The EESC issues between 160 and 190 opinions and information reports a year.
It also organises several annual initiatives and events with a focus on civil society and citizens’ participation such as the Civil Society Prize, the Civil Society Days, the Your Europe, Your Say youth plenary and the ECI Day.
The EESC brings together representatives from all areas of organised civil society, who give their independent advice on EU policies and legislation. The EESC's326 Members are organised into three groups: Employers, Workers and Various Interests.
The EESC has six sections, specialising in concrete topics of relevance to the citizens of the European Union, ranging from social to economic affairs, energy, environment, external relations or the internal market.
The purpose of this hearing will be to gather input from experts and will address the following topics:
Are our societies and enterprises sufficiently well prepared to deal with situations where the daily functioning of society is severely disrupted? By way of example, we could mention:
— Disruption of the availability of raw materials resulting from the disruption of production chains or the transport system;
— The operation of sewerage systems, water supply and waste water treatment;
— The operation of communication systems in the event of a power cut in the long term;
— Exit from buildings/lifts in the event of a power cut, or
— Business continuity of industry in the event of a power cut.
What would be the impact of these disruptions on the production of goods, the provision of services and, in general, on the economic and social model of the EU?
How to strengthen the resilience of companies and ensure business continuity despite threats or other IT incidents that would affect their operations? What is the risk that companies, and in particular SMEs, will be paralysed in the event of serious incidents? What are the solutions to ensure the availability/reliability of infrastructure?
What are the costs of emergency situations for enterprises, how can they be mitigated to allow enterprises to continue their daily operations?
How to find the best way to address these issues across Europe and what role could the EU play in supporting Member States?