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At the 500th EESC plenary session on 9 July, five students from the "Your Europe, Your Say!" event had the honour of presenting and defending their priorities for the future of Europe to an audience of around 500 attentive members and representatives from the EU.

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Your Europe, Your Say !

Act. React. Impact. Conference - Brussels






The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has made working with young people one of its top priorities.  

Your Europe Your Say !  (YEYS) is one of the initiatives for young people organised by the EESC.

In fact, Your Europe, Your Say! takes place since 2010 and is a simulation of the work done by the members of the EESC. Approximately one hundred students, who represent Europe's youth, come to Brussels to debate, negotiate and reach consensus on topics that are of high priority to young people in order to have a say in Europe’s future.

The EESC aims to make EU policy-making and legislation processes more democratic and effective by representing the needs of the EU citizens.


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What's the EESC?

The EESC in a few words

What is the European Economic and Social Committee and what does it do?

It's a European advisory body. It has members from all the EU countries, representing different economic and social sectors in society: employers, workers, NGOs and various other organisations. In the European decision-making process, its role is to advise the other European institutions (European Commission, Council of the European Union and European Parliament). The EESC gives them its point of view on particular issues, in documents known in euro-speak as "opinions".

Who are the EESC's members?

The 353 members come from organisations throughout the 28 EU Member States. Each member belongs to one of the Committee's three major groups, "Employers", "Workers" and "Various Interests". Their job is to work together to reach a consensus, so that the Committee can issue "opinions" that reflect the interests of the greatest number.

Why is the Committee's work important?

Through the various civil society organisations represented by the EESC, ordinary people in Europe can make their views heard and influence decisions taken at European level.

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