morocco) on the theme "Covid-19: the role of civil society in the reconstruction and resilience of the Euro-Mediterranean region”.

A delegation of the Russian Civic Chamber meeting with its Lebanese partners

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May 14, 2022 - Members of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation are in Beirut to observe the elections

 

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"You have to find a happy medium without forgetting the natural rights of the person" - Lydia Mikheeva

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On April 29, the UNCTAD E-Commerce Week 2022 forum session “Striking the Balance Between National Digital Regulation and Cross-Border Data Flows: Prospects and Limits of an Open Data Economy in a Post- coronavirus” was held online. The event was moderated by Lydia Mikheeva, President of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation.

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SER Curaçao joins the Global Deal Initiative

Strengthening of social dialogue needed to meet major challenges

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Russia and China: Hand in hand on the path to a digital future

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Representatives of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation and the Economic and Social Council of the People's Republic of China discussed cooperation in the field of digitalization.

 

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Analysis of tax data in Luxembourg 2021

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In accordance with article 2 of the amended law of March 21, 1966 establishing a Council Economic and Social Council (CES), the Prime Minister referred the matter to the Economic and Social Council, on of March 2, 2021, for an opinion in “the framework of the orientation debate on the modernization and challenges of our tax system on which the Chamber of Deputies is currently in the process of to work. He specifies that the mission of the CES is, firstly, to update the data taxes by integrating the budget years 2018, 2019 and 2020, and, secondly, to measure as much as possible the impact of the measures introduced by the law of December 23, 2016 implementation of the 2017/2018 tax reform. The CES is based on the data available in April 2021.

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AICESIS virtual regional meeting - Latin America - feb 22, 2022

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Download and read conclusions of the session and the PP presentations

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EESC warns of possible negative socio-economic impact of EC energy product taxation proposal

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The European ESC addressing the question of energy; an issue that if of big concern for workers and employers.

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Luxembourg: Plenary Assembly of the Economic and Social Council of January 18, 2022

Following the Plenary Assembly of the Economic and Social Council of January 18, 2022, we invite you to find, attached, the opinion "Analysis of tax data in Luxembourg 2021" as well as the opinion "Annual update of the weighting scheme of the consumer price index - 2022”, adopted during the said Plenary Assembly.

 

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Annual Report on the State of the Civil Society in Russia

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The Annual Report on the State of the Civil Society in Russia in 2021 was issued.

 

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ITC-ILO E-Academy

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Participation of the Secretary General of AICESIS in the ITC-ILO E-Academy on Social Dialogue and Industrial Relations on Monday, November 10, 2021

Launch: Self-Assessment Method for Social Dialogue Institutions (SAM-SDI)

The virtual launch will present key highlights of the SAM-SDI, explaining how it can be applied by ILO constituents and other partners to enhance the impact of tripartite social dialogue in policy-making, as the world of work seeks to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Representatives of government, employers’ and workers’ organizations will speak about the importance of effective tripartite social dialogue in their national contexts.

 

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Further information can be found in the attached brochure. (brochure for download)

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Meeting of the SG with the President of the EUROPEAN CES, Mrs Christa Schweng

 

Meeting between the SG of AICESIS, Apostolos Xyrafis with the President of the European ESC, Mrs Christa Schweng, during the Conference on the Future of Europe, organized in Athens on November 4 2021.

This event was an opportunity to address the issue of the relationships between the EESC and AICESIS.

Invitation from the Economic, Social, and Labor Council of Korea

Today, we are facing ‘the era of great transformation,’ which is characterized by a ‘digital transformation involving digital technologies’ and ‘net zero emissions to fight climate change’. The changes and impacts that will be brought about by the great transformation are perceived as not only issues impacting Korea but unavoidable challenges for the whole world. 

One of the challenges that this era of great transformation will bring about is the sustainability of our economic and social systems. We should avoid situations where inequality and polarization are exacerbated because we fail to consider the workers and employers who are vulnerable to the industrial changes caused by the great transformation. 

The changes are due in part to the shared recognition of the challenges of the great transformation among workers, employers, the government, and the general public as well as the urgency of the changes. If our hopes are addressed and our plans are implemented, we will overcome the crises that will stem from the great transformation and be in a position to take advantage of the new opportunities. 

The International Conference on the Era of Great Transformation organized by the Economic, Social, and Labor Council will be a global discussion forum to build a new labor and employment paradigm in response to the ‘digital transformation’ and ‘net zero emissions’ that are considered the two axes of the great transformation. By examining mid- to long-term tasks and sharing domestic and global response measures, the Conference is expected to contribute to finding ‘a new road’ to respond to the challenges of our time. 

We hope that we will have the pleasure to welcome the participation and interest of tripartite representatives and experts at the forum, where we will address critical questions about this new era together. 

 

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Community active citizen’ forum

On November 2 and 3 in Moscow, on the eve on the national holiday National Unity Day celebrated in Russia on November 4, the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation traditionally organizes the Community active citizen’ forum.

 

Being held since 2015, the forum has turned into an open platform for dialog between civil society, business and government as well as international partners aimed at development and implementation of social projects and advanced cooperation.

 

This year is marked by the Presidency of the Civic Chamber to the AICESIS, hence the organizers have placed special emphasis on topics from presidency agenda: future of the AICESIS and its value for the civil society, digitalization of social spheres, depolitisation of health sector.

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Program-Future of Europe (Athens, 4-11-2021)

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The Economic and Social Council of Greece will organize a public consultation on the Conference on the Future of Europe on November 4, 2021, in Athens, aiming to present the positions of the social partners and stakeholders of Greece on a range of issues, such as: A stronger economy, social justice and jobs (Session 1); Climate change, environment and health (Session 2); the EU in the world and migration (Session 3); European democracy, values, rights and the rule of law (Session 4). A final Declaration will be adopted in the end of the public consultation.

 

This hybrid event (program attached) will be broadcast live online ( https://www.okefutureofeurope.eu/en/), in Greek and in English.

 

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THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE CESEC OF COTE D'IVOIRE, EUGENE AKA AOUELE, TAKES THE PRESIDENCY OF AICESIS

Following the parenthesis caused by the death of the former acting President of AICESIS, Mr. Koffi Diby, a new President of the Ivorian Council has been appointed, Mr. Eugène Aka Aouele, who thus assumes the Presidency of AICESIS. One of the first decisions of the new President was to call Board meetings (July 29 and September 23) to continue the institutional activity of AICESIS, affected in its functioning both by the change of Presidency and the effects of the pandemic.

AICESIS BOARD RESUMES ITS ACTIVITIES AFTER THE PANDEMIC CUT

After assuming the Presidency of AICESIS, the new President of the CESEC of Côte d'Ivoire, Mr. Eugène Aka Aouele, convened a board meeting which took place on July 29, followed by another one on September 23. The Board has not met since October 2019, and for the first time in the AICESIS history met by videoconference.
 
The two meetings were devoted to the analysis of the activities developed during this period, which - although limited in view of the circumstances linked to the pandemic - were maintained at a level sufficient to continue the exchange of experiences between partners and collaboration with the ILO. It should be noted the intervention of the President of the Russian Civic Chamber during the September meeting as the next Council which will assume the AICESIS Presidency for 2022-2023.

Information note on the SG-OIT online meeting of 27/1/2021

During the meeting of Board members on December 17, the situation of OIT-AICESIS cooperation was analyzed, with the participation of the director of the social dialogue department, Mr. Ghellab.

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ZORNITSA ROUSSINOVA OPENED THE FIRST PLENARY SESSION OF THE ESC FOR THE NEW TERM

Today, 25 January 2021, Zornitsa Roussinova - President of the Economic and Social Council (ESC), opened the first plenary session of the new Economic and Social Council. The council's four-year mandate begins on 25 January. Bulgaria faces economic and social challenges, but the Economic and Social Council will contribute at national and European levels to facilitate economic recovery, the creation of jobs, increasing people's incomes, said at the opening of the session ESC President Zornitsa Roussinova.

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ESC PRESIDENT: WE ARE TALKING ABOUT DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION NOW, BUT SOON WE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT DIGITAL COHESION

“The digitalization of the Bulgarian economy and Bulgarian companies, as well as the digital skills not only of the working people, but also of all groups in the society, will be the key topics in the future work of the Economic and Social Council (ESC)”, said Zornitsa Roussinova, the newly elected President by the National Assembly. She participated in a World Bank webinar dedicated to the recently published World Bank report “Europe 4.0: Addressing the Digital Dilemma”. “We are talking about digital transformation now, but soon we will have to talk about digital cohesion”, the ESC President stated.

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ZORNITSA RUSINOVA IS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL

The National Assembly elected Zornitsa Rusinova as President of the Economic and Social Council /ESC/. Mrs. Rusinova served as Minister and Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy and will succeed Prof. Lalko Dulevski, who has been leading ESC for more than 17 years since its establishment. The Economic and Social Council is the institution of organised civil society, which since 2003 expresses through its acts and organised consultations the positions of the organised civil society on strategic problems of the economic and social development of the country and the European Union.

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International cooperation as a response to the global pandemic

On November 2, 2020 the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation holds a panel discussion “International Cooperation during the Pandemic: Rethinking the UN SDGs” as a part of the “Community” forum of active citizens.

 

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ESC EXPRESSES A POSITION ON THE EU ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE REVIEW

On 15th June 2020, the ESC held a Plenary Session and adopted a resolution on the "Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Central Bank, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - Economic Governance Review". With this act the ESC joined the public debate procedure, which the European Commission launched and should end on 30th June. The adopted resolution was sent to all European and national stakeholders.

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ESC STATED ITS POSITION ON THE NEW EU STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK ON SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK 2021-2027

At the Plenary Session held on 22th June, the Economic and Social Council (ESC) adopted an opinion on the "Main Priorities in the Draft EU Strategic Framework on Occupational Safety and Health - 2021-2027".

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ESC CALLS FOR UPDATING OF THE LEGISLATION ON NIGHT WORK

The Economic and Social Council /ESC/ adopted an analysis “The Problems of Performing and Receiving Payment for Night Work in Bulgaria”. The purpose of the act is to draw attention of the institutions to the specifics of the night work in our country related to the nature of this type of work, as well as to some consequences and risks to the health of workers. Night work payment is also a major focus of the analysis.

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ESC IS PREPARING AN OPINION ON THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN BULGARIA

By decision of the President's Board of the Economic and Social Council (ESC), an opinion is being developed on the topic “Digital Transformation in Bulgaria - Challenges and Opportunities in the Context of the Digital Future of Europe. The rapporteurs on the opinion are Plamen Dimitrov and Radosvet Radev, who represent the groups of trade unions and employers. The two co-rapporteurs submitted for discussion the draft opinion prepared at a joint meeting of the three commissions in ESC: the Labour, Income, Living Standards and Industrial Relations Commission; the Social Policy Commission and the Economic Policy Commission.

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OPINION ON “MAIN PRIORITIES IN THE DRAFT EU STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK ON OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH - 2021-2027”

The Economic and Social Council (ESC) included in its Action Plan the development of an opinion on "Main Priorities in the Draft EU Strategic Framework on Occupational Safety and Health - 2021-2027".

 

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RESOLUTION ON "COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS - ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE REVIEW"

The President Board of the ESC decided to elaborate a resolution on the topic "Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Central Bank, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - Economic Governance Review".

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ANALYSIS ON "THE PROBLEMS OF PERFORMING AND RECEIVING PAYMENT FOR NIGHT WORK IN BULGARIA "

The Economic and Social Council of the Republic of Bulgaria included in its Action Plan for 2020 the elaboration of an analysis on the topic "The problems of performing and receiving payment for night work in Bulgaria".

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DELAY IN DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION MAY COST A LOT TO BULGARIA, ESC WARNS

"Digital Transformation in Bulgaria - Challenges and Opportunities in the Context of Europe's Digital Future" is the opinion that ESC adopted at its most recent plenary session. It examines the impact of the digitisation process on key areas of public life and its importance for developing the economic potential of Bulgaria and improving the quality of life of the citizens, summed up the two co-rapporteurs Plamen Dimitrov and Radosvet Radev.

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Video : Moments of the AICESIS presidential mandate of the Romanian ESC during the 2017-2019 period

The International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions (AICESIS) together with the Economic and Social Council of Romania has orgaized the General Assembly of AICESIS, between October 9 and October 10, 2019, at JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel.

 

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