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.
Three years after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, mortality rates in Europe are approximately 10% higher than expected in a normal year. In mid-December 2022, the number of deaths in France and Germany were 25% higher. Squeezed budgets, sicker populations post-COVID, exhausted health and care workers and increasingly ageing European populations do explain, to some extent, these worrying trends. However, the question remains how to learn from the health pandemic and how to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of European health and care systems.
Against this backdrop, the conference of the Civil Society Organisations' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), on 25 May at the Europahuset in Stockholm, will explore both Swedish and European perspectives on health, care and prosperity post COVID-19. What was the impact of the pandemic on European health systems? Why do we need European cooperation in the health and care sectors? How do we build resilient and qualitative health and care systems in the EU? How do we guarantee the right to health care, enhancing accessibility and protecting the most vulnerable?
This conference is organised in the framework of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU. It will take place from 09:15 to 16:45, with the participation of the following high-level speakers:
Lena Hallengren, Member of Parliament, former Swedish Minister for Health and Social Policy (2019-2022)
Miriam Söderström, State Secretary to the Swedish Minister for Health Care
Anette Richardson, Head of Unit for Preparedness and Crisis Management at the Swedish Public Health Agency
Dr Andrea Ammon, Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
For more information, please consult the draft programme.
Simultaneous interpretation will be available in English, French and Swedish.
This is an in-person conference. Registration is now closed.